Research and Development

LOADING CERAMICS in Estonian Museum of Architecture

“Loading Ceramics” presents the results of an international short-term residency of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture 3DL and Department of Ceramics, which synthesizes critical spatial thinking with material and ...


Ceramic Dimension 10–28.11.2020 Lauri Kilusk, Martin Melioranski and Urmas Puhkan. The international workshop-exhibit “Ceramic Dimension“ introduces the possibilities of clay 3D printing in ...

Data-driven Spatial Planning – Uncomputed City

Virtual Prototyping with an Application to the Mass-customization of Architecture, Design and Art

The aim of the project was to develop and experiment with the application of virtual reality (VR) and mass-customization technologies inside the various curriculums at The Estonian Academy of Arts, with an emphasis on creating a feed-back ...

Pedestrian Movement Analysis in Tallinn City Centre

3D Lab has carried out several fieldwork sessions in the city centre of Tallinn. We have captured hundreds of pedestrian tracks that help us to build digital simulation tools for predictive urban analysis. How do we do it? - We observe ...

Synthetic Modelling of Pedestrian Movement

This research follows the argument that pedestrian traffic in the city can be successfully simulated with agent-based computational models if pedestrians’ movement patterns are appropriately ...

Providing spatial guidance for the development of human settlement

The Estonian government cabinet initiated the preparation of planning process in counties, which will identify the spatial trends and principles for each county. One of the purposes of preparing these county plans is to guide settlement ...

Involving the Customer in the Process of Designing Energy-efficient Buildings

An applied research study led by the Department of Architecture and Urban Design’s 3D Lab team to find a possible software solution and more productively involve customers in the process of designing energy-efficient buildings. The objective ...


This branch of 3D Lab’s research investigates spatial organisations often associated with unplanned settlements. Such spatial agglomerates are composed of several co-located but autonomous units (agents) that share common facilities and ...


This research investigates the possibility of modelling circulation in settlements using computational modelling and more specifically agent-based systems. It focuses on two different types of models that correspond to diametrically opposed ...


3D Lab has set an ambitious target to develop platform technologies and associated tools that enhance the creativity and productivity of architects and designers working with early building concepts. The team has set out to explore the ...

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“Loading Ceramics” presents the results of an international short-term residency of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture 3DL and Department of Ceramics, which synthesizes critical spatial thinking with material and parametric additive layering technology.

The focus of collaborative robotic 3D printing of clay is targeted to the re-imagination and re-conceptualization of the ‘pillar’ of architecture – the long historical transformation of the support element is traceable in the built environment both directly in physical form and culturally in collaboration with the developments of other disciplines and technologies. In a simplified form, this quest can be summarized as the problem of minimizing and maximizing: how, in a situation where modern buildings require supporting structures that are as lightweight and easy to manufacture as possible, can we achieve a symbiosis of ideas that brings together all the disciplines involved in a comprehensive compound for this element, directing towards novel results? The aim is to (re)discover the hidden potentials of the (partly forgotten) support system in a contemporary context through experimental ceramic columns and pillars.

The opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by a thematic symposium highlighting the observations of the participating architects, designers, and artists. It will present the results of an international short-term residency of 3DL | Faculty of Architecture and Ceramics Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts, synthesizing critical spatial thinking with material and parametric layering technologies. The symposium will be chaired by Andres Kurg.

The symposium is in English.

The symposium “Keraamika kannab | Loading Ceramics takes place on Tuesday, September 12th at 14:00 on the 1st Floor and the subsequent exhibition opens at 16:00 on the 3rd floor of Estonian Architecture Museum.

Curators: Martin Melioranski, Lauri Kilusk

Co-curator: Varvara Guljajeva

Graphic Design: Cristopher Siniväli

Participants: Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet Solà, Raul Kalvo, Lauri Kilusk, Kaiko Kivi, Martin Melioranski, Sasha Serber, Paco Ernest Ulman, Markus Wikar

The exhibition and symposium is supported by Estonian Academy of Arts and Cultural Endowment of Estonia


Martin Melioranski

Martin Melioranski

Head of 3D Lab; Master's Thesis Supervisor; Teaching staff, Contemporary Architecture Texts, 3DL Studium: Form Study

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