Cool Brick ceramic evaporative cooling modules, Emerging Objects / Virginia San Fratello & Ronald Rael
While ceramic materials have played a crucial role in building construction until the mid-20th century, recently their possibilities for thermal performance have been relatively unexplored since the invention of the curtain wall. As buildings and their envelopes have become increasingly larger, it becomes even more significant to test the potential impact of ceramic systems that move beyond the scale of brick masonry buildings and turn-of-the-century terra cotta façades.
Adding to this is the aging building stock of most American urban centers. In particular, many of the components of these original curtain walls are reaching the end of their life spans as gaskets and fasteners deteriorate. For many of these inefficient structures, it may prove more cost and resource effective to preserve and re-clad their original framework with new sustainable envelopes that update both materiality and ethos appropriate for the next century and beyond.
The design provocation for the 2016 Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop will challenge architects, artists, designers, and engineers to address the untapped potential for ceramic component systems to create large-scale bioclimatic structures and environments.