When Worlds Collide  
Architecture and Glass Come Together in Boston at GlassCon Global  
by Nick St. Denis  
ooking to connect with the brightest minds in  
the architectural glass and glazing industry? Here’s  
a tip: they’ll be in Boston this summer—for the  
specific purpose of sharing knowledge and ideas  
with people like you.  
GlassCon Global, an educational conference  
and technical symposium bringing together all  
segments of the design/build and construction  
• Collaboration among manufacturers, designers  
and end users to further the architectural glass  
and glazing industry.  
The event will feature more than 40 techni-  
cal presentations and will provide Continuing  
Education System (CES) credits for American  
industries, will be held July 6-9, 2016, at the  
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston.  
The three-day event is dedicated to the explo-  
ration and advancement of architectural glass and  
glazing technology and products. It is administered Institute of Architects (AIA) members.  
by FCA International and joins architects, design-  
ers, engineers, academics and students with glass  
and glazing contractors, fabricators and manufac-  
turers to explore the latest in glass research, design  
and application.  
Some of the topics to be covered in the 2016  
sessions are:  
• NetZero, energy and sustainability;  
• High-performance use of glass;  
• Scientific research;  
The Architect’s Dream  
List Panel discusses  
design ideas and  
innovations at the  
last GlassCon Global  
in 2014. (From left to  
right: Graham Dodd,  
Arup; Michel Michno,  
Enclos; Christoph  
Timm, SOM; and  
Winfried Heusler,  
GlassCon Global was designed to provide all  
who work with architectural glass the opportunity  
to share ideas, visions and new technologies with  
industry professionals.  
• Case studies;  
• Interior and decorative; and  
• Security, fire-rated and laminated glazing.  
GlassCon Global encourages collaboration  
within the architectural glass and glazing industry  
in the development of new building systems and  
The event’s more than 20 hours of program-  
ming includes:  
• A forum for the presentation of new technolo-  
gies and product development;  
In addition to the many educational workshops,  
the event will also feature an exhibit space for addi-  
• Education and information for architects, engi-  
neers, specifiers, owners, developers and leaders tional opportunities in networking and learning.  
in the glass and glazing industry; and  
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Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal  
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