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Moulding Futures: Architectural Ceramics Symposium
Conference

Moulding Futures: Architectural Ceramics Symposium

​RIBA North is pleased to host the Moulding Futures: Collaborative Explorations in Ceramics for Architecture symposium, a one-day event presented by the Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory (ECAlab).

RIBA North is pleased to host the Moulding Futures: Collaborative Explorations in Ceramics for Architecture symposium, a one-day event presented by the Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory (ECAlab), on Friday 8th December 2017. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Cerámica, 28th October 2017 through 10th February 2018, also at the RIBA North.

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 national and international minds connected to ceramics design and engineering. It intends to spark a discussion around the multiple attributes of ceramics as a versatile and phenomenological architectural material. Through our speakers presentations and chaired discussions, we will explore a wide range of topics relating to ceramics architecture, such as:

  • the aesthetic, phenomenological and spatial effects of ceramics;
  • the environmental and technical performance of ceramics;
  • social and environmental sustainability;
  • digital fabrication technology, and innovative design methodologies and production processes;
  • digital and traditional crafts;
  • patterns, surface effects and new interpretations of ornament;
  • heritage, contextualism, local knowledge and cultural identity.
  • the re-consideration of clay and its renaissance as an innovative building material

Speakers include:

  • Eric Parry, Eric Parry Architects, London, UK
  • Antoni Cumella, Ceramica Cumella, Barcelona, Spain
  • Maximiliano Arrocet, AL_A Architects, London, UK
  • Martin Bechthold, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
  • Alexis Harrison, Arup, London, UK
  • Clara Vicedo, ASCER, Castellon, Spain

Through this interdisciplinary symposium, leading architects, ceramicists, designers, engineers, industry professionals and researchers will discuss prospective scenarios and futures for ceramics within architecture.

Tickets are priced as follows:

  • £28 - RIBA members / students
  • £35 - general admission