Informed Architecture and Clay Materials. Overview of the Main European Research Paths

  • Angelo FigliolaEmail author
  • Alessandra Battisti


The chapter proposes a reflection on the role of technological modernization in the reintroduction of ancient construction techniques and traditional materials, commonly used in the Mediterranean. The continuous flow of traditions and innovations has affected architecture through the introduction of materials and construction technologies for the development of dwellings and later of cities and infrastructures. Stone, clay, as well as wood, have for a long time represented the constituent elements of an architecture shaped by places and cultures. The advent of modernity has radically transformed this relationship by bringing architecture back to a partial homogenization driven by mass production of building components. In the Anthropocene era, the diffusion of information technology processes and modern manufacturing technologies is a stimulus for the reintroduction of traditional materials and techniques within a new tectonic vision to recreate the correlation between project, material, and process production which was a characterizing element of Mediterranean architecture. The analysis focuses on the relationship between computational design, digital fabrication, and clay in the creation of informed technological systems in order to demonstrate how it is possible to reinterpret ancient knowledge through innovative technologies.


Clay design Parametric design Fabrication strategies Informed technological systems Complex clay structures Optimization of clay technological devices. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Planning, D&T of ArchitectureSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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