Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial by Michael Bell

By Michael Bell

Glass is among the so much ubiquitous and broadly researched development fabrics. regardless of the severe function it has performed inmodern structure within the final century, we've but to completely understand the cultural and technological results of thiscomplex and complex construction fabric. Engineered Transparency brings jointly a rare, multidisciplinary crew of foreign architects, engineers, brands, and critics to jointly reassess glasswithin the context of modern engineering and structural achievements. In gentle of those developments, glass hasreemerged as a singular architectural fabric, supplying new and formerly incredible modes of visible excitement andspatial event.

Engineered Transparency provides a portfolio of tasks that includes state-of-the-art glass designs by means of todays such a lot leading edge architects, together with SANAA's acclaimed Glass Pavilion on the Toledo Museum of paintings, Yoshio Taniguchi's MoMA growth in big apple urban, and Steven Holl's Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas urban. With contributions by way of most excellent thinkers within the box of structure and layout together with historians Kenneth Frampton, Antoine Picon, and DetlefMertins; cultural critics Beatriz Colomina, Joan Ockman, and Reinhold Martin; engineers Werner Sobek, man Nordenson,and Richard Tomasetti; and designers Kazuyo Sejima, Steve Holl, and Elizabeth Diller, Engineered Transparency redefines glass as a twenty first century development fabric and demanding situations our assumptions approximately its aesthetic, structural, and spatial strength.

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9 | Bruno Paul, optics room at a glass exhibition, from Arthur Korn's Glas im Bau und als Gebrauchsgegenstand, 1929 fig. 10 | Marcel Breuer, table, from Arthur Korn's Glas im Bau und als Gebrauchsgegenstand, 1929 50 Engineered Transparency Essays A Crystal World: Between Reason and Spectacle Joan Ockman fig. 11 | Fritz Lang, photograph of Times Square at night, from Erich Mendelsohn, Amerika: Bilderbuch eines Architekten, 1926 fig. 12 | Erich Mendelsohn, night view of the Petersdorff department store, Breslau, Germany, 1927 fig.

See Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species (Cambridge & London: Harvard University Press, 1964): 490. 39 Engineered Transparency Essays Mirror Glass (A Fragment) Reinhold Martin Here is my basic point. I will give it away at the beginning: There are things we are willing to see and things we are not willing to see, regardless of our technological capacity to do so. In its supposed transparency, glass both reveals and conceals, largely because we often have difficulty seeing anything but ourselves in it and through it.

As part of the architect’s team, they contributed to the structural design, which was and still is foremost in the articulation of a building’s form. This is seen in the work of Peter Behrens, who could not have designed the Berlin’s AEG Factory without engineer Karl Bernhardt. Another example is the architects of the Van Nelle Factory, Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, who, with the expertise of engineer Jan Gerko Wiebenga, set the concrete columns back from the glass facade, allowing the ribbon windows and slender mullions to form the aesthetic focus.

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