The Materials Book

Call the Local Tile Maker: A traditional material offers a smart alternative for future construction Tiles have been used for walls, floors, and roofs for millennia, and yet they’re as sustainable and future-proof as just about any building material. They’re made from a widely available natural material—clay—and are resistant to environmental factors such as UV radiation, temperature swings, and saltwater. These qualities have long been utilized by small-batch producers who perfect methods of forming, painting, glazing, and cooking tiles that suit local needs. Keeping these manufacturers alive makes it possible for designers to work closely with producers and efficiently use the properties of a specific tile. Example: Tailor-made glazed ceramic tile from Royal Tichelaar Ceramics, seen in Park Pavilion, National Park de Hoge Veluwe, The Netherlands Contributed by: Monadnock, The Netherlands 378