Glass in architecture: from the pre- to the post-industrial aera: Production, use and conservation

Krauter Kellein, Anne; Wolf, Sophie; Hindelang, Laura; Giese, Francine; Nicolai, Bernd; Fritz, Ueli (eds.) (2024). Glass in architecture: from the pre- to the post-industrial aera: Production, use and conservation (In Press). Arts du verre / Glass Art / Glaskunst: Vol. 2. Bielefeld: transcript

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The history of sheet glass is long and intrinsically linked to developments in architecture. The material and its potential has always inspired architects, engineers and artists. History is rich with examples of sheet glass use on a monumental scale: the stained glass windows of the Gothic cathedrals, the ‘Galeries de glaces’ and glazings of 17th-century castles, the glass roofs of mainline railway stations and large display windows of department stores of the 19th century, and the glass façades of skyscrapers of today’s cities. Throughout the centuries, the growing demand for sheet glass has fuelled production and led to technological innovations in its manufacture. The symposium is dedicated to the fascinating history of production and use of sheet glass. The aim of the conference is to highlight the interactions between technological innovations in the fields of sheet glass production and architecture and to elucidate the highly diverse properties and qualities of plate glass, which vary according to the manufacturing process used. Another objective will be to discuss the challenges presented by the preservation of historical architectural glass, particularly in the context of the trend towards thermal insulation of buildings, which often results in the replacement of the original windows.

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Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute Materiality in Art and Culture


Krauter Kellein, Anne0000-0003-3280-6722;
Wolf, Sophie;
Hindelang, Laura;
Giese, Francine;
Nicolai, Bernd and
Fritz, Ueli


N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > T Technology (General)


Arts du verre / Glass Art / Glaskunst




[7] Swiss National Science Foundation ; [UNSPECIFIED] Bernische Denkmalpflegestiftung ; [6] Hochschule der Künste Bern – Institut Materialität in Kunst und Kultur


[UNSPECIFIED] Interdepartementales Forschungsprojekt der Berner Fachhochschule - Fassadenglas - Kriterien für einen verantwortungsbewussten, konservatorisch sinnvollen Umgang mit Bausubstanz der Moderne




Anne Krauter Kellein

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15 Nov 2023 08:42

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Flachglas, Architektur Klassische Moderne, Herstellungsverfahren, Produktion, Konservierung


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