Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Dalton Mills - The Fourth Dimension

'The Fourth Dimension' relates to the new dimension used with 3D modelling - time.

With the current climate of striving to work towards a more efficient future of architectural regeneration with the aid of 4D modelling, interactive environments and intelligent computer aided design it is important we don't overlook valuable heritage and we look at what is there, now, capturing an atmosphere and unique character that can only have been created by time, the past. This can also offer a basis for the future though, possibly a more meaningful one, by really appreciating and capturing what is there, heritage is preserved and a valuable resource can offer insight to the character and spirit that has evolved which can help successful future regeneration.

Maybe its the potential for the future, not the fear of it, that contributes to the atmosphere of a building that is currently empty, derelict and full of space, a valuable commodity in todays urban development.

Dalton Mills in Keighley is at a stage of its life that offers a perfect opportunity to explore its present empty state along with all its character that has accumulated over the last 130 years or so. Theres no doubt that these buildings and many like them are full of exciting potential for future use, in some cases even more appropriate in todays society than in their original intended use. By capturing their character and atmosphere whilst in a basic, raw and empty state with all their history and identity, this heritage is not only recorded but can offer a more meaningful influence to fulfill their potential in the future.


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