With "Protoceramics," the Material Processes and Systems Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MaP+S) sought to investigate the architectural possibilities of a material that might often be overlooked: thin, large-format ceramic tiles designed to act as interior finishes or exterior cladding. Instead of accepting the tiles' designation as a surface finish, the team investigated three ways to use them as a self-supporting structural component as part of their ongoing experiment to produce "novel material formations with a special interest in tectonic performance." The three techniques employed focused on the acts of cutting, folding and bending. The project was exhibited at the Cevisama 2015 ceramic trade fair in Valencia in February, where three large-scale prototypes were supported by smaller 3-D printed models and a catalog which showed alternate possibilities and the research processes involved in the project.
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