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Laminated Glass News: June 2013

Real building to get the "Changing Faces" treatment

This year's international Changing the Face architectural competition is set to take a huge step forward. Unlike previous events, where the competition entries were purely theoretical, this year the winning entry will actually be built.

Run by DuPont, in cooperation with PKO Bank Polski, the Union of Polish Architects (SARP), the Polish Green Building Council and, Changing the Face is now in its seventh year and is more popular than ever.

(Click here to download the Changing the Face information sheet.)

Past events have seen iconic buildings in Bucharest, Prague, Zagreb, Athens and Moscow get a theoretical refresh, but this year the competition calls for innovative designs to revitalise one of Warsaw's most well-known landmarks, the ROTUNDA. Located at the junction of two major streets, it is a significant part of the city’s 20th century urban fabric.

The competition is seeking designs that offer a contemporary update to this major architectural landmark using modern construction, glazing and materials solutions for both the interior and exterior of the building. Any professional architect with sufficient knowledge and experience as well as necessary technical potential and resources to handle the design task and ensure the proper performance of the post-contest contract, can enter the competition.

The competition will take place over five months, with the following deadlines:

  • Online registration by 15 July 2013
  • Project submission (Phase 1 – all participants) by 19 August 2013
  • Project submission (Phase II) by 7 November 2013

Please refer to for more information and to view the competition Terms & Conditions.


DuPont sponsoring Facades+ conference in San Francisco

Organised by 'The Architect’s Newspaper' in collaboration with Enclos, Facades+ San Francisco is the fifth event in an ongoing series of conferences across the USA. With this year's theme being "Performance" it is a great fit for DuPont's products, expertise and sponsorship.

The conference, taking place July 11-12 in the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, offers ideal networking and learning opportunities for architects, engineers, developers, consultants and anyone professionally involved in the design industry. It will trace the history and evolution of facade design over the past five years and will answer questions about the performance, delivery and maintenance of sustainably built facades, and propose innovative design solutions to the dynamically changing environmental conditions.

On Friday July 12th at the California College of the Arts – which is hosting the conference's workshops – the morning session's Dialogue Workshop will see an industry expert panel, including Valerie Block, a Senior Marketing Specialist, DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions, discussing Emerging Material Technologies.

The session will explore both the unique advantages associated with each material, as well as the challenges of introducing innovative façade technologies into architectural applications.  The discussion will include an emphasis on performance metrics for each technology and case study applications of successful implementation.

For more information and to register for the event, go to:

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