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July 2014

Did God’s Architect Hate Glass?

"Gods Architect" Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, or just “Gaudi,” as most of us know him, overwhelms the city of Barcelona like Lebron James overwhelms Cleveland. His power is unassailable and, though entirely distinct, his influence is so large that he and the city have become synonymous. His work helps define the city. I just wonder why he hated glass. The story of Antoni Gaudi is quixotic in nature. An architect who became defined by the distinctive type of building he designed, Gaudi spent most of his life designing projects in Barcelona and throughout Spain, and his distinctive style is instantly recognizable. His signature project, and life’s work, became the completion of his… Read More »

Europe Through a Glass Eye

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I have been lucky enough to spend a good bit of time this month traveling throughout Europe.  And hidden among the typical tourist sights–monuments, cathedrals, museums, little cafes with potent espressos and flaky pastries–came some lessons for a lifetime. Seeing so much rich and long history reminded me how “new” we, as a country, are. No wonder the rest of the world looks at the U.S. as its impetuous teenager, combining a lack of substance and context with unbounded energy and optimism. The biggest thing this trip did was bring history alive. It moved what I had learned through books and in school from one dimension to high definition 3D, and… Read More »

It’s Deja Vu on Deja Vu

Henry Taylor of Kawneer deep in architectural conversation at his company

What’s the popular culture definition of insanity? Doing things the same way and expecting different results. Well, glass industry plus annual AIA Convention = insanity because sometimes I just feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog’s Day. Or at least I think so. I have never actually seen the movie all the way through, but I’ve caught enough pieces of it on cable to know it’s about a guy who keeps living the same day over and over, determined to make the outcome different, yet frustrated when he can’t. Yup, I’m Bill. Here’s why. Last year, in discussing the AIA ’13 show in Denver, I raised a familiar flag about… Read More »

Award-Winning AIA

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Last week we talked a bit about the scary things I saw at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention. Most of those revolved around the use of alternative building materials on the building envelope and why it’s such a cause for concern. So this week, let’s talk about what was memorable in a good way. Let’s even recognize them with an annual award. I call them the “debbies.” Here goes: Most fun booth: Definitely YKK AP. Now they generate a lot of buzz with the whole “architect rap” thing, but it’s definitely infectious, even to an old glass gal like me. The two guys who appear in the… Read More »

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