Material Syntax: 3D Printed Masonry Façade Systems
[Salman Rauf, Julie Niu, Kevin Kunnappilly], [Nathanael Scheffler, Kelsey Dawson, Mia Milanovic], [Prateek Wason, Nupur Garg, Camilla Vespa], [Jade Manbodh, Nima Karami, Ethan Schwartz], [Isabel Kim, Yi Ming Wu, Andrew Kenny], [James Clarke-Hicks, Isabel Ochoa, Zaven Titizian], [Emma Moseley, Kelley Gu].
Exhibition coordinated by David Correa and Yesul Elly Cho
In collaboration with: The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
Research and exhibition sponsored by: Masonry Ontario
Special thanks to:
Andrew Payne, Conroy Murray, Judy Pryma, Denise Longchamps, Elsa Brittin, Kristin Schreiner, Heinz Koller, Michael Syms, Anne Bordeleau, Emily Stafford, Jessica Steinhauser, Rose Mary Aicher, Ye Sull Elly Cho, Jim Shi, Geoff Farrow.
University of Waterloo Architecture students test how building facades of the future can be 3D printed with clay. Inspired by nature, ancient architectural traditions and new technology, the students develop new methods and processes that re-envision the clay masonry unit.
Working with a state-of-the-art large-volume clay extrusion 3D printer, Assistant Professor David Correa’s students set out to explore how this highly used building material can be re-envisioned for the future. This fabrication tool allows for an unprecedented level of design freedom when compared with conventional brick-making methods, while still engaging the material properties and characteristics of traditional clay.
The result is a series of 7 prototypes that test the new architectural qualities of 3D printed facades, where each clay brick can be unique. The projects include a wide range of playful wall systems, ornamental and light-modulating cladding systems, as well as rainscreen and solar-shading facades.
This exhibition is made possible by Masonry Ontario in partnership with the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo and The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery.