Category: As I See It

  • Security Breach in Afghanistan

    I was watching the news on Monday night when an item came up on the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Kabul. As horrifying as that news was, I was even more struck by something even more unbelievable.The footage of the bombed out headquarters showed the glass in the front of the structure had…

  • Russian Delights, Moscow Nights

    I recently returned from a trip to Russia and I have some architectural news to report. While the country’s economy may not be what it was in the boom days of high natural resources prices, things still look pretty good. It certainly looks better than when I was last there in 2003. And I saw…

  • The New Glass at Lincoln Center

    I am in the Lincoln Center area of Manhattan’s Upper West Side frequently. While I have always admired the cultural riches that are available in the structures in this complex, the architecture is a whole other matter. Ground was broken on May 14, 1959, so the complex just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Lincoln center was…

  • Message From Milan

    I was in Milan on April 2 for a special press event when the G20 economic summit ended in London. The hosts of the press event, officials of GIMAV and Vitrum, had followed the meeting closely because of its probable impact on their businesses and that of their members.  (GIMAV is the Italian association of…

  • More Information, More Conveniently

    The past couple of weeks have seen announcements from groups in the architectural glass and metal community about new electronic opportunities for information. Because most architects and designers are too busy to keep up with all the new educational offerings which become available, I wanted to alert you to these. The Glass Association of North…

  • Good Design Worth Traveling For

    I don’t generally find articles such as 44 Places to Go in 2009, which appeared recently in The New York Times Travel section, interesting. Do I really need 44 suggestions for places to go around the globe this year?   However, one thing that caught my attention in this article was that part of the…

  • Educating Architects

    Much of my time in the past few weeks has been spent organizing the Architects’ Educational Program which the Architects Guide to Glass and Metal sponsored on December 9 in Schaumburg, Ill., with Edgetech IG and J.E. Berkowitz. More information on this event is included in the current issue of our newsletter.   In talking…

  • Glasstec Showcases Architectural Capabilities for Glass

    The recent glasstec show, which I attended in Dusseldorf, Germany, is the architectural glass and metal industry’s largest event. It also has actively reached out to architects for a number of years, to educate them on the increasing architectural capabilities of the material.   This year, possibly more than ever before, the event showcased architectural…

  • The Glass Limelight

    The September 15 issue of New York magazine may have featured all the current presidential-race personalities on its cover, with six pages devoted to the article, but a little further into the issue was an architectural critique, building by building, examining what impact the last building boom has had on the city. Headlined The Glass…

  • An Elevator Ride with Brad Cloepfil

    After the press briefing last week at the Museum of Arts and Design’s new quarters at New York City’s Columbus Circle, I saw architect Brad Cloepfil waiting for an elevator with some MAD executives. I introduced myself and asked him what his thoughts had been about how he would use glass when he did the design. “We…