Material Syntax: 3D Printed Clay
April 28 to June 8, 2019

Exhibition coordinated by David Correa and Yesul Elly Cho

Cutting edge 3D printing technology and ancient materials come together to create innovative architectural solutions. University of Waterloo graduate students from the School of Architecture were challenged to consider how clay, a material that has been used in building for thousands of years, can be used to make new and innovative building construction systems.

With both beauty and performance in mind, each group set up to explore how this highly used building material can be re-invented for the future. While employing their design skills, the students also had to learn about different types of clay, pottery, brick production and 3D printing techniques. Using a state-of-the-art large volume 3D printer and direction from Assistant Professor David Correa, the students worked in groups of three to develop their own vision of what 3DP clay can do as a building component.

The results are a series of 6 innovative wall or fa├žade systems that explore the plasticity, elegance and architectural quality of clay.  The technology allows students to modify every brick individually and can allow for much more complex geometry than would be feasible with conventional brick-making methods. The result is a wide range
of installations, including an archway that can act as a sundial, a wall that
whistles with the wind and an ornamental screen wall.

The Opening Reception was held on April 28 at 2:00 pm.

This exhibition is in partnership with the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo.





Elaine Tat

Symon Tiansay

Joanne Yau

Yesul Elly Cho

Meghan Taylor

Jim Shi

Naeimeh Hosseininam

Rui Wang

Dishita Shah

Alexander Gontarz

Rui Hu

Victor Tulceanu

Justin Jones

Madeleine Slaney

Cynthia Tang

Erica Burgsma

Ed Chung

Dhroov Patel

Watch the video below for a glimpse of the process behind the works in the exhibition: