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A Glimpse into the Future of Glass

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Still image from "A Day Made of Glass," Corning Inc.


In “A Day Made of Glass,” manufacturer Corning Inc. visualizes how future experiences at home, office, and in transit will be profoundly influenced by new glass-based technologies. More about the interactive touch-display capabilities enabled by glass than the material itself, “A Day Made of Glass” presents a concise encapsulation of the myriad ways in which future generation iPhone/iPad functionality may infiltrate kitchens, bathrooms, cars, building envelopes, and even billboard signage.

Of particular interest are flexible glass displays with realtime input-output tethering to PDA devices. One sequence in the video depicts an architect unrolling one of these displays to share touch-sensitive designed content with a client. Is the day of heavy 30” x 42” rolls of architectural drawings about to meet its demise?




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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.