This work provides a comprehensive overview of the art and science of glass use, demonstrating its historical importance in paving the way for a closer synergy between the designer and technologist. In addition to providing a historical context for glass architecture, the central section of the book presents 20 international detailed case studies of contemporary glass buildings showing the range of applications in a variety of situations, large and small. The book also explores the potential for the future, as new materials move from the abstract world of technical research into realization; a detailed appendix provides a full review of the science of glass, with a section on design and performance.
Michael Wigginton is Professor of Architecture at Plymouth University and an architect in private practice in London as Chairman of the Designers' Collaborative. He is working on several research programmes concerned with low energy and sustainability, and his published writings have covered advanced materials science in architecture and the 'intelligent building', as well as theory. His architectural work has won many awards, including the Financial Times Award for Architecture in 1993.