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Join Bartlett's 3D whizzes and help scan Kielder's architectural gems

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Interested punters, curious geographers, and the odd mountain biker will have the chance to experience the latest in 3-D scanning wizardry at Kielder Forest this weekend

Visualisation specialists ScanLAB - comprising Bartlett graduates Matthew Shaw and William Trossell - are leading a public workshop on the banks of the Northumbrian reservoir on Sunday 11 November. It is the first public event as part of the Kielder Partnership Initiative’s new Testing Ground program.

Led by Kielder’s Art and Architecture curator Peter Sharpe, the new 15 month program has been made possible by a £40,000 funding grant for 2012/13 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The program builds upon an established collaboration between Kielder, the Bartlett UCL and the University of Newcastle.

The first workshops run earlier this month enabled 16 students, primarily from deprived areas of the North East who are interested in studying architecture , to take part in a 3 days of ‘design and make’ workshops at Kielder and within Newcastle University

Peter Sharpe said the project ‘aims to give members of the public opportunities to work alongside architects and architecture students and teachers and learn something about where ideas come from and how do they get progressed into tangible end product.‘

Sunday’s event ‘will be an opportunity for members of the public to join ScanLAB (and students from the Bartlett) to learn and have a go at using state of the art 3D scanning technology to explore Kielder’s terrain and art and architectural works in fine detail.’

ScanLAB use point cloud technology to make dramatic imagery of any given location, building or terrain – they have previously mapped the AJ’s office as well as AHMM’s Angel Building and Zaha Hadid’s Evelyn Grace Academy.

‘The original idea from ScanLAB was that we would set up the equipment in the forest – generator, projector. ‘

‘It will output as film and still content. Plan B if the weather looks cold (likely) or damp (also likely) once it gets dark (that would be around 4.30 up here) is to retreat to (Charles Barclay Architects ) Observatory’.

The new program is a welcome new lease of life to Kielder’s Art and Architecture Program, which despite its large amount of quality work on site has suffered from funding cuts from Arts Council England and One North East, following the RDA’s dismantling.

The program follows ‘what feels like a lifetime of funding applications’, says Sharpe.


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