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Shade and Shading Studio: Modular Ceramic Elements in Architecture
Department of Ceramics and Glass Design,Bezalel

One of the primary aims of architecture is to create thermal comfort ina building's interior and immediate surroundings. Correct shading isan effective means for enhancing the functioning of a built element byregulating natural energy sources such as sunlight and wind. Shading solutions carry considerable weight in determining a building's urban façade and its interaction with its environment.

This exhibition is the product of a collaboration between the Departmentof Ceramics and Glass Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Designand Design Museum Holon. This collaboration was conceived out ofthe recognition that every effort should be made to found the designprofessions on unique cultural values that correspond with local climateand resources.

In the Shade and Shading Studio that was held at the Department of Ceramics and Glass Design during the past academic year the studentswere asked to develop a modular ceramic unit for structural use inan urban environment, and to address the connection between thematerial and visual characteristics and natural environmental elementssuch as wind, light, and water. The ceramic materials were chosenowing to their exceptional ability to regulate climate, and due to thehistory of their use in man's immediate environment since the dawn ofhuman civilization.The studio sessions constituted a basis for a group discussion founded oncritical criteria in order to advance the development and implementationof the ceramic products through conceptual, formal, and materialinquiry.

The students experienced industrial designing and production techniques, from planning, through building models and prototypes forserial production, to executing the products by means of the appropriateproduction method; all of which ultimately defined the results of theindependent formal analysis of the architectonic ceramic unit conductedindividually by each student.The students' projects constitute a direct continuation of the regionalplanning logic, and the thinking that engages in channeling air andlight and in adapting architectural openings and space to local climaticconditions.The exhibition maps the visual and functional opportunities proposed bythe basic units and their assemblage alongside a morphological studythat takes into account relevant practical considerations, and delves intothe properties of the material.

Lena Dubinsky, Head of Design in the faculty of Ceramics and Glass Design,Bezalel Academy of Art and Design



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