Apple employees will be moving their desks to the much-anticipated new headquarters, Apple Park, sometime in April, according to a company press release, even though the construction process on the Santa Clara Valley, California, facility won't be complete until fall 2017. Billed as one of the world's most energy-efficient buildings thanks to its massive rooftop solar array and a natural ventilation system that is projected to need no heat or air conditioning 9 months of the year, the massive ring-shaped central building designed by Foster + Partners also claims to have the world's largest curved glass panels, which clad the space-ship like structure in seamless sheets of silica. Over 12,000 people will eventually occupy the new complex when it's fully occupied. The main building alone will provide 2.8 million square feet of space.
The lighting during interviews could be a little brighter, and viewers might wish for more context on the changing marketplace for glass art, but a short documentary just posted to YouTube by a freshman at Oberlin College offers an insightful look at the contemporary Seattle glass scene. The last name of the aspiring filmmaker -- Mahlon "Dizzy" Farbanish -- provides a clue to how he got access to Dante Marioni, Preston Singletary, Janusz Pozniak, and Paul Cunningham. But the deft editing and crisp camera work are solely the work of the precocious younger Farbanish, who became fascinated by video editing when he began putting together videos of his and his friends' skateboarding exploits, which led him to take film classes in high school, and attend a summer workshop to further hone his skills. The short film holds together well, and its professional qualities don't betray that it's a student project.
A video by Mücahit Aydınhan, a "calligraphy artist" based in İstanbul, Turkey, shows him breaking a sheet of glass with a hammer, selecting the right shaped shard, and then expertly writing the word "Glass" in scarlet red ink. A brief but elegant diversion courtesy of YouTube.
It would take extraordinary strength to breach three sheets of glass laminated together with ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), yet high-profile structural applications, such as high-altitude footbridges in China, continue to awe the public who associate glass with fragility and a tendency to shatter. In an effort to dispell this unwarranted fear of walking on glass, a BBC reporter was invited to try to break a structural glass panel shortly before the opening of the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge, which is expected to open in July 2016 in Zhangjiajie, China.
PressTube, an only-on-the-Internet project in which different objects are crushed under a hydraulic press in videos posted to a YouTube channel, recently took on the Prince Rupert's drop, the super-hard crystal that gets its strength from the compressive stress generated by dipping hot glass in cold water. In a video entitled "Hydraulic Press: Prince Rupert Drop: Remake: Safe Tails," the legendary glass drops are set between blocks of wood, lead, and steel, and then subject to intense hydraulic pressure. The Results? Two out of three ain't bad.
Even before construction of the new nanotechnology lab at MIT has been completed, the facility is already yielding unexpected discoveries. Workers digging into the campus near Building 26 unearthed a sealed glass time capsule that had been buried in 1957 by students and their famous MIT professor Harold Edgerton (1903 – 1990), best known for his strobe photography that froze splashing liquid or the impact of bullets and explosions. The flameworked capsule stuffed with paper and scientific samples bears clear instructions not to open until 2957, or 1,000 years from its time of burial. In an official MIT video, director of collections Deborah Douglas talked about what remains enclosed in the sealed capsule. Whether it will be opened or not is unclear from the video.
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Glass artist Paul Stankard's remarkable rise from scientific flameworker to pioneering botanical sculptor was scheduled to be featured in the next national broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning, the long-running news magazine. Scheduled to air this Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 9 to 10:30 AM Eastern and Pacific (8 to 9:30 AM Central and Mountain), the network news program was to feature interviews with Stankard at his Mantua, New Jersey, home and studio, as well as footage from the Arthur Rubloff Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, where his 2012 work Honeybee Swarm with Flowers and Fruit is prominently featured. However, due to the recent death of Joan Rivers (1933 - 2014), the scheduled report on Stankard will be postponed until later in the season in order to make room for reporting on the late comedian's life and career.
Mette Colberg, a Danish glass artist, recently delivered a short talk on the nature of glass at TEDxCopenhagen, an independently organized series inspired by the influential TED Talks lecture series.…
It’s fitting that 12 donors who helped fund a major renovation of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery have had their likenesses immortalized in a new glass window by Scottish engraver Alison Kinnaird. The gallery, which first opened in 1891, closed for a much-needed refurbishment in 2008. Attendance has been up since the reopening in December 2011, and this month, a window commemorating the individuals as well as the 14 institutions who made the renovation possible was unveiled. All donors were honored with their inclusion in an exquisitely engraved leaded glass window by Kinnaird.