Ecologies of Residue Material movement and the thinness of things
Research stage: initial doctoral stage and an extension of Architectural Practice
Ecologies of Residue investigates relationships between resources and environments of two clay building products: the Mangalore tile and the Flensburg brick. Research into construction products conventionally focuses on application, with limited attention placed on the complex interactions of constructing materials. Seeking to address this gap, the project explores the role and potential of these terracotta industries in shaping building cultures: including the architecture of production and structures made using the resulting products. Through tracing processes of extraction, production, exchange and construction, a Design Driven Doctoral Research approach is used to critically examine the tangible and intangible residue of these industries in India and Denmark respectively. The Mangalore Tile and Flensburg brick are explored as parallel ecologies, with comparisons intended to draw out specificities and commonalities of making, exchange and use.
Keywords: clay, ecology of materials, terracotta production