(Lutgens and Tarbuck,
Essentials of Geology, 1995:52)
THE GEOLOGY OF A GLASS ARCHITECTURE
This research, which studies glass
as a building material, found its focus and fundamental source of
meaning with the simple question, where does glass come from?
Glass is made from the earth of course.
When glass architecture can be understood as transparent stone transmuted
in situ from the materials of the earth (stone, sand, silt, clay...)
, all of the optical and structural virtues of glass as an engineering
material can be anchored by, a physical relationship to and metaphysical
understanding of, the landscape.
Silicon and oxygen are the most abundant
elements on Earth. Together they form SiO44- tetrahedra, which are
the primary building blocks of commercial glassmaking and the basis
of the silicate rocks which make up over 95% of the Earth's crust,
an overwhelming testament to its durability and role in the formation
of this place that we live. Given that silica and glass modifiers,
such as metal oxides, used in the engineering of different types
of glass exist within the ground in a nearly infinite variety of
composition, proportion and geologic formation, the potential exists
for glass to be formed as a distinct local building material with
qualities which are connected to the history of the earth from which
it is formed.