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The Pass -Scientific Adventure Park

Photos 11094885.JPGOpen to the public since May 2000, the PASS is a tool for disseminating things cultural, be they scientific, technical, or industrial, as decided by the Walloon region to help (as all the other countries of Europe have done) to get young people in particular and citizens in general on good terms with the sciences. The main aim of the PASS is to help visitors to understand how the world changes, and is changing, in particular by way of the development of science and technology. A place of scientific culture equipped with the most modern and interactive tools for data dissemination represents a powerful signal, both emitted and received by people in the process of discovering that science is neither gloomy, nor inaccessible, and that it lies at the heart of the way our societies are evolving. At the PASS, visitors are encouraged to visit and play truant at one and the same time--visits are thus as active as they are interactive, as educational as they are larksome, as serious as they are merry, and as amusing as they are surprising. Twelve thousand sq.m/130,000 sq.ft of exhibition space for a very wide range of subjects: materials, genetics, health, food, learning, sport, money, robots, meteorology, television, sustainable development... There are workshops, a panoramic lift, a slag heap slowly burning, the Adventure Garden with its scientific observatories, and a games area... The PASS is installed on the site of an old listed colliery (the Crachet-Picry mine), which finally closed down once and for all in 1961, turning into a 70-acre area of industrial wasteland situated in the communes of Frameries and Mons. The industrial architecture of the 1950s, confident by dint of its certainties and rules, provided the site with some spectacular buildings, which were listed in 1989. In 1977, under the aegis of the local and regional authorities, and thanks to assistance from the European Community, the old Crachet colliery, at Frameries, was selected to house the first scientific and technical cultural facilities in Belgium. The town-planning as applied to the site and the architecture of the buildings were entrusted to the drawing-board of the internationally renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, after a European call for tenders. As the author of prestigious cultural facilities all over the world, Jean Nouvel is also an enthusiastic industrial archaeologist. He strives to respect the history of sites and endow them with a modernity which continues to attest to their function and their day and age. This approach would find an outstanding outlet in the creation of the Scientific Adventure Park [PASS]. Its spare and sober architecture, at once full of expression and functional, dynamic and poetic, borrows the raw materials of industrial buildings: shaped metal cladding, polished concrete, arched wooden beams... to help create the link with the place. Jean Nouvel drew inspiration from the way the colliery once operated in order to reinstate the site's initial dimension, by creating a park combining 10,000 sq.m./130,000 sq.ft of interactive exhibition space with spectacles and 70-acre grounds.

NEW IN 2017
In 2017, the Pass will be full of surprises and new things, with a mysterious ?Wow zone?, a digital laboratory, an exhibition laboratory dedicated to chemistry and reopening of historical buildings that are part of the history of the Pass.
A taste for innovation, creativity and immersive experiences shall be at the heart of these new hybrid areas

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