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Glasstec Showcases Architectural Capabilities for Glass

Nov 13th, 2008

The recent glasstec show, which I attended in Dusseldorf, Germany, is the architectural glass and metal industry’s largest event. It also has actively reached out to architects for a number of years, to educate them on the increasing architectural capabilities of the material.   This year, possibly more than ever before, the event showcased architectural […]

Luck in Las Vegas

Oct 22nd, 2008

I was in Las Vegas last week for a trade show (Glass Build America, an architectural glass and metal trade show) and since it was the worst week in recent financial history, people couldn’t help but talk about the economy and where it might be going. The answer to that question changes on a daily […]

The Glass Limelight

Oct 8th, 2008

The September 15 issue of New York magazine may have featured all the current presidential-race personalities on its cover, with six pages devoted to the article, but a little further into the issue was an architectural critique, building by building, examining what impact the last building boom has had on the city. Headlined The Glass […]

An Elevator Ride with Brad Cloepfil

Sep 24th, 2008

After the press briefing last week at the Museum of Arts and Design’s new quarters at New York City’s Columbus Circle, I saw architect Brad Cloepfil waiting for an elevator with some MAD executives. I introduced myself and asked him what his thoughts had been about how he would use glass when he did the design. “We […]

The Bean’s Gleam (and How It Got It)

Sep 10th, 2008

In a column in the August 24 Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times, Roberta Smith discussed the current resurgence in public art, specifically sculpture. Ms Smith said that while there was more of this type of art being created, not all of it is good. On the positive side, she did place […]

Falling Glass

Aug 27th, 2008

How clumsy have they gotten in the Big Apple where it seems glass is raining out of the sky? Call it coincidence, but large lites of glass have been falling from buildings in New York City at an alarming rate in the last couple of weeks. What is going on? Are glaziers getting clumsy and […]

Innovative Designs

Aug 6th, 2008

I am finishing up the text for the next issue, September/October, of the Architects’ Guide to Glass and Metal, and our lead article reports on innovative glass designs. I am amazed when working on all the issues of the magazine at how much innovative design is being done with architectural glass and metal. In the […]

Up, Up and Away

Jul 24th, 2008

I love to travel and I have been fortunate enough to take tours offered by Smithsonian Journeys, the travel operation branch of the Washington, D.C. based museum. These tours have been the finest and most interesting I’ve taken in my nearly 40 years of traveling. Even the tour I took with the Smithsonian to China, […]

The Mind Reels

Jul 11th, 2008

Unless you’ve had your head under a rock for the past month, you must have heard of architect David Fisher’s plans to build an 80-story structure in Dubai. The attention-getting feature of this building is that each floor will rotate independently giving the structure an infinitely changing appearance. Well, I say why not. Architectural design […]

A Best List

Jun 26th, 2008

A recent issue of New York magazine commemorated its 40th anniversary and included best-of-the-best lists for various categories in the four decades it has been published. Lists like these are one of our great secret guilty pleasures even though most people make fun of them. We all read them to see who/what got included and […]

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