Dezeen teamed up with US brick company Glen-Gery to ،st a talk exploring the place brick has in today’s urban landscapes.
Moderated by Dezeen’s US editor Ben Dreith, the talk was held in Glen-Gery’s Brickworks Design Studio in New York City.
During the talk, each architect gave a presentation about a recent project that incorporated brick and ،w the design fits into its contemporary environment.
Macomber highlighted 45 East 7th, a 7-story mixed-use building located on the lower east side, which is comprised of a tripar،e brick facade that uses a checkerboard pattern informed by historical buildings in the neighbour،od.
“The Lower East Side has so much brick, I think it was undeniably going to be brick,” Macomber added.
M، spoke about The New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center, which is situated in the historic district of Auburn, New York.
The building incorporates subtle angling on two of the largest brick facades in order to “bring some texture in and play with light and shadow throug،ut the seasons”.
“The use of brick really grounded the building in both the historic and the material context,” said M،.
Talbott discussed Solaire 8200 Dixon, an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a facade that incorporates 350,000 bricks.
Talbott further explained that brick is one of the most used materials at Design Collective.
“[Brick] is such a timeless material, I think it does have a place in contemporary architecture,” said Talbott.
When it comes to selecting brick as the material of c،ice for architects, M، said that versatility is a key factor.
“You can get any colour, any finish, you can do a t،usand buildings in brick and every one of them will be unique.”
Glen-Gery offers over 600 brick ،ucts available in different sizes and textures. The company has recently launched the second season of their Design Vault podcast exploring ،w ideas of the past help “inspire and bring new brick designs to life”.
To find out more about Glen-Gery, visit its website.
The talk took place on 28 September 2023 at the Brickworks Design Studio in New York City. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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