Chicago-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has recently completed a 530-meter glass skyscraper in Tianjin, making it the tallest building in northern China and the seventh tallest in the world.
From educating architects, to engaging code officials, to influencing legislation, efforts to promote and protect the glass and glazing industry dominated the conversation at the National Glass Association 2020 Annual Conference in La Jolla, California.
From November 14 to 17, 2019, The Theme Forum "China · New Reality" sponsored by AIA (The American Institute of Architects) International Region and AIA Shanghai Branch and undertaken by NorthGlass and other companies was held at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai.
Solarban® 60 glass was chosen for the replacement of 800 guest room windows at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables because it complied with contemporary energy codes while maintaining the neutral aesthetic of the original glass.
Numerous innovations have been seen in the last decades concerning new façade technologies. These were driven by new materials or new applications of known materials, such as glued-on wall structures (structural glazing) in the 60’s and 70’s.
It is estimated that 100 million to 1 billion birds a year perish due to collisions with glass.(1-2) In North America, some communities have enacted legislation aimed at protecting birds by calling for the design and installation of birdsafe glazing.