Glass Structures: Design and Construction of Self-supporting Skins

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2007 - Architecture - 255 pages
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Flat glass opens up more possibilities for the planner than virtually any other material. Because of the technological complexity of using it, however, no specific structural forms have been developed for glass supporting frameworks as they have been for wood, concrete, and steel. This book is thus the first to present a coherent guide to the planning and design of glass supporting frameworks. The focus is on the pressure-resistant, flat supporting element as a basic building block for broad supporting structures. The spatial and constructive forms of multifunctional, self-supporting glass envelopes are vividly illustrated and systematically explained. The constructions presented exhibit new aesthetic qualities, based not on the dictum of "dematerialization‚ but on the poetry of gleaming and transparent planes. They ring in a new chapter in the history of glass architecture.

 

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Page 1 - Neither the author nor the publisher can be held in any way accountable for the design, planning or execution of faulty glass structures.
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Jan Wurm works for Arup Materials and Arup Facade Engineering in London as an architect, designer, and project manager.

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