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July 2016

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With the motto “Great materials for great architects”, the new special show “Materia’ will highlight innovative products and materials for the architectural sector at glasstec 2016, International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products, On 2,580 square feet in Hall 10 (C14-15) the newest applications and innovations in glass and 120 other materials will be on display at this special show. glasstec 2016 will take place from September 20 - 23, 2016 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The development of sustainable materials stimulates the creation of buildings with a “material passport” and encourages the use of new renewable and biobased material sources. The “Materia” exhibition will present the most inspiring, exciting and remarkable materials on the market: tiles that collect rain, pillars made from recycled leather, luminous ceramic cladding, wooden textile room dividers and curtains, a floor made from coffee, 3D printed wood, facades made of 100% recycled plastic, bricks made from peat and a facade made out of eggplant. Great architects, both past and present, have continuously pushed the boundaries concerning structure, space, techniques and materials - from the ‘beton brute’ (bare concrete) of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, renowned for pioneering the extensive use of glass in buildings to Shigiru Ban with his work with recycled cardboard and wooden innovations and Norman Foster with his impressive high-tech steel tension structures. In this new era, digital manufacturing and parametric design can be executed in a diversity of materials and glasstec 2016 will address this issue with the new ”Materia” special show.

More highlights for architects
The topic “Future – Glass – Performance” will be highlighted in Hall 11 with special focus on impressive exhibits, innovative products and forward-looking solutions relevant for the next 3 to 5 years. This special show will be again be held under the patronage of Prof. Stefan Behling, Senior Executive Partner at Foster & Partners in London, and will be organized by the IBK 2 team from the University of Stuttgart. The focus will be above all on free-form, ultra-thin and solid glass. The special show will offer inspirations for architects and planners looking for new application options but will also showcase the full range of new applications of further developments in glass products.

“glass technology live” (gtl) will feature a high-caliber industrial symposium as part of the gtl exhibit, with a variety of talks on current topics. glass technology live will be free of charge for all trade fair visitors. Numerous international representatives from architecture, industry and science will present their use of glass in various projects. The special show and symposium will put emphasis on the future of the glass industry. The program of the gtl symposium will be dedicated to a different focal topic on each of the trade fair days. Content will be presented by different partners: the Colloquium of the Research Association of the German Glass Industry (HVG) and the Technical Glass Society of Germany (DGG) on glass melting and molding (Tuesday), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) on glass processing and finishing technologies, Recycling and on Glass Industry 4.0 (Wednesday), the University of Stuttgart on architecture and digital planning processes (Thursday), and the German Federal Flat Glass Manufacturers’ Association on glass in windows and on façades (Friday).

International Architecture Congress – inspiring visions
On Wednesday several speakers from well-known architectural offices will present their visions of architectural glass with the title “Contrasts / New Architecture with Glass”. The international Architecture Congress will be held in collaboration with the North Rhine Westphalian Chamber of Architects and the University of Stuttgart. This congress is officially recognized as CPD by the Chamber of Architects (4 teaching sessions in architecture and interior design) and by the Architectural Division of the North Rhine Westphalian Chamber of Engineering (4 time units). The attendance fee is EUR 49 and includes admission to glasstec 2016 for two days. More information about the program and the speakers is online at:

The Glass & Façade Competence Center will be located next to “glass technology live”. The thematic focus will be on glass for façade planners, construction engineers and architects, complemented by exhibitors’ presentations in Halls 9, 10 and 11. In addition, a wide range of information will be on offer from various institutes and associations such as: the German Federal Flat Glass Manufacturers’ Association (BF), ift Rosenheim GmbH, the German Association of Independent Advisers in Façade Engineering (UBF), the University of Augsburg (Institute of Construction and Real Estate), Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Department of Architecture), the Technical University of Darmstadt (Institute of Materials and Mechanical Engineering in Construction) and the Insulated Multiple-Glazing Quality Association.¬ Further information and the list of exhibitors with relevant architectural products can be found at

About Materia
Materia is the leading international platform for material innovation focusing on events, inspiration and co-creation. Materia promotes joint innovation for a more beautiful, more sustainable and high-quality built and finished environments. Through independent and a continuously growing collection of more than 2,600 inspiring materials, Materia connects building professionals: on a daily basis via, annually at Material Xperience, and periodically through contemporary themes and events. More information at and
Contact Materia: Tel +31 (0)20 713 0650

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