Glass and Glazing Conference hosted by MIT

“Glass & Glazing in the 21st Century” is the title of the conference and training programme on glass and glazing that will be hosted by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Department of Architecture“s…

“Glass & Glazing in the 21st Century” is the title of the conference and training programme on glass and glazing that will be hosted by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Department of Architecture“s Building Technology Program and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA“s Historic Resources Committee. The conference will focus on developments in structural, energy saving and decorative uses of architectural glasses in new building faades, envelopes and monuments, along with their application in the restoration and upgrading of existing structures. The conference sessions will offer attendees important insights into the performance of glass and glazing in the outdoor environment, as well as the correct selection, specification, use and maintenance of glass materials for existing and new buildings and artistic works. The two-day conference, which will be held 20-21 March 2010 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will be followed by an optional stained glass programme on 22 March 2010. The sessions are aimed at architects, engineers, building restoration specialists, construction specifiers, contractors and manufacturers and suppliers of components and systems for the preservation, restoration, repair and/or maintenance of glass, and more. Topics to be discussed include the basic material properties of glass; the role of thermal, mechanical, structural, and chemical properties on performance and durability; the effects of environmental conditions; how these material characteristics and interactions need to be considered in specifying glass for new designs and for restoration/preservation projects; new developments in manufacturing and fabrication operations and in construction techniques; strategies for determining and evaluating deterioration and procedures for replicating historic appearance; and viable approaches to preservation/maintenance planning, facilities management, and repair/replacement programmes, for both old and new structures. Conference speakers include more than 25 well-known architects, structural and energy engineers, architectural historians, conservators, and architectural glass technical specialists, such as James Carpenter of James Carpenter Design Associates Inc. presenting “The Structure of Transparency: Light in the Public Realm;” David A. Wennekamp, project executive for Ipswich Bay Glass Co. offering an “Installer“s Viewpoint;” Christopher Barry of Pilkington with “Manufacturing Developments and Fabrication Techniques/Limitations;” Viracon“s Don McCann“s presentation on “Coatings on Glass and Fritting;” and a discussion regarding “Energy and Sustainability Aspects of Glass/Glazing: Realistic Expectations” from Stephen Selkowitz of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.”Glass & Glazing in the 21st Century” is the title of the conference and training programme on glass and glazing that will be hosted by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Department of Architecture“s Building Technology Program and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA“s Historic Resources Committee. The conference will focus on developments in structural, energy saving and decorative uses of architectural glasses in new building faades, envelopes and monuments, along with their application in the restoration and upgrading of existing structures. The conference sessions will offer attendees important insights into the performance of glass and glazing in the outdoor environment, as well as the correct selection, specification, use and maintenance of glass materials for existing and new buildings and artistic works. The two-day conference, which will be held 20-21 March 2010 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will be followed by an optional stained glass programme on 22 March 2010. The sessions are aimed at architects, engineers, building restoration specialists, construction specifiers, contractors and manufacturers and suppliers of components and systems for the preservation, restoration, repair and/or maintenance of glass, and more. Topics to be discussed include the basic material properties of glass; the role of thermal, mechanical, structural, and chemical properties on performance and durability; the effects of environmental conditions; how these material characteristics and interactions need to be considered in specifying glass for new designs and for restoration/preservation projects; new developments in manufacturing and fabrication operations and in construction techniques; strategies for determining and evaluating deterioration and procedures for replicating historic appearance; and viable approaches to preservation/maintenance planning, facilities management, and repair/replacement programmes, for both old and new structures. Conference speakers include more than 25 well-known architects, structural and energy engineers, architectural historians, conservators, and architectural glass technical specialists, such as James Carpenter of James Carpenter Design Associates Inc. presenting “The Structure of Transparency: Light in the Public Realm;” David A. Wennekamp, project executive for Ipswich Bay Glass Co. offering an “Installer“s Viewpoint;” Christopher Barry of Pilkington with “Manufacturing Developments and Fabrication Techniques/Limitations;” Viracon“s Don McCann“s presentation on “Coatings on Glass and Fritting;” and a discussion regarding “Energy and Sustainability Aspects of Glass/Glazing: Realistic Expectations” from Stephen Selkowitz of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.