glasstec 2010 to offer program for architects, construction engineers and facade designers

Glass Magazine
June 21, 2010
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, AUTO, FABRICATION : MEETINGS AND EVENTS

In addition to the exhibits, glasstec 2010, International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing, Products, will offer a high-quality comprehensive supporting program geared specifically toward architects, construction engineers, façade designers and related professions, according to a June 21 release.

The glasstec special show “glass technology live” with the motto “Energy Efficiency with Glass” will deal with the potential of glass as a construction material. Innovations will be presented that demonstrate how glass can contribute to resource saving by using intelligent insulation, light guiding or energy generation with solar applications. This special show will be organized by Professor Stefan Behling, senior partner at Foster and Partners architects’ office, and professor at the Institute of Building Construction at the University of Stuttgart.

On Sept. 30, the “Innovative Glass Applications in Architecture” lectures as part of the glass technology live symposium will be of particular interest to architects and designers. Renowned companies such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Behnisch Architekten (Energy.Design.Synergy) will present their current projects and creative concepts. All lectures are in English and German.

The new “Façades Centre” will focus on energy-efficient building envelopes and particularly address façade designers, construction engineers and architects, according to the release. Well known companies, German associations (from the conservatories, flat glass, applied energy research and metalworking sectors) and the Augsburg University will provide an overview of current developments in façade technology. In addition, innovative façade mockups with building-integrated photovoltaics and multifunctional elements will be on display.

The Architectural Congress on Oct. 1, organized by Professor Ulrich Knaack from the Delft University of Technology and Ostwestfalen-Lippe University as well as the North Rhine-Westphalian Chamber of Architects, is another compelling reason for creative building designers, architects, structural engineers, aircon engineers and façade designers to visit glasstec 2010. Internationally renowned speakers including Massimiliano Fuksas from Rome, Professor Manfred Hegger from Darmstadt and the UN Studio from Amsterdam will inform about topics such as “Canyons of Glass,” “Transparency and Sustainability” and “Texture of Transparency.” Other themes will be “Bio-inspired Architecture,” “Glass and Climate Design” and “Simplicity and Architectural Quality.” The languages of the Congress will be English and German.

The “Architecture+Glass Innovation Prize” will be presented at glasstec 2010 by the architectural magazines AIT and xia in cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf. The prize will be awarded for innovative glass products and project-related solutions that are of particular architectural quality thereby fulfilling both functional and design requirements. The award ceremony will be held on Sept. 28 in Hall 10 at booth 10F04.

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at glasstec 2010, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601, 312/781-5180, info@mdna.com.