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Thursday, May 12 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
The Truth about Glass Transparency
Track: Truth + Transparency

To modern designers, “transparency” in architecture has usually meant “more glass.” Large expanses of glass were intended to bring the outside in, to allow a connection to the natural environment, to promote daylighting. Yet the glass box model of architecture is now under attack: expensive to build, poor thermal and visual comfort for occupants, large carbon footprint, deadly for birds, and actually not all that transparent. This session will take a fresh look at glass, transparency, human health and the health of the environment, and look at alternative paths forward.

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Speakers
avatar for Ilana Judah

Ilana Judah

Principal, Director of Sustainability, FXFOWLE
Ilana Judah, Int'l Assoc. AIA, OAQ, LEED AP BD+C, is Principal and Director of Sustainability at FXFOWLE Architects. An architect with seventeen years of experience, Ilana leads sustainability strategies for local and global projects of multiple scales and typologies, and is a recognized leader in advancing and championing implementation of environmentally sensitive design. She is co-chair of AIA New York's Committee on the Environment, and... Read More →
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Luke Leung

Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Luke is a LEED Fellow; He is also a Centennial Fellow from The Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering Department; Board of Directors for USGBC (United State Green Building Council), Illinois; Chairman of the ASHRAE Committee on “Tall Buildings”; Chairman of the Building Pressure Committee, Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings; Sustainable Committee with Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Part Time... Read More →
avatar for Z Smith

Z Smith

Principal, Director of Sustainability & Building Performance, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Z Smith is Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. His built work includes academic, laboratory and residential buildings earning LEED Gold and Platinum certification, a winner of the 2015 AIA COTE Top Ten Award, the 2015 RAIC Green Building Award, the 2014 AIA Firm Award, as well as Living Building Challenge projects. He brings training and experience in physics (S.B., MIT) and engineering (PhD... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Westin: Pine