glass seen from an ultimate architectural point of view

I am a bit confused why over the past couple of hundred years glass has not been developed to more closely meet the needs of modern architecture. Architecturally we are still using heavy, dark materials and methods centuries old. Theoretically, if created in the correct shape, size, and process, glass could be used structurally as it is 10 times stronger than steel. The paradym also has been to try and get the bubbles out of glass. Perhaps with the emphasis on putting bubbles into glass it could be superinsulating as well, with
honeycombed structural lattices. People and plants desire buildings that lets in the light. Such a material could make urban farms a reality. If it could also be made sustainably then it could be the ultimate modern dream material. Sand is cheap and plentyfull in every underdeveloped country. Perhaps if there were a glass material which was so logical, easy, desirable, plentiful, and cheap to make then the world could be transformed into a living paradise. Any thoughts?

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Thu, 25/06/2009 - 10:10

Nice thought
Its true that we are yet to explore the glass as a structural - load bearing member.
partly it is in architectural designs involving Glass fins and frameless fittings.

Another important aspect is glass is seen as a fragile HANDLE WITH CARE thing.
I remember seeing a Beautiful Glass chair in a Glass exihibition- Everyone was admiring its beauty - but no one was ready to sit on it. Those adventerous few who sat, done it with utmost care as if the chair should not know somebody sitting over it.

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