October 2, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 40
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News to know

Glass shops market to the YouTube generation

Part two of three in the e-glass special series on marketing.

A search for “glass shower door” on YouTube results in videos of professional glass shower enclosure installations and commercials for glass and hardware manufacturers. The widespread use of YouTube has some glass company executives working the site into their marketing strategies... read more

Glass professionals talk technology and trends with architects and engineers
The Engineered Transparency conference, Sept. 26-28 at Columbia University in New York, provided a rare opportunity for members of the glass industry to discuss innovations and trends in glass with architects, engineers and consultants... read more

More top stories

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Product Spotlight

Impact-resistant curtain wall
Vistawall Architectural Products of Terrell, Texas, developed StormMax HR-250 and HR-251 impact-resistant curtain wall systems that meet South Florida and International Building Code requirements. HR-250 accommodates 9/16-inch to 5/8-inch glass... read more


Construction starts down 11 percent from 2006
After falling 11 percent in July, new construction starts partially rebounded in August, increasing 6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $624.3 billion, according to a Sept. 27 release from McGraw-Hill Construction in New York. Starts for the first eight months of the 2007 reached $424.9 billion on an unadjusted basis, down 11 percent from the same period last year... read more

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Glass pillar to stand as Omagh Memorial
“We have won the international design competition for a memorial for the Omagh bomb, the single biggest event in the history of the Northern Ireland conflict. … The design includes a pillar that should appear at least to be made of solid glass. Near the top, inside, will float a cut-glass faceted heart shape.” – Seán Hillen

The basics: The winning design for the Omagh Memorial in Omagh, Ireland, is a 15-foot high glass pillar. The monument will be at the site of the Omagh bombing—a car bomb attack back in August 1998 that killed 31 and injured about 220. The artist and architect are currently accepting bids from glass companies for the installation.

The players:
 Artist, Seán Hillen, Dublin; landscape architect, Desmond Fitzgerald, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. 

The glass:
The design consists of a15-foot tall tapering glass pillar, with a 4 foot by 2-foot base and a cut-glass heart shape toward the top. The nearby Memorial Garden will feature 31 poles with sun-tracking mirrors on the top, representing those that died. The mirrors will be situated so they reflect light onto the pillar throughout the day, Hillen says.

To learn more about the project, click here. Contact artist Seán Hillen.

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