Architects and clients increasingly demand a clean and direct design language of the building envelope. This aim also applies to parapets for loggias and balconies. Thus, glass railings are increasingly used. Clamps or other additional fixing elements that are typically used for such constructions are visible and impair the appearance of the building envelope. This […]

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Glass has been used as a prized construction material for centuries. Typically, it has been used as a window infill, initially designed empirically where thickness available was adequate for the sizes available. As technology has proceeded, the size of glass available has increased by orders of magnitudes and standards have been written to guide the […]

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Richard Green

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Growing populations, climate change, megacities and the loss of arable land require new concepts in food production. Greenhouses are proven to increase productivity per unit area, but usually are associated with high energy consumption. At high temperatures, cooling takes place mainly through evaporation and leads to water loss. The use of high-tech – e.g. harvesting […]

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Stefan Lück

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The constant evolution of glasses and quality standards, the search for always more performance in architectural, automotive and solar industry become a permanent challenge for the complete furnace engineering. Delivering high quality when handling the glass in the plastic stage of the treatment, drives the selection of all moving pieces capable to address end product […]

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Jean-Denis Nicolas

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A new phenomenological Helmholtz free energy function is proposed and afterwards revisited within the context of molecular-statistical theory to reconcile both theories of developing hyperelastic constitutive models. The functional is based on an inverse polynomial, which was developed by Nelder to describe processes in agricultural systems. In order to demonstrate the high adaptability of the […]

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The Seattle Space Needle is one of the world’s most iconic observation towers. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle’s owners embarked on a significant rennovation to update and maintain its status as the number one tourist attraction in Seattle. The Architects were challenged to make the experience fresh and exciting whilst […]

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Richard Green

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Stress whitening is a frequent effect in polymers where an increase in brightness or an increased opacity of the material can be observed under mechanical loading. Investigating the stress whitening for the transparent structural silicone adhesive (TSSA), this effect occurs in different forms depending on the applied deformation. The intensity and appearance of the whitening […]

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New generation thin, lightweight and damage-resistant glass seems to be the optimal material for extremely deformable structural elements for façades and building skins. Here, an innovative concept is proposed, based on the use of cold-twisted square elements and on the exploitation of their buckling phenomenon, causing the shape modification from double-curvature anticlastic to single-curvature shape, […]

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The psychological drivers of design that evoke emotion and behavior will be presented. What shapes and colours are most pleasing, the emotions they evoke, and how aesthetics impact the psychological state of occupants will be investigated. Other discussion points include: • How to attract tenants and retain employees by activating common spaces to enliven buildings […]

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By use of prismatic shaped glass, it is possible to transfer large scale vision glass areas into crystalized chandelier-like facades, turning natural sunlight into a fascinating optical interaction between façade responsiveness, cycle and solar altitude. Creating prismatic shapes on architectural glass can be achieved by different fabrication technologies. These are roll-forming of solid sheets, machine […]

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Adaptive glazing can only be seen in the context of many tasks. This is an architectural dream for a long time. Key conditions for intensive market penetration are • Important applications of today’s insulating glass solutions are possible + the desired variability in terms of light, energy transmission, glare protection, room lighting and comfort • […]

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