Frozen Relic: Arctic Works by ScanLAB

ScanLAB Projects

AA Gallery & Front Members' Room 12/1/2013 - 9/2/2013

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Frozen Relic:
Arctic Works is a series of re-fabricated real world scenarios by London based designer/makers ScanLAB Projects. Using millimetre perfect 3D scanning technology ScanLAB stage and capture transitory moments on location across the world. In the Frozen Relic: Arctic Works series these moments are digitally archived and reproduce out of context and out of time.

Whilst working with Cambridge University aboard the Greenpeace Icebreaker 'The Arctic Sunrise' ScanLab documented a series of ice floes in the Fram Strait North West of Svalbard, Norway. During the course of two expeditions to the Arctic the team captured a total of 26 floes in forensic detail, mapping their surfaces, analysing core samples of the ice and mapping their drift through the fluxing ice pack.

Frozen Relic: Arctic Works temporarily recreates this landscape in the AA Gallery in its natural material - frozen saltwater. Each piece is a digitally fabricated scale replica of the original ice floe which was 3D scanned from above and documented using underwater sonar from below. The completed digital survey model is used to guide a cnc robotic arm, which carves the moulds in which each replica is cast. The replicas float in the Gallery space, with eye level replacing sea level.

(New Ice will be installed on these dates: 17 Jan, 19 Jan, 23 Jan, 26 Jan, 31 Jan, 2 Feb, 7 Feb)

ScanLAB Projects:  Experiments in Observation & Capture.
Matt Shaw and Will Trossell of ScanLAB, Wednesday 23 January, 6:00pm, Lecture Hall

Frozen Relic & Other Absent Landscapes.
Saturday 2 February 2013, 12:00 - 16:00pm, Lecture Hall
Speakers: Eyal Weizmann (Forensic Architecture), Professor Peter Wadhams (Cambridge), Charlie Kronik (Greenpeace), Kate Davies & Liam Young (Unknown Fields Division/AA)
Chair: Professor Bob Sheil (UCL Bartlett)
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Photo: Nick Cobbing

Photos: Samantha Lee

Photo: Sue Barr

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.