This project was completed as Matt's MArch studies at the Bartlett, UCL.
The work explores the subversion of city scale 3D scanning in London. The project uses hypothetical devices which are installed across the city and which edit the way the city is scanned and recorded. With Google tourism acting as many people's preferred method of urban spatial research we think 3D scanning is likely to be a major tool in the creation of future online versions of our cities and our world - versions within which people spend more and more of their daily lives. By placing these devices in the way of Google's cars the projects hacks the original recording process of these worlds.
Tools include the 'stealth drill' which dissolves scan data in the surrounding area, creating voids and new openings in the scanned urban landscape and 'boundary miscommunication devices' which offset, relocate and invent spatial data such as paths, boundaries, tunnels and walls.
The drawings shown here represent hybrid landscapes [scanscapes] of real and imagined LiDAR data. They take actual 3D scans of the parliament area of London and breed them with speculative LiDAR blooms, blockages, holes and drains. These are the result of strategically deployed devices which offset, copy, paste, erase and tangle LiDAR data around them. They show the route of stealth drills carving LiDAR data in the public redecoration zone. They show boundary miscommunication devices – hotspots of spatial truths and mistruths. They show the deployment of flash architecture and toolpaths of stealth mechanics. They show Parliament offset to St. James Park, protestors sheltering under a LiDAR shield on the Mall and an urban transplant replacing Downing Street with an insurgent gateway and a Huas‐MattaClarkian vista.