[Cambridge, Mass.] Ceramics of Italy announced that on March 22-23, 2014, the company participated in a technical symposium on architectural ceramics in Boston, connecting the Italian tile industry with leading architects, engineers, conservators and other professionals responsible for aspects of the built environment from the U.S. and Canada.
According to the company, “Architectural Ceramics in the 21st Century: Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture” explored the use, performance, maintenance and preservation of terra cotta, porcelain and other architectural ceramics during an intensive two-day conference held in the Wong Auditorium of MIT’s Cambridge campus.
Ceramics of Italy participated in the conference in several ways, including the sponsorship of two key speakers on the conference program: Giorgio Timellini, director of the Italian Tile Center in Bologna and professor at the University of Bologna, department of applied chemistry & materials science, conducted a presentation about European ceramics research and fabrication developments for exterior cladding on March 22 and Sunday, March 23, served on a panel discussion on sustainability issues and recent advancements in the ceramics industry, and Giorgio Valentini, president of Atlantic Link, presented an update on new types of porcelain and terra cotta tile suitable for structural and decorative exterior applications in new construction and restoration projects on March 23.
In addition to the conference program, Ceramics of Italy sponsored the conference luncheon on March 23 and organized an informational display for general information on Ceramics of Italy and the industry as a whole. Leading Italian tile maker, Altaeco, also participated with its own tabletop display on the latest architectural ceramic tile offerings, the company stated.