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A closer look reveals the rich yellow glaze and ridged texture of Pelli Clarke's ceramic seating

ACAW 2022 in the Friends of Terra Cotta Newsletter

In their fall newsletter, the Friends of Terra Cotta published an article on the 2022 ACAWorkshop, discussing the importance of solar performance in façade design.
September 28, 2022/by Info Otherwisz
A rendering of what the Buro Happold / COOKFOX facade prototype applied to a building

Designboom and Dezeen cover the details of a living façade collaboration

The modular system aims to provide wildlife – including bees, birds and plants – with space to thrive on the façades of buildings in urban environments.
September 23, 2022/by Info Otherwisz

2021 ACAW Team Receives Recognition for Collaborative Project, V-Soleil

Architecture Research Office collaborated with Heintges Consulting and fabricator TriPyramid Structures during ACAW 2021 to explore the limits of terra cotta and they developed V-Soleil, a curtain-like brise soleil inspired by organic forms.
August 30, 2022/by Info Otherwisz
The biophilic facade design created at ACAWorkshop 2021 consists of separate modules for bird, bee, and plant habitats.

Buro Happold and COOKFOX explore biophilic façades at ACAW 2021

The Architect's Newspaper has published a recap detailing the collaboration between COOKFOX's Spencer Lapp and Buro Happold's Andre Parnther that took place at the ACAWorkshop in 2021.
June 22, 2022/by Info Otherwisz

Green Building & Design interviews John Krouse about the impact ACAW has on modern architecture

Green Building & Design (gb&d) magazine wrote an article about the use of Architectural Terra Cotta for modern buildings in response to the changing needs of new buildings. They also dive into Boston Valley's Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop (ACAW) and the possibilities, limitations, and design flexibility of architectural terra-cotta.
April 14, 2022/by Info Otherwisz

UB teams with Alfred University to advance stackable ceramic façade prototype

A team of UB architecture faculty and students has developed a stackable ceramic facade system that opens new possibilities in user-generated architecture and sculptural geometries in terra cotta.
August 25, 2021/by Info Otherwisz

Architectural Terra-Cotta is Tough, Lightweight, Versatile, and Green

Why do so many companies of size and prominence take part in ACAW? Perhaps the question should be: “Why wouldn’t they?”
August 25, 2021/by Info Otherwisz

Permasteelisa Group at the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop 2021

Permasteelisa Group developed the bespoke curtain wall system and assembled the mock-up – 5.2m/17' high by 3.7m/12' wide – from components made by Boston Valley and TriPyramid.
August 25, 2021/by Info Otherwisz

LMN Architects at the 2020 ACAWorkshop

As one of the 2020 participants, the LMN team has developed a slip cast ceramic module that aggregates to create a permeable partition.
August 24, 2021/by Info Otherwisz

Fifth Annual Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop Pushes the Envelope of Architectural Design

BUFFALO, NY – For a fifth year, Architects, Façade Engineers, and Ceramic Artists will gather via webinar for the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop (ACAW) being held Wednesday, August 12 through Thursday, August 13.
July 16, 2020/by Media Boston Valley

Architect’s Newspaper Webinar: Trading Notes – Experimentation of Architectural Ceramics

Trading Notes is a weekly virtual live show by The Architect's Newspaper, May 29th speakers came together online to discuss the ongoing innovation and progress brought about by the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop.
June 5, 2020/by Media Boston Valley
Participants from SHoP Architects at the 2019 Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop, photo credit: Michele Taberski

Boston Valley Terra Cotta featured in an article published by Metropolis Magazine

In a recent article published by Metropolis Magazine, terra cotta is lauded as a favorable material for contemporary buildings.
February 12, 2020/by Media Boston Valley

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