Material Syntax: 3D Printed Masonry Façade Systems Exhibition

Saturday, May 7, 2022 12:00 am - Sunday, August 7, 2022 12:00 am EDT (GMT -04:00)
Clay display in gallery

Exhibition coordinated by David Correa

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 exhibition includes 3 student projects 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.

Participants: [ Laila Mourad, Tara Cooper, Adrian Chiu], [Esraa Saad Abouamer, Peter Kwak, Jikyung Jeon], [ Safaa Alnabelseya, Hania Shehab, Parastoo Varshosaz, Stephanie Wilson].

Special thanks to: Andrew Payne, Conroy Murray, Scott Jeffries, Dean Garbutt, Heinz Koller, Michael Syms, Anne Bordeleau, Emily Stafford, Jessica Steinhausser, Isabel Ochoa, James Clarke-Hicks and Denis Longchamps.
Bricks kindly sponsored by Canada Brick.

This exhibition is made possible by Masonry Works Council of Ontario in partnership with the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo and The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery.