Engineered Transparency, by Bell, Michael
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- ISBN: 9781568987989 | 1568987986
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 2/28/2009
If glass is one of the most ubiquitous building materials of our time, it is also one of the most innovative and preoccupying.Its growing use during the twentieth century served to underscore and advance a radical new conception of the built environment. Today, scientists, engineers, and manufacturers continue to develop new structural, optical, and thermal properties for glass, each development creating new physical and experiential possibilities for the material. Witnesses to glass's technological transformations over time are lead to wonder: Is glass still glass?This volume takes a broad look at glass as a twenty-first-century building material. Contributions by foremost thinkers inthe field of architecture and design including historians Kenneth Frampton, Antoine Picon, and Detlef Mertins; cultural critics Beatriz Colomina, Joan Ockman, and Reinhold Martin; engineers Werner Sobek, Guy Nordenson, and Richard Tomasetti; architects Kazuyo Seijima, Steven Holl, and Elizabeth Diller, take on the question of what constitutes "glass" and postulate the future of a material pushed to the limit.