The Ceramic Narratives in Architectural Practice, Research and Education symposium is an evening event presented by ECAlab, and hosted by The Building Centre on Thursday 12 December 2019. The symposium is presented in conjunction with Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics, a collective exhibition also taking place at the Building Centre between 20 September 2019 and 31 January 2020.
Major advances in ceramics engineering and craftsmanship have opened new routes for innovation, triggering the re-emergence of ceramics as a sensory and culturally inspiring material in architecture. This event will present innovative trends in contemporary architectural ceramics production, bringing together some of the most prominent international minds connected to ceramics design and creation/production. Through speakers’ presentations and chaired discussions, we will explore a wide range of topics relating to the role of ceramics in the production of architecture, such as:
- Innovation, sustainability and technology
- Craft techniques and experimentation
- Ceramics, ornament and art in architecture
- Ceramic futures: challenges and opportunities
This is the third in a series of symposia that aim to spark a discussion around the multiple attributes of ceramics as a versatile, phenomenological and inspiring architectural material.
The event is free but numbers are limited.
Through this interdisciplinary symposium, leading architects, ceramicists, designers, engineers, industry professionals and researchers will discuss prospective scenarios and futures for ceramics within architecture.
The symposium is organised and chaired by Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez, funding director of ECAlab.
Thursday 12th December 2019, 17.30-20.30
17.30 Check in
17.50 Welcome, introduction and programme overview
Innovation in Ceramic Narratives and Architectural Application
What value can ceramics bring to architecture? How are ceramics inspiring new ways of expression and pushing the limits of what a new experience of the built environment can be? How can we reignite the interest in a material whose advancement has enjoyed less exploration throughout the twentieth century? What is allowing designers and ceramic artists to explore with renewed vigour, complex relationships between materiality and the spatial qualities of architecture? How can ceramics engineering expand the imagination of visionary design professionals? How can we capitalise on the extensive knowledge of artists and craftsmen in these nascent technologies and construction processes?
This session will focus on the conceptual questions and practical challenges raised by the use of innovative earthen materials in our contemporary cultural and architectural context.
18.00 Borja Ferrater, OAB (Office of Architecture in Barcelona)
18.40 Laura Andreini, Archea Associati
19.20 Benedetta Tagliabue, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Architectural Practice, Research and Education: Future Prospects
How are the current dialogues between art, craftmanship and architecture enabling the emergence of new design methodologies? Which are the best vehicles for these collaborations and what challenges do we still find in these processes? How can we reconcile personalised proposals with efficient manufacturing? How can manufacturers and the building industry be encouraged to take this risk and engage in new projects? This debate will focus on experimental ways of collaboration, production and prospective transformations of a primal material such as ceramics into complex hybrid systems, leading it to the forefront of innovation.
20.00 Critical Discussion chaired by Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez
20.30 Wine reception
Contact and Location
Ceramic Narratives Symposium
The Building Centre
26 Store Street
London WC1E 7BT