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ArClab Workshops

ArClab strives to go beyond helping students and the public expand their understanding of conservation work. It seeks to build Singapore and the region’s capabilities in managing and conserving cultural heritage. This involves the introduction of short, advanced courses for heritage-management professionals based on the UNESCO Competence Framework for Cultural Heritage Management within the ArClab.

Innovation

With a focus on developing innovative techniques to advance the documentation and conservation of the historic fabric, creative design, and policy research for broader conservation issues, the ArClab enables cutting edge cross- disciplinary research and collaboration across the fields of digital conservation technology, material sciences, and building aesthetics.

 

Hands On

Hands-on workshops guided by building conservation specialists in ArClab encompass a critical part of multi- and interdisciplinary architectural conservation education. Within the ArClab, students are exposed to a wide range of craft skills such as lime render and plastering, brick repair, tile repair, stained glass repair, and decorative finishes.

 

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Lime Brick

Practical Building Conservation Skills I

Lime Plaster and Brick Masonry

Programme

Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation (MAArC) 

Conducted by

Nikhil Joshi

In NUS Architectural Conservation, students acquire practical experience through hand-on training at dedicated research and training centres in the ArClab (Singapore) and NUS-Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre (NUS-TTCLC) for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage (Melaka, Malaysia).

 

In this workshop, students learnt about the history of lime, its advantages, and considerations in selection of products and specifications. They also had the opportunity with experimenting with hot-mixed lime mortar at NUS-TTCLC. 

Besides work on lime plaster, they have also had experience in SPAB approaches such as "Brick Stitching" to repair historic brick masonry walls.

AY 2022/2023

Semester 2

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Shanghai

Practical Building Conservation Skills I

Shanghai Plaster

Programme

Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation (MAArC) 

Conducted by

Dai Shibing
Jackson Lee
Kojio Ryusuke
Nikhil Joshi

In this workshop, students gained practical experience with Shanghai plaster under the guidance of Dr Dai Shibing from College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. Shanghai plaster is a type of granolithic cement plaster which was popularised through its use in modern buildings in the 1930s. This course is suitable for those with no prior experience.

During the workshop, the students covered:

  • A brief history of Shanghai plaster

  • Selecting products and specifications

  • Material sourcing and types of aggregate used in Shanghai plaster

  • Understanding the processes behind cleaning and restoring a Shanghai plaster facade

  • Hands-on experiences and demonstrations with Shanghai plaster

AY 2022/2023

Semester 2

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3D Laser

Practical Building Conservation Skills I

3D Laser Scanning Workshop

Programme

Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation (MAArC) 

Conducted by

Twin Logic
Nikhil Joshi

In this workshop, students gained practical experience with 3D laser scanning. Not only did they gain a brief theoretical understanding of 3D laser scanning technology and different types of 3D laser scanning technologies and their appropriate uses, students also learnt about the advantages and disadvantages of various 3D laser scanning equipment.

After the theoretical aspect, the students had hands-on experiences with FARO Freestyle2 handheld 3D scanner and FARO S350+ 3D scanner in the ArClab.​ The workshop concluded with students learning about the software required to process and clean up the data collected from 3D laser scanning.

AY 2022/2023

Semester 2

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Decorative Finishes

Practical Building Conservation Skills II

Decorative Finishes (Qian Ci/Jian Nian)

Programme

Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation (MAArC) 

Conducted by

Huang Hsiu Hui
Nikhil Joshi

In this workshop on decorative finishes, Ms Huang Hsiu Hui from Taiwan shared with the students the history, techniques, and repair methodology behind the art of qian ci/jian nian. Students had a hand at cutting the pieces, crafting the mortar mix, and assembly of the pieces into a form based on a motif found on the facade of the ArClab. 

Students also had first hand experience conducting a visual survey of the qian ci/jian nian located at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, NUS-Baba House, and ArClab.

AY 2022/2023

Semester 1

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