Blog posts from the ARCH Design Lab

Revisiting the Thin Tiled Vaulting Exercise – Part 2

Last month, Boston Valley Terra Cotta donated and expedited materials for the Thin Tiled Vaulting Exercise at the IMI BAC/Local 1 PA/DE Training Center in Philadelphia. The event was one of three hands-on workshops taught by Franca Trubiano as a part of the Masonry Techtonics course offered at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. In the previous post about the Thin Tiled Vaulting Exercise, students were shown building tile arches on parabolic armatures. 

Restoration is Underway on the Historic 35 East Wacker

The city of Chicago is renowned for its rich history as a hub for modern industry and luxury. 35 East Wacker, originally known as the Jeweler's Building (built in 1926), channels Roman, Greek, and Gothic architecture with its intricate, decorative flourishes. The Jeweler's building was originally built to house and protect the city's diamond trade.
boston valley terra cotta, the fitzroy, NYC,

In the Factory: The Fitzroy Green Glaze Facade

Located at 514 West 24th street, The Fitzroy finds its home on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. New York City's West Chelsea neighborhood boasts many iconic buildings and historic landmarks, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Highline, and the Hotel Chelsea.