Blog posts from the ARCH Design Lab

ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, HGA Architects

A Cost-Effective Masonry Solution: Terra Cotta Long-Format Brick

Working with Studio NYL, HGA decided to revisit their original Center for Arctic Studies (CAS) cladding concept for the 2023 ACAWorkshop, exploring custom extruded terra cotta baguettes.
ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, HGA Architects

Applications Open for the 2024 Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop

Boston Valley is excited to announce that team applications are now open for ACAW 2024. Celebrating its ninth year, this unique workshop invites professionals from the architectural industry to explore innovative building solutions and further their understanding of architectural terra cotta for large-scale assemblies.
ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, Pickard Chilton

That’s a Wrap! ACAW 2023 Overview

At ACAW 2023, professional teams explored new depths in the flexibility and functionality of terra cotta as a material for façade design. Several themes emerged from this year’s 10-month-long research workshop, including bioclimatic/biophilic design, transitional space, and structural design.

ACAW 2023: A Discussion with Co-coordinators Mic Patterson & Sanjeev Tankha

At the annual ACAWorkshop, architects, designers, and students collaborate to push the boundaries of architectural terra cotta. We sat down to talk with Mic Patterson and Sanjeev Tankha, two of the event organizers for ACAW 2023 and coordinators of the professional teams.
Moxon Street, Marylebone Square, London architecture, facade design, terra cotta facade, E8 Architecture, glazed terra cotta, Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Moxon Street Features a Rich Palette of Glazed Terra Cotta

Expected to be complete in Summer 2023, Moxon Street is an innovative take on the traditional mansion block. Glazed terra cotta takes center stage at the London development, seamlessly blending classical elegance with contemporary sophistication.
Kohn Pedersen Fox, ACAW 2019, Ceramic Assembly, TerraPreCast, Precast Terra Cotta, Facade Design

KPF Designs a Textural Precast Terra Cotta Assembly at ACAW 2019

For the 2019 ACAWorkshop, team Kohn Pedersen Fox developed a precast terra cotta spandrel that emulates Boston Valley's TerraPreCast® system, embedding terra cotta into concrete units.

Efficient In-Kind Replacement of Terra Cotta for Quality Restoration

New York City's Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) requires periodic inspection of a building's exterior façade. The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission often insists that only terra cotta can replace itself due to its unique natural qualities, and advises against using alternative materials for in-kind replacement.