FIRST PRIZE IN UCL's “Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research” by Bernadette Devilat

Bernadette got the first prize in the “Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research” competition, organised by University College London in 2016. The winning entry is titled 'Fragile materiality'. The image shows a still from a 3D laser scanning record from Zuñiga, a heritage area in Chile affected by an earthquake in 2010. 3d laser scanning is an accurate technology that can record the built environment as a point cloud in a short period of time with precision of millimetres. The image was composed using the scans from inside a traditional dwelling in that area that continues damaged after the mentioned seismic event, although inhabited. The scans were taken from both interior and exterior spaces. The transparency of the image allows seeing the interior space, giving a fragile aesthetics of buildings that are at are endangered by earthquakes

Interview to Bernadette: Walk around the British Pavilion by Bernadette Devilat

Preserving a temporary exhibition is what Bernadette intended to do by 3D scanning the British Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in November 2014. She was interviewed by the British Council about her work, which you can find in the link. 

Next presentation of Bernadette's research on the 20th November 2015 by Bernadette Devilat

All welcome to the presentation I will give next 20th Of November titled:  'Re-construction and record: exploring alternatives for heritage areas after earthquakes in Chile'. It will be held at Room S16 of Institute of Education (IOE), 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, from 3.00 to 5.00 pm. I will refer to my thesis research and also to the exhibition on Gordon St.

Abstract of the presentation: Earthquakes have progressively destroyed Chile’s built heritage over the years, but also applied reconstruction approaches during the aftermath. From the study of the 2005 and the 2010 earthquakes, the objective is to explore alternatives to address re-construction in heritage villages, based on a methodical record of case studies throughout different periods of time. By using accurate recording technologies, such as 3D laser scanning, the role that the record may have in the definition of what is considered heritage and in the design of re-construction projects is being explored; understanding those technologies’ capacity of being a virtual database for memory, preservation, demolition, intervention or replica.

Date: Friday 20th of November 2015

Time: 3.00 to 5.00 pm. 

Venue:  Room S16 of Institute of Education (IOE), 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL



Bernadette's Exhibition for Transforming UCL Competition READY at Gordon St, UCL ENTRANCE, lONDON by Bernadette Devilat

Some of my research images have been selected as the winning entry of the Transforming UCL Competition. Two large scale images of my case studies are displayed along a 18 m long hoarding at Gordon St, UCL's entrance in London. These images are a top view of San Lorenzo de Tarapacá and a plan view of Lolol, with high level of detail, rendered using 3D scanning data that I obtained there in 2013. This technology is fast and accurate as a survey tool. Indeed, the images show all the 3D scans taken on these cases, which conform its complete heritage area, obtained in only three days in each case, although with only some samples of interior spaces. Some more images, explanations and videos of these cases are along the exhibition too. This is part of my current PhD research titled: Re_construction and record: exploring alternatives for heritage villages after earthquakes in Chile, which objective is to generate new architectural design alternatives to address conservation and re-construction of heritage villages after earthquakes through the exploration of sustainable and technological methods, and the role that accurate recording technologies might have in that process. The exhibition can also be explore via Google Street View:,-0.1322584/@51.5245041,-0.1352437,16.32z?hl=en  

Bernadette's winning entry for TRANSFORMING UCL Competition by Bernadette Devilat

I have been selected as the winner of the Transforming UCL Art Competition. My images will be installed shortly along a length of hoardings along Gordon Street, London. The images are part of my current PhD research that concerns about the re-construction of historic villages affected by earthquakes in Chile, where I use 3D laser scanning technology to record and question this process. My case studies: San Lorenzo de Tarapacá, Zúñiga and Lolol have been destroyed and reconstructed many times in their history, as in Chile earthquakes occur regularly. Thus, recording these areas in a context of constant change is particularly relevant. 3D scanning is a technology that captures the built environment using a laser to capture the measurement and distances, and photographs to capture colours. The result is a 3D model of the reality with precision of millimetres. Distortions, cracks and other effects of earthquakes on buildings can be easily identified using this technology. Furthermore, it is a three-dimensional reflection of the state of a place at a given moment in time, which allows us to virtually transport ourselves to that place and study it. As such, this technology may constitute a very powerful tool for post-earthquake intervention and reconstruction, especially in a seismic country like Chile.