Scaling the heights: mountains and vertical megastructures

Scaling the heights: mountains and vertical megastructures

(Newcastle)

Friday 18 November– Friday 25 November (closed Monday and Tuesday) | 12.00-16.00

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Contemporary economic and social conditions are driving cities and their inhabitants ever higher into cloud-grazing skyscrapers and high-rises. We invite you to experience the long history and mesmerising appeal of all things high and mighty through the dramatic installation ‘Everest Death Zone’ suspended in the vast, vertical space of the Tyne Bridge’s North Tower; a performance by the vertical urban explorer and photographer Lucinda Grange; and bus tours of local artificial mountains and megastructures. A programme of public talks, including one on the future of vertical cities hosted by Professor Stephen Graham, rounds out the week.

Programme of events

Friday 18 November 17.30 -19.30

Scaling the Heights: Mountains
Exhibition opening and talks (booking required: 60 places)
18.00: Architects Stasus Introduction to exhibition and Everest Death Zone
18.30: Dr Martin Beattie Travels on the edge of empire: John Stapylton Grey Pemberton’s expedition to Darjeeling and the ‘snowy ranges’

Saturday 19 November 12.00 – 16.00

Scaling the Heights exhibition, talk and walking tours
13.30 Architect Neil Barker Building the Tyne Bridge
14.00-15.30: Walking tour with architectural historian Rutter Carroll Tour 1: Tyne Gorge North
Newcastle and Castle Hill (booking required: 25 places)

Sunday 20 November 12.00 – 16.00

Scaling the Heights exhibition, talk and walking tours
13.30 Architect Neil Barker Building the Tyne Bridge
14.00-15.30: Walking tour with architectural historian Rutter Carroll Tour 2: Tyne Gorge South
Gateshead and St Mary’s (booking required: 25 places)

Wednesday 23 November 17.30 – 19.30

Scaling the Heights: Vertical Megastructures
Exhibition and talks (booking required: 60 places)
18.00: Professor Steve Graham and Amy Butt discuss science fiction and the vertical city

Thursday 24 November 17.30 – 19.30

The Epic of Everest (Captain John Noel, 1924 / restored 2013)
Film screening (booking required: 60 places)

Friday 25 November 17.30-19.30

Scaling the Heights: Hopes and fears
Exhibition closing and performance (booking required: 60 places)
18.00 Dr Josep-Maria Garcia Fuentes ‘The mountainous search for a modern architecture’
18.30: Adventure Photographer Lucinda Grange presents ‘Outside the Lines’ on her breathtaking endeavours to photograph from the heights of vertical megastructures.

Free admission | Booking required

Event enquiries: anne.fry@ncl.ac.uk
Led by: Newcastle University
In partnership with: Newcastle City Council