Seamless architecture: Innovative opaque to transparent material interfaces

S. Nazarian, Carlo G. Pantano, P. Colombo, M. Marangoni

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Abstract

This paper presents innovative seamless joints to integrate transparent windows within opaque walls while achieving structural, optical, and/or progressive transition between glass and opaque materials such as geopolymer concrete and advanced closed porosity ceramics. We have used casting and kiln forming processes to fabricate our prototypes and have already achieved strong bonds between glass and geopolymer cement and also glass-foam. Several formulations of Geopolymer (GP) based ceramics and Glass-Foam (GF) based ceramics were seamlessly interfaced with glass creating the desired structural and optical continuity, resulting in airtight and watertight transition between the materials without any mechanical joints or connective tissue. Our vision is to expand this technology to engage 3D manufacturing and other free-form fabrication technologies. This approach has many potential applications in the arts, industrial design, and architecture, permitting lower embodied and operating energy, construction details never imagined before, and surface conditions exhibiting multiple optical and structural characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChallenges for Technology Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationAn Agenda for the Future - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing, S2M 2016
EditorsRita Almendra, Filipa Roseta, Paulo Bartolo, Fernando Moreira da Silva, Helena Bartolo, Henrique Amorim Almeida, Ana Cristina Lemos
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages423-430
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781138713741
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing, S2M 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Oct 20 2016Oct 22 2016

Publication series

NameChallenges for Technology Innovation: An Agenda for the Future - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing, S2M 2016

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing, S2M 2016
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period10/20/1610/22/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Nazarian, S., Pantano, C. G., Colombo, P., & Marangoni, M. (2017). Seamless architecture: Innovative opaque to transparent material interfaces. In R. Almendra, F. Roseta, P. Bartolo, F. M. da Silva, H. Bartolo, H. A. Almeida, & A. C. Lemos (Eds.), Challenges for Technology Innovation: An Agenda for the Future - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing, S2M 2016 (pp. 423-430). (Challenges for Technology Innovation: An Agenda for the Future - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing, S2M 2016). CRC Press/Balkema. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315198101-85