Recycling Crystal Glass: Architectonical Lining in Crystal

By Marques Fernando Miguel.

Published by The Design Collection

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In this paper we will consider in more detail the production processes of architectural lining products. These items may undergo thermal processes of total or partial fusion, in both cases with the aim of moulding the material, or they may undergo cold processes where there is an agglomerating material, so that cullet can be compacted and moulded in order to be used. In this study, the methodology used is an interventionist methodology, of a near-experiment nature, where the variables are identified and the causes are partially manipulated, since in hot processes of glass melting there is no intervention after the fusion furnace has been closed. The type of coating given to the pieces can be decisive of their final look; they can be polished on both sides, or only on one, they can be polished using physical procedures with sandblasting or using chemical procedures with acid. Also regarding finish procedures for pieces, these can be cut (or lapidated) to transform its original aspect.

Keywords: Eco-Design, Recovery, Crystal

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.85-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.738MB).

Marques Fernando Miguel

Researcher, Centro de Investigação de Arquitectura Urbanismo e Design, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

I am a teacher in Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias in Design course, in the disciplines of design, ergonomic (Human Factors), and responsible for workshops area. My degrees are in Industrial Design, and master's degree in museology in the field of museum planning. After some research in the area of eco design, I enrolled in the doctoral course in design, developing a research and practice in the area of ecodesign in the recovery of the waste of crystal glass manufacturing, in result of which has published some papers and participated in some national and international conferences.

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