RIBA North : Ceramica

On Saturday 28 October RIBA North, the RIBA's new national architecture centre on the Liverpool Waterfront, opens its second exhibition, Ceramica, showcasing the future use of ceramics and technology in architecture.

Ceramica will show how traditional ceramic techniques and digital engineering processes can be used together to produce more meaningful and sustainable architectural elements.  Using new technologies, British and international ceramicists have created a series of ceramic ceilings and walls that show different vernacular languages, reflecting local heritage and identity. Highlights of the exhibition include full-scale prototypes of light-diffusing facades and ceilings.
 
Director of RIBA North, Suzy Jones, said:
"This exhibition looks at the future of architectural elements and combines the best aspects of global connectivity and digital capabilities with local craftsmanship. Ceilings, facades and walls may seem rather banal, but this exhibition showcases how we could inject beautiful, hand crafted products into our buildings and spaces."
 
The exhibition is supported by the Tile of Spain-ICEX (Spanish Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers - Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) along with Liverpool University and Leeds Beckett University, it is intended that the outcomes from this exhibition will inform the development of viable architectural products.
 
The exhibition features full-scale prototypes of light-diffusing facades and ceilings, accompanied by a film explaining the experimental design methodologies explored at the ECAlab (Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory). The exhibition will be supported by the Moulding Futures Symposium in December, to discuss prospective scenarios and futures for ceramics within architecture.
 
Professor Stuart Walker, world leading professor of design for sustainability says: "Design for sustainability demands a new outlook, a new way of seeing ourselves in relation to the world. It requires not only a rediscovery of local knowledge, practices, materials and forms but also a sharing of best practices and innovative possibilities through the opportunities offered by modern digital and communication technologies. Such technologies enable hitherto unachievable possibilities for local-scale making, efficient use of materials, and sophisticated local solutions. We are at the beginning of a new era, one limited only by the human imagination. The Ceramica exhibition offers an inspiring vision of this potential future."