Glass has been an amazing innovation as far as the engineering aspect of building design is concerned. But glass façades in buildings were originally designed in colder countries where it helped in heat entrapment. Its blind use in tropical climates in the last few decades could have one explanation, and that is – the control of building designs over time shifted to the builders, with the autonomy of architects being compromised.
For a city like Gurgaon, where constant power problems prompt diesel generators to run at full throttle, glass envelopes only mean unnecessarily higher power loads in hot summers and avoidable air pollution (due to the diesel). The designs do not just find their way through the international builder conglomerates. The copy-cat approach to building design is in place in many developing countries. …Here is an interesting report