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Feel-good glass coating could increase your quality of life

By Damir Beciri
4 July 2012

window-airyAs we previously mentioned in many of our articles about architecture, abundance of daylight  is very important since it influences our mood and efficiency since it stimulates the brain. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute have worked with industry partners to develop a coating for panes of glass that lets through more light at wavelengths which… »

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Nature inspires a new multifunctional glass surface

By Damir Beciri
28 April 2012

mit-multifunctional-glass-1Inspired by nature, where textured surfaces ranging from lotus leaves to desert-beetle carapaces and moth eyes have developed in ways that often fulfill multiple purposes at once, a group of researchers from MIT developed a glass that is self-cleaning, virtually eliminates reflections, and resists fogging and glare. These features could lower the maintenance expenses for… »


Candle soot used to create superamphiphobic glass nanostructures

By Damir Beciri
One Comment8 December 2011

superamphiphobic-sponge-like-silicaAlthough we already wrote about many materials that could serve as liquid repellant surfaces, the one developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and the Technical University Darmstadt stands out by being superamphiphobic. They used candle soot to produce a fluorinated silicon coated silica nanostructure which is capable to… »

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Robotic system enables faster and automated glass development

By Damir Beciri
5 November 2011

robot-glass-screeningAside the difference in coloration, a layman might think every glass material is the same, but there is more than it meets the eye in this transparent material. Glass can consist of up to 60 different elements, and experts are constantly creating glass with properties required in some application. Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for… »


Green architecture – Montecito Residence, Santa Barbara

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments22 August 2011

montecito-residence-1Located in the hills of Santa Barbara, the Montecito Residence is a great example of opened design with a large quantity of structural steel and glass, whose noncombustible nature proves useful in a fire-prone area. The house was recently awarded with the Merit Award in the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel… »


Where art and technology meet – Solar-Sinter

By Damir Beciri
One Comment28 June 2011

solar-sinterAfter a while, we’re publishing an article in our art and technology series, where we write about usage of technology to preserve or create art. Industrial designer Markus Kayser used the solar power and sand as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process, that combines natural energy and material… »


Space technology used for production of better glass

By Damir Beciri
11 May 2011

esa-fipexA technology used to measure oxygen atoms outside space vehicles is now being used in the glass industry to produce super-efficient energy-saving windows. Although it might not seem too important, modern architecture features large glass facades which need to be tough and have good insulating characteristics in order to counter heat loss during cold weather… »

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Asahi Glass Company introduces Dragontrail scratch-proof glass

By Rob Aid
2 Comments20 January 2011

asahi-glass-company-dragontrail-1Even before the wider usage of touch-screen devices, there was a need for scratch-proof glass materials which protect the screens of our favorite gadgets. The folks from Asahi Glass Company (AGC), Japan’s largest glass maker, announced they will launch worldwide sales of Dragontrail – a glass material that is highly receptive to chemical strengthening, to… »