MIT Hosts Conference on Glass and Glazing in
the 21st Century
December 30, 2009
Technology & Conservation, the MIT Department of Architecture's
Building Technology Program and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA's
Historic Resources Committee is hosting a conference and training
program on glass and glazing. "Glass & Glazing in the 21st
Century" will focus on developments in architectural glasses
for structural, energy saving and decorative uses in new building
facades, envelopes and monuments, as well as their application in
the restoration and upgrading of existing structures.
All of the sessions are designed to offer attendees valuable insights
into the performance of glass and glazing in the outdoor environment.and
the appropriate selection, specification, use and maintenance of
glass materials for existing and new buildings and artistic works.
This 2-day conference will be held March 20-21, 2010 on the MIT
campus in Cambridge, Mass. The conference will be followed on March
22, 2010, by an optional stained glass program. Registration is
on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration closes on
January 30, 2010.
The sessions will be 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, among others. Among the topics
to be discussed are: 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 programs, for both old and new
The conference speakers include more than 25 noted architects,
structural and energy engineers, architectural historians, conservators,
architectural glass technical specialists, including James Carpenter
of James Carpenter Design Associates Inc. presenting on "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
speaking on "Manufacturing Developments and Fabrication Techniques/Limitations;"
Viracon's Don McCann's presentation on "Coatings on Glass and
Fritting;" and a talk on "Energy and Sustainability Aspects
of Glass/Glazing: Realistic Expectations" from Stephen Selkowitz
of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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