Historically, glass has always
provoked an almost mystical fascination with its properties as a versatile and spectacular substance that permitted light to penetrate buildings. Much of modern architecture has been conceived using glass to create minimal structures, to extol the notion
of lightweight construction solutions and the multi-purpose envelope, and to allow maximum daylight into buildings. However, it is only in the last 15 years that the full potential of glass architecture has been fully revealed and realised
. "New Glass Architecture" demonstrates that a new aesthetic in glass architecture has been developing since the 1990s - one that investigates the potential for 'constructing with light' rather than the modern movement's pursuit of the "lightness of construction
" - and shows how this can be traced directly back to the Crystal Palace of 1851. The book begins with an introduction that traces the history of the key moments of glass in architecture, explains the...