Innovations in the production of ceramic luminous environments: where craftsman meets computer

Urbano Gutiérrez, R and Wanner, A
(2016) Innovations in the production of ceramic luminous environments: where craftsman meets computer. Informes de la Construcción, 68 (544). 103 - 116.

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Ceramics offer exceptional properties as an energy-efficient building material, but have rarely been investigated alongside active environmental performance. Responding to light-control criteria, we work with advanced digital modelling, fabrication and performance simulation tools to craft experimental full-scale ceramic prototypes of architectural daylighting components. Our research has three main goals: to investigate alternative daylighting technology solutions made of a low-impact material such as clay; to explore design methodologies that look into how current architectural ceramics manufacturing can be enhanced by emergent design and fabrication technologies; and to engage with the materiality of the clay through collaborative working with recognised artists and ceramicists. A critical aspect of our research is to test the compatibility and interoperability of different software and design techniques, as phases of the production process (optimisation of form finding) in real time. This paper presents the development, construction and analytical data of three of the experimental production methods developed during the first three years of this project.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: architectural components, ceramics, digital fabrication, daylighting, craftmanship
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 13:11
DOI: 10.3989/IC-15-167-M15