By Michael Bell
Glass is likely one of the such a lot ubiquitous and greatly researched construction fabrics. regardless of the serious function it has performed inmodern structure within the final century, we have now but to totally understand the cultural and technological results of thiscomplex and complicated development fabric. Engineered Transparency brings jointly a rare, multidisciplinary team of overseas architects, engineers, brands, and critics to jointly re-examine glasswithin the context of modern engineering and structural achievements. In gentle of those developments, glass hasreemerged as a singular architectural fabric, delivering new and formerly unbelievable modes of visible excitement andspatial event.
Engineered Transparency offers a portfolio of tasks that includes state of the art glass designs via todays such a lot leading edge architects, together with SANAA's acclaimed Glass Pavilion on the Toledo Museum of artwork, Yoshio Taniguchi's MoMA growth in manhattan urban, and Steven Holl's Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas urban. With contributions through most effective thinkers within the box of structure and layout together with historians Kenneth Frampton, Antoine Picon, and DetlefMertins; cultural critics Beatriz Colomina, Joan Ockman, and Reinhold Martin; engineers Werner Sobek, man Nordenson,and Richard Tomasetti; and designers Kazuyo Sejima, Steve Holl, and Elizabeth Diller, Engineered Transparency redefines glass as a twenty first century construction fabric and demanding situations our assumptions approximately its aesthetic, structural, and spatial strength.
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Among other things, this meant that in the discourse surrounding the building, the insulating properties of its single pane of tinted glass were emphasized as a tangible, technological response 41 Engineered Transparency Essays Mirror Glass (A Fragment) Reinhold Martin to the significantly less tangible—though equally real—risks posed by resource depletion at a global scale. The problem, of course, is that resource depletion is difficult to see, as is the environmental destruction that comes with it.
Fig. 3 Notwithstanding his systematic approach, Paxton was neither an architect nor an engineer, but a gardener and conservatory builder. One of his chief inspirations for the ingenious ridge-and-furrow system that he devised for the building’s roof was the veining structure of a colossal water lily he had tended in the great hothouse at Chatsworth. | fig. 5 Paxton’s analogy between inorganic and organic systems, between the mechanical and the natural, would become an ongoing dialectic of modern architecture.
7 | Le Corbusier, Genève: Immeuble Wanner, plan, 1928 fig. 8 | Sigfried Giedion, cover of Befreites Wohnen (Liberated Living), 1929, with photo by Carl Hubacher of the interior of a house by M. E. Häfeli, Wasserwerkstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland fig. 9 | Bruno Paul, optics room at a glass exhibition, from Arthur Korn's Glas im Bau und als Gebrauchsgegenstand, 1929 fig. 10 | Marcel Breuer, table, from Arthur Korn's Glas im Bau und als Gebrauchsgegenstand, 1929 50 Engineered Transparency Essays A Crystal World: Between Reason and Spectacle Joan Ockman fig.
Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass by Michael Bell