Constructive Dialogues Symposium
Spanish Ceramics Innovation in Context
The Constructive Dialogues: Spanish Ceramics Innovation in Context symposium is a one-day event presented by ECAlab, and hosted by TATE Liverpool on Saturday 29 September 2018. The symposium is presented in conjunction with PlatFORM, which will take place in Tate Exchange at Tate Liverpool between 22 – 30 September.
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 second in a series of symposia that aim to spark a discussion around the multiple attributes of ceramics as a versatile and phenomenological architectural material.
ASCER/Tile of Spain
With approximately 135 members, ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association) includes and represents practically all Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers. There are no limits to the Association’s range of activities and services; ASCER is potentially willing to take on any project or activity of interest to its members. For this reason, ASCER worked on the creation of an umbrella brand for all the Spanish Ceramic Tile companies, Tile of Spain. Renowned worldwide for an inspiring blend of aesthetic and technical innovation, Spanish tiles draw on a rich heritage of skill and creativity, while remaining at the cutting edge of design. Manufactured in Spain and widely available in the UK, these products embody the spirit of an industry that prides itself on proposing beautiful, meaningful and high-performance solutions to flooring, wall coverings, furnishing and external paving and cladding. Besides, ASCER has set up a series of Ceramic Tile studies departments at different Schools of Architecture in Spain and abroad. The Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments represents the importance that ASCER places on the professional working environment, which it endeavours to educate about ceramic tiles and their applications.
Saturday 29th September 2018, 10.30-19.00
10.00 PlatForm open to the public, 1st Floor TATE Liverpool
10.30 Check in and coffee
10.50 Welcome, introduction and programme overview
Innovation in ceramics production 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. It will explore material performance, and critical perspectives on how the new imageries and perceptions fit into the evolution of the human relationship with clay.
11.05 Clara Vicedo, ASCER / Tile of Spain
11.30 Andrew Kiel, Sauerbruch Hutton
13.30 Ángela García de Paredes, Paredes Pedrosa Architects
14.15 Elías Torres, José Antonio Martinez Lapeña and Elías Torres Architects
15.00 Coffee Break
15.30 Lewis Jones, Assemble
16.15 Clare Twomey, Clare Twomey
17.00 Coffee Break
Critical Discussion Chaired by Gonzalo Herrero Delicado
Constructing dialogues, future prospects
How are the current dialogues between art, craftsmanship 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 bespoke 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. It will include reflections on interoperability between tools and environments, production of innovation by using techniques out of their usual context, mixing big and small scale perspectives, hybridising/re-structuring bottom up and top down approaches, reversing/altering sequential processes, articulating historic and site-responsive languages, and understanding embodied energy, embodied cultural identity and production as a critical ethical issue.
17.30 Opening Speech by Gonzalo Herrero Delicado
17.40 Critical Discussion
18.30 Wine reception
Contact and Location
1st Floor, Clore Studio
Liverpool L3 4FP