Volume 50, Issue 4 - April 2015


Glass Hits the BIG Time

A new exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., features the work of lauded architect Bjarke Ingels. It also provides a window into how he looks at glass—or more specifically, how he looks through it.

“I think for me, glass is purely about daylight and views,” Ingels told USGlass magazine during an exclusive interview. “And of course trying to find the aesthetic in that. But I think … the quality of glass is in its transparency.”

Ingels and his Denmark- and New York-based architectural firm the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) recently premiered the museum exhibition “Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation.” The showcase, which will be on display through August, features 60 projects by Ingels’ firm.

Architectural models, mock-ups and prototypes of BIG projects are suspended over the second-floor balconies of the museum’s main hall for observation. The models are displayed from projects in hot climates to cold climates, demonstrating the correlation between architecture and the environment in which it exists.

Bjarke Ingels discusses the thinking behind one of BIG’s projects featured in the Hot to Cold exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

CGA to Hold Glass Connections in Saskatoon in June

The Canadian Glass Association (CGA) will hold Glass Connections 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 3-4. The educational and networking event is designed for glaziers, architects, engineers, designers, spec writers, commercial construction contractors and building owners.

The event will open with a cocktail party on June 3, and will continue on June 4 with a full day of educational sessions. It will be held at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel. Attendees can reserve their rooms by calling 800/325-3535 and mentioning the CGA 2015 annual convention.


Vitrum 2015 Sees Increase in Early Exhibitor Registration

Vitrum 2015, the international trade show that specializes in machinery, equipment and systems for flat and hollow glass and in glass and processed products for the industry, takes place October 6-9 in Milan, Italy. The exhibition has seen an increase in early exhibitor registration over the same period in 2013, according to event organizers.
The number of businesses registered is already up by about 35 percent, and an extra 1,000 square meters of exhibit space has been requested, according to organizers.


The exhibition features more than 60 models and mock-ups of BIG projects, including a Swiss watch museum that utilizes large, column-less glass walls.

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