A collection of interdisciplinary professionals working collaboratively in small groups to explore innovative ceramic facade solutions to architectural challenges.
The workshop’s goal is to educate and be educated by participants working in different areas of ceramic design. It will include introductions to current design and manufacturing techniques, visits to architectural projects and daily lectures to stimulate our imagination on the potential of this material. A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to working collaboratively in teams to explore innovative design applications for ceramics as they pertain to bio-climatic functions. The teams will be supported by a Boston Valley Terra Cotta adjunct and a UB architecture student who can assist them in developing designs for facades, walls, objects and surfaces.
The Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop is jointly housed between the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, and Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies, and the production facilities of Boston Valley Terra Cotta in Orchard Park, NY with events in some of Buffalo’s most significant historical monuments. The Western New York region offers both a historical connection to clay experimentation and a contemporary ceramics research hub anchored between Boston Valley, the University at Buffalo, and Alfred University.
A significant component of the ACAWorkshop is the experimentation with new technologies as they impact the production and performance of large-scale ceramic applications.
The 4-5 person groups will work together 8 hours a day for 3 days, collocated at Boston Valley Terra Cotta and University at Buffalo. Participants have access to industry experts and educators, to learn, create, and get their hands dirty with the various industrial scale forming methods to explore and develop large-scale applications for ceramic components.