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Ceramics in Architecture: Enabling the design, manufacturing and integration of decorative functional architectural ceramics through design and ceramic practices

Gasparian, Maria (2021) Ceramics in Architecture: Enabling the design, manufacturing and integration of decorative functional architectural ceramics through design and ceramic practices. PhD thesis, University of the Arts London.

Type of Research: Thesis
Creators: Gasparian, Maria

This practice-based research on architectural ceramics is at the intersection of ceramic art, architecture and manufacturing.

Architectural ceramics have been an integral part of the built environment for seven thousand years. Combining functional and aesthetic qualities, decorative ceramics express site specificity and cultural identity in architecture through ornamentation, colours and motifs.

My research investigates the factors which inhibit the creation and integration of bespoke decorative functional architectural ceramics (DFACs) into buildings and urban spaces. These factors include: (i) a disjunction between architectural and ceramic art, craft and design practices; (ii) limitations in industrial manufacturing that could support the fabrication of bespoke ceramics; and (iii) misconceptions among architects and ceramic artists about the applications, manufacturing processes and cost of DFACs.

This study examines how to facilitate the design, ceramic craft making, industrial manufacture and structural integration of bespoke DFACs such as decorative building elements, surfaces and street furniture, aiming to contribute to buildings and urban spaces through ceramic aesthetic and material qualities.

The research is led by the combination of ceramic and architectural practices and by applying ceramic craft and digital techniques to industrial manufacturing processes. Existing precedents, case studies and semi-structured interviews with expert stakeholders are critically analysed through mixed-method research methodology and engagement with design and craft theories.

The ceramic practice outcomes evidence the creation of bespoke bricks produced in a factory setting to offer affordable solutions. The key findings of this research are set out to form recommendations and a facilitating framework to aid the practice of ceramic artists, architects and manufacturers engaged in the creation of bespoke DFACs.

This research addresses the practice-oriented gap in the design, ceramic craft making and industrial manufacturing of bespoke DFACs, setting out how to lead change in the production of architecture which contributes to diverse urban spaces.

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Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: October 2021
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 16:30
Last Modified: 28 May 2024 08:59
Item ID: 17932
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/17932

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