Glasstec 2014, the leading international trade fair for the glass industry, will present the latest technologies as well as products related to glass along with an elaborate supporting programme focussing intensively on the architectural applications of this material. Over 500 exhibitors will be showcasing products specifically geared to architecture and construction while two conferences will address architects, building engineers and facade designers.

Architecture Congress: Glass 5.0 – Design, Function, Emotion

The second day of Glasstec 2014, Wednesday 22 October will see architects, structural engineers, air-conditioning engineers and facade planners meet at the Architecture Congress held under this year’s theme ‘Glass 5.0 – Design, Function, Emotion’ at Congress Centrum Ost (CCD Ost) of the Exhibition Centre.

Event partners include the North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Architects, the Technical University of Delft as well as the University Ostwestfalen-Lippe.

Speakers including renowned architects such as Graham Dodd/Arup Fellow, Winy Maas/MVRDV and Paolo Cruz/University of Minho will not only cover glass as a high-tech material but also all the aesthetic facets of glass design in the future.

The Architecture Congress is officially recognised as a continuous education course and corresponds to four lessons in the subjects, architecture and interior design by AKNW definition, and four time units by IKBau NRW definition.

Conference on Engineered Transparency

The technical-scientific conference ‘engineered transparency’ to be held on Tuesday 21 October and Wednesday 22 October at Congress Centrum Süd of the Exhibition Centre specifically addresses research and development as well as engineering and implementation as target groups with special focus on the latest trends and developments in structural glass building.

Organised by Prof Dr.-Ing. Jens Schneider of the Technical University of Darmstadt and Prof Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Weller of the Technical University of Dresden, the conference titled ‘GLASS | FACADE | ENERGY’ will cover hybrid structures with a focus on combining glass and timber on the first day of the conference. The second day of the congress will focus on the design and dimensioning of new glass structures. Other topics covered by the conference include adhesive glass joints and solar technologies.

High-calibre keynote speakers such as John Kooymans, Head of the Structural Glass and Façade Engineering group of RJC in Toronto, Dr.-Ing. Winfried Heusler, Senior Vice President of Engineering at SCHÜCO (Bielefeld, GER), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, founder and co-owner of Knippers Helbig Beratende Ingenieure Stuttgart (GER) as well as Christoph Timm of Skidmore, Owings and Merril are featured in this segment.

Conference participants will receive a conference file with some 70 expert essays by internationally renowned researchers, engineers and architects as well as developers and industry representatives.

Special Show glass technology live

A guided tour of the Special Show glass technology live (gtl), which also deals in detail with individual exhibits, forms part of the agenda for both the Architecture Congress and the engineered transparency conference. Occupying approx. 2,500 square metres, the Special gtl Show addresses the themed areas of ‘Intelligent Building Shells’, ‘Facade + Energy’ (Solar), ‘Innovations in Glass’ as well as ‘Glass Design’ under the heading of ‘Intelligent Glass’.

Prof. Stefan Behling and his team from the University of Stuttgart have once again compiled spectacular exhibits including an almost nine-metre, all-glass bridge resting on pre-stressed glass supports strutted with filigree stainless steel cables or a glass support spanning twelve metres and based on tensile stress, as well as closed-cavity facade mock-ups, smart light directing concepts, thin-glass as well as organic PVs for building integration.

gtl is accompanied by a high-calibre technical symposium with free admission for Glasstec visitors. Featured within the exhibition area of the Special Show, it offers a multitude of lectures on highly topical subjects by internationally renowned architects and experts including anns rg Schrade, architect at Studio+ from Munich, who will talk about the development of the ‘seele iconic skin’ all-glass facade elements.

Participation in the Architecture Congress and the engineered transparency conference costs EUR 49 and EUR 350, respectively. There are discounts for students. The participation fee also includes admission to the trade fair for two days.