Glass and the Presence of Nature

Authors

  • J. Carpenter James Carpenter Design Associates Inc.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7480/cgc.2.2301

Keywords:

Glass, Nature, Phenomenon, Phenomena, Light, Material, Public Realm, Urban, Linear Gap, Curtain Wall, Volumetric

Abstract

Despite having become a ubiquitous material, the nature of glass continues to cause lively scientific discussion. The science is in contrast to the use of glass in the building industry and world of architecture, where, typically, only transparency is considered and any manipulation of the glass is deployed to improve the glass’ performance as a cladding material. Through the discussion of a selection of JCDA’s work, this paper will explore the potential for glass in architecture to be considered in a manner that includes its many undeveloped properties and its powerful potential for revealing the presence of nature in the expanding urban public realm.

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Published

2010-05-20

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Keynote Contributions