Volume 28, Issue 5 - September/October 2014

Education Abroad
glasstec 2014
Offers Exhibition, Seminars and More for Architects
by Ellen Rogers

Exibits at glasstec will represent segments such as
light directing, translucent glazing, OLEDs and more.

glasstec, which takes place bi-annually in Düsseldorf, Germany, may be known as the show of all shows when it comes to glass fabrication machinery and equipment, but it also includes a lot for architects to see. What’s in it for me, you may ask. Plenty. Learn about new technologies and trends, take part in architectural sessions and programs, rub elbows with some internationally renowned architects and much more. The show is set for October 21-24, and promises a stellar lineup.

Glass Technology Live

If you’d like a preview of technological glass developments currently in the works, look no further than the special show “glass technology live” (GTL). Organized by Prof. Stefan Behling and his team at the Institute for Building Construction at the University of Stuttgart, GTL shows emerging products– usually including highlights from the various fields of application and always with a focus on architecture. In 2014, the highlighted themes at this special show, which covers about 2,500 square meters, will fall under the category of “Intelligent Glass” and include the areas such as Intelligent Building Envelopes, Façade + Energy (Solar), Innovations in Glass, and Glass Design + Interior. In addition, some of the innovative exhibits on display will represent segments such as light directing, translucent glazing, composite elements in façades, glass and OLEDs as well as light and thin glass for architecture and displays.

The event brings together some of the top players in the glass technology industry.

Symposium Sessions

A high-caliber symposium will accompany “glass technology live,” that will be free of charge to all visitors. Speakers from leading research institutes, associations, companies and architectural firms will discuss cutting-edge topics concerning the future of the glass industry right in the GTL exhibit space. The symposium program will cover a different theme each day, with the content designed by the following partner organizations:

• The Research Association of the German Glass Industry and the German Society of Glass Technology discussing glass melting and forming on October 21;
• The German Engineering Federation, discussing processing and finishing technology on October 22;
• The University of Stuttgart, discussing architecture and technology on October 23; and
• The German Federal Association of Glaziers Trades, discussing skilled crafts on October 24.

The show encompasses nine halls at the Messe Düsseldorf.

More to Learn

In addition, directly adjacent to GTL, glasstec visitors will find the Façade Center with the “Professional Center Glass + Façade.” Here, visitors will find everything related to energy-efficient building shells, such as exhibitor presentations, innovative mock-ups, as well as information from institutes and associations.

glasstec 2014 also includes several congress programs, including one focused specifically on architecture. The International Architectural Congress, taking place October 22, under the motto glass 5.0, will present not only the technical capacity of the glass, but also glass design of the future in all of its aesthetic facets. The program is organized in co-operation with the Architektenkammer NRW (Chamber of Architects North Rhine-Westphalia), the Technical University of Delft and the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe.

The event is certified as professional ongoing education (AKNW – 4 lessons for architects and interior designers, IK-Bau NRW – 4 time units).

To learn more about glasstec 2014 and its many special programs, visit

glasstec provides attendees with an opportunity to see and learn about a range of new glazing technologies and developments.


Ellen Rogers is the editor of Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal magazine. She can be reached at

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