Ceramics in Architecture, Flavio Mangione’s point of view.
Flavio Mangione, architect, member of the Scientific Committee of the Casa dell’Architettura in Rome and joint curator of the “Ceramics in Architecture” (“La Ceramica in Architettura”) season running from 23 May to 12 September at the Casa dell’Architettura in Rome, gives us his point of view on the ceramics-architecture nexus.
In your view, what is the role of ceramics in architecture today?
Ceramics are acquiring a more and more important role in architecture, both as a finishing designed to improve buildings’ energy efficiency and as an expressive component of their outer shells. Their potential in the field of biobuilding is already firmly established, and the latest research into ceramic materials points to infinite prospects for development.
In terms of appearance, their use has provided amazing results, such as in the Barcelona market designed by Miralles-Tagliabue in association with Toni Cumella. There have also been some very impressive projects here in Italy. What’s more, in terms of interiors the association between Marazzi and Nino Caruso has demonstrated that ceramic coverings, with all their formal potential, are able to improve the way architecture occupies space and give it character.
In your view, what are the strong points ceramics should focus on to continue to reinforce their status as the architect’s friend?
Ceramics are already an invaluable tool for architects. They always have been, and they will be increasingly in the future. What is needed is more technical knowledge and a better informed approach on the part of architects. I believe that post-graduate training is essential in this, if possible under the guidance of corporations like your own.
As curator of the “Ceramics in Architecture” season, what do you think is the main aim of this project?
The intention is to encourage and support cooperation between the world of Ceramics and that of Architecture, and foster partnership between architects, artists, academic experts on ceramics and manufacturers. The eleven sessions scheduled will involve artists, designers, architects, manufacturers, museums and universities. The various speakers will be called upon to discuss the use of ceramics in architecture, taking an in-depth look at the relationship between the two disciplines to highlight the potential for fruitful exchange and future lines of development.
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