Category: As I See It

  • The Bean’s Gleam (and How It Got It)

    In a column in the August 24 Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times, Roberta Smith discussed the current resurgence in public art, specifically sculpture. Ms Smith said that while there was more of this type of art being created, not all of it is good. On the positive side, she did place…

  • Falling Glass

    How clumsy have they gotten in the Big Apple where it seems glass is raining out of the sky? Call it coincidence, but large lites of glass have been falling from buildings in New York City at an alarming rate in the last couple of weeks. What is going on? Are glaziers getting clumsy and…

  • Innovative Designs

    I am finishing up the text for the next issue, September/October, of the Architects’ Guide to Glass and Metal, and our lead article reports on innovative glass designs. I am amazed when working on all the issues of the magazine at how much innovative design is being done with architectural glass and metal. In the…

  • Up, Up and Away

    I love to travel and I have been fortunate enough to take tours offered by Smithsonian Journeys, the travel operation branch of the Washington, D.C. based museum. These tours have been the finest and most interesting I’ve taken in my nearly 40 years of traveling. Even the tour I took with the Smithsonian to China,…

  • A Best List

    A recent issue of New York magazine commemorated its 40th anniversary and included best-of-the-best lists for various categories in the four decades it has been published. Lists like these are one of our great secret guilty pleasures even though most people make fun of them. We all read them to see who/what got included and…

  • AIA, CSI or Both

    Within the last month, I’ve been to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention and show in Boston and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) convention and the new Construct show in Las Vegas, which took place last week. I’ve been going to the AIA show for a number of years, and had gone to the…

  • The Museum Man

    I saw Ted Hathaway, president and chief executive officer of Oldcastle Glass, recently at his midtown Manhattan offices. Those spacious, light-filled offices at Columbus Circle overlook Central Park and the new home of the Museum of Arts and Design. Ted has a special attachment to this structure because he joined the museum’s board of trustees…

  • See You in Boston

    I’ll be off next week to Boston for the AIA Convention and Show. I hope to see you there. If you are attending the show, please stop by our booth, 14165. As we have for the past couple of years, we will be right next to the Glass Association of North America (GANA) booth, so…

  • Glass Then and Now

    Two recent articles in The New York Times caught my attention because of their focus on architecture and the glass used in it. The “Then” article subject was the sale of the Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs corporate complex in Holmdel, N.J., which occupies a 473-acre site. The article explains, “A decade ago, as many as 6,500…

  • Why Not a Restaurant at the Top of the Bridge?

    The George Washington Bridge in New York City, along with the Golden Gate on the other coast, is recognized as a great engineering achievement and example of good design. As I mentioned previously, I can set in my apartment and look at this marvel, which is indeed beautiful, but contains no glass. Originally, that was…