The Intersection of Glass and Resilient Design

These projects feature glass while focusing on resilience and the communities in which they are built.
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Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the focus and purpose of the Metropolis Think Tank.
  2. Examine building design practices focused on the integration of glass and resilience.
  3. Discuss two ways in which the 200 West 6th Street project addresses community development.
  4. List the two types of glass used in the projects presented.


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This webinar is part of the Glass in Architecture Academy

This course introduces the learner to stunning designs featuring the use of glass and the intersection of architecture, resiliency and the community. Listen as presenters explore the social dimension of resilient design through the lens of these current projects.

Matthew Z. Leach AIA, Associate Principal, Page will discuss, 200 West 6th Street in Austin, Texas, the new headquarters for internet job search company, Indeed. The all-glass tower will become Austin’s largest office building at 709,000 square feet, as well as its tallest at 554 feet.

Dominic Bettison, Director, WilkinsonEyre, will present the CF Eaton Centre Bridge project, which revitalises a connection between two shopping malls in downtown Toronto by providing an attractive, landmark pedestrian crossing above the street. The form of the bridge and choice of materials now create a metaphorical handshake between the two buildings at first floor level. The architectural response is a graded shift, through geometry, from a traditional arch in the façade of the Hudson Bay building to a modern rectangular opening in the Eaton centre; the twisting, warping form accommodating two very different architectures.

Bruce Milley, Architectural Design Manager, Guardian Industries will discuss, 7 St. Thomas Street, Toronto. Urban Toronto selected 7 St. Thomas Street as one of the top 5 Most Influential Buildings in Toronto of the 2010s.
2018 – Architizer A+ Awards Popular Choice Winner in the Office – Mid Rise.
“The contrast between the solidity of the red brick below with the translucent permeability of the glass tower—which steps back from the Victorian frontages—succeeds in highlighting both typologies. The discrete tower's curtain wall is also strongly characterized by its enamel fritting. Wrapping the body of the building, the frit lends the smooth upper levels an eye-catching aesthetic.”

The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion


Photo courtesy of Page

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Matthew Leach AIA, With over a decade of experience in architecture firms, research studio workshop environments and academia, Matthew promotes design strategy in everything he does. “I believe that there is always a better way to understand a project’s full potential,” he says. “I constantly seek new and better methods to explore, understand and communicate design opportunities to the project team and stake holders. I use this process to synthesize our interests, observations, and values with our clients’ missions to understand a wider range of design solutions. It’s a necessary process for finding the right approach to a project, but also a lot fun.” At Page, Matt has worked across multiple market sectors. He has been an integral part of award-winning project teams including a federal courthouse, one of the busiest airports in the U.S. and various university academic buildings.


A director at WilkinsonEyre since 2006, Dominic has led many of the practice’s key projects, with an emphasis on tall buildings. These include the 440m high Guangzhou International Finance Center, winner of the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for Best International Building in 2012, and the 330m Wuhan Qiaokou tower. Phase 1 of CIBC Square, two 248m, 54-storey towers in Toronto, will complete in 2021. Dominic is a founding member of the London chapter of the Council for Tall Buildings and the Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Urban Realm Committee.


Bruce Milley, Architectural Design Manager. A career spanning 43 years, including 28 years with Guardian Industries, has provided Bruce with a unique combination of both manufacturing and sales management experience. A successful career in commercial glass sales in North America has been complimented by international commercial sales management expertise in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. Through his career Bruce has consulted on many notable projects including the Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai: Burj Khalifa, Dubai: One Vanderbilt, New York; Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait and EY Tower, Toronto to name a few.


Guardian Glass Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float,coated, and fabricated glass products, offering a range of low-emissivity and interior glass options to meet performance and design requirements.


Originally published in August 2020