The Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Show is a collection of over a thousand models, installations, prototypes, drawings, photographs, films, sketches and designs presented across four large exhibition spaces in the Slade School of Art, UCL each summer. The show lasts for just seven days but represents the annual output of over 450 Bartlett students, thousands of hours of labour and thousands of pounds in materials.

This film creates a permanent record of the temporary exhibition, not through video but through 3D scanning.

In 2010, 48 hours of colour 3D scanning produced 64 scans of the entire exhibition space using a Faro Photon 120 laser scanner. These have been compiled to form a complete 3D replica of the temporary show which has been distilled into a navigable animation (shown here) and a series of 'standard' architectural drawings.

The process of 3D scanning captures full colour millimetre perfect spatial data of the models, drawings and exhibition spaces and allows them to be revisited long after the show has finished.

Along side the film a series of high resolution plan, section and elevations have been extracted from the 3D scanned data set and will be exhibited at the Bartlett soon. In these drawings what is such a three dimensional, sensual and temporary experience is abstracted into a series of precisely detailed snap shots in time. The work becomes a collage of hours of delicately created lines and forms set within a feature prefect representation of the exhibition space. Sometimes a model or image stands out as identifiable, more often a sketch merges into a model and an exhibition stand creating a blurred hybrid of designs and authors. These drawings represent the closest record to an as built drawing set for the entire exhibition and an 'as was' representation of the Bartlett's year.

ScanLAB is a series of research projects exploring the role of 3D scanning in Architecture, Design and Making. We are based at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

For more information please contact studio@scanlabprojects.co.uk

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