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Architectural Terra Cotta: Design Concepts, Techniques and Applications

Architectural Terra Cotta: Design Concepts, Techniques and Applications

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Publication Date: May 31st, 2022
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***Winner of the 2023 BTES Book Award***

Architectural Terra Cotta examines the evolution of terra cotta and prepares architects and builders to make new, creative uses of the timeless material. Terra cotta is among the oldest of manufactured building products, yet it has once again become a material of choice in contemporary fa ade design. From the walls of Babylon to high performance rainscreens, terra cotta claddings have repeatedly proven to be technically superior and aesthetically triumphant. Understanding the evolution of terra cotta prepares architects to add new, creative chapters to a rich history.

This book describes the key attributes that recommend the use of terra cotta and explain its continuing success. The core of the book traces the many ways that terra cotta can be formed, finished and applied to buildings. These techniques demonstrate the full potential of the material, showing how its unique capabilities have been developed over time. A comprehensive inventory of recent examples, project case studies and architectural details, this book provide a basis for understanding the nature of the material and the opportunities it offers in new work.

With over 150 color images, this volume provides a concise resource for all those considering terra cotta as a fa ade system: architects, fa ade engineers, cladding subcontractors, materials suppliers, developers and prospective clients. With inspiring examples of expressive possibility, this invaluable book will find a home with students and professionals alike interested in making rich, colorful and durable buildings.

About the Author

Donald B. Corner is a practicing architect and member of the College of Distinguished Professors of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has been recognized for research and innovative teaching in building construction and detailing. John Rowell is a professor of architecture and founding principal of Rowell Brokaw Architects, an award winning firm in Eugene, Oregon, USA. His practice, research and teaching focus on sustainable, high performance building solutions at a variety of scales. For twenty-five years, Professors Corner and Rowell have offered an integrated course in the technology and design of building enclosure at the University of Oregon.