Alison Brooks speaks at Ecobuild

Alison Brooks participated in a panel discussion at Ecobuild 2015.

The imbalance between housing demand and supply means housebuilders aren’t under pressure to invest in high quality design to gain market share. This results in mediocre identikit housing and poor public realm which is unappealing for residents. Little thought is given to promoting more sustainable lifestyles including walking and cycling rather than driving and activities including growing food. Can anything be done to improve the quality of housing design which will ensure long-term appeal and therefore greater longevity for schemes?

1:30pm Thursday 5th March 2015

ExCeL, London

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Urbanistas Exhibition

Alison Brooks Architects are participating in the Urbanistas Exhibition at Roca London Gallery. Showcasing sustainable, liveable examples of architecture, urban and landscape design, Urbanistas highlights the ingenuity and resourcefulness needed to tackle modern city living with models, drawings, video interviews and more.

The exhibition is curated by Lucy Bullivant (Hon FRIBA) and designed by Julia Feix (Feix & Merlin Architects). It also features projects by muf architecture/art, Bauman Lyons Architects and J&L Gibbons.

Free Exhibition

6th March – 27th June 2015

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Royal Academy ‘Future of Housing’ Talk

Alison Brooks will be debating ‘The Costs of the Housing Crisis’ with Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, Polly Toynbee of The Guardian, Tony Travers of LSE, and Sarah Gaventa, Interim Director of the Architecture Foundation.

The idea behind this event is to offer a fresh view on precisely what we mean by ‘housing crisis’, its extent and importantly its detrimental effects for individuals and society. We want to assess the nature and implications of these effects – whether social, economic, psychological or environmental – and also on the role of the architect.

6:30-8:00 pm Monday 26 January 2015

Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1

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Alison Brooks receives Alumni Achievement Medal from University of Waterloo

Alison Brooks is the recipient of the 2014 Medal for Professional Achievement.

The Faculty of Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal program was established to recognize the accomplishments of Waterloo Engineering alumni on the world stage.

This prestigious award, created in 1994, was established to provide tangible recognition of alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional achievements, community service or academic excellence.

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ABA on Olympicopolis Shortlist

Alison Brooks Architects has been named on one of six teams shortlisted to design a new culture and education quarter at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The development is set to include new campuses for The Victoria & Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, University of the Arts London and UCL.

Led by AECOM and Stanton Williams, ABA’s team also includes AKT II, Asif Khan, Carmody Groarke, Charcoalblue, Haworth Tompkins and Vogt Landscape Architects.

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The Guardian

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Construction kicks off in South Kilburn

Following the demolition work to the Bronte and Fielding Estate, construction work has begun.

Designed by Alison Brooks Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the 229 unit scheme is being delivered by Network Housing Group and United House as part of the London Borough of Brent’s South Kilburn Regeneration Programme.

With diamond shaped columns and 100% double aspect flats, ABA’s distinctively shaped point block to the south of the site is currently emerging out of the ground. More updates to follow as construction progresses.

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Future Wimbledon Ideas Competition 2014

Alison Brooks was on the judging panel of the 2014 Future Wimbledon Ideas Competition, whose winners were announced on 8th October.

In 2015 Merton Council will commission a masterplan to guide investment and manage growth for the next 15 years, considering the potential of Crossrail 2 as a catalyst for growth. This competition is a pre-cursor to that masterplan.

Challenging ideas are often overlooked in the process of formal masterplanning. Rising stars often do not get a look-in and the community can sometimes feel side-tracked by the formality of the planning process. This competition is an opportunity to share ideas for Wimbledon that will inform future plans. It is an opportunity to showcase emerging talent and for the community to share aspirations at the earliest stage.

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The Wish List Project at the V&A

Alison Brooks is one of ten architects who have commissioned ten emerging designers to create “the object they have always wanted but have never been able to find.” Initiated by Sir Terence Conran, the product of their collaborations is being exhibited at the V&A Museum as part of the London Design Festival.  Brooks and De Pass’s  kitchen stool design in solid American Cherry is intended to offer a visual lightness, simplicity and ease of use for any context. ‘The Wish List’ project celebrates sustainable design and the power of craftsmanship, brought together by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture for London Design Festival 2014

13th September – 24th October 2014

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Silent Majority: How the public will support a new wave of social housing

Alison Brooks chaired a conversation on the future of social housing at the House of Commons. That Britain needs new homes is something all political parties can agree on. But there remains a political queasiness when it comes to building more social housing. At this event, Emma Reynolds MP, Brian Ham and Robert Tinker discussed the conclusions drawn from the Fabian Society’s report, Silent Majority.

6:00 pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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Talk: Festival of Architecture: Building Waterloo Region

Alison Brooks spoke at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Waterloo. Her talk was part of the Architecture Festival ‘Building Waterloo Region’ marking the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Waterloo School of Architecture and Design in the former Riverside Silk Mills in Cambridge, Ontario.

7:00 pm Wednesday July 30 2014

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ABA’s Bath Western Riverside receives a Housing Design Award

Housing Design Project Award

ABA’s Bath Western Riverside B1/2 scheme for Crest Nicholson has received a project award at the 2014 Housing Design Awards Ceremony . The 27 unit mixed use scheme forms Phase 3 of a 2000 home residential development transforming a former industrial site derelict for over 25 years. On the site of the famous Stothert & Pitt Works, the 44-acre development has been described as being the most important project the world heritage city has seen for more than 100 years.


Future Visions: Investing in architectural capital

In celebration of the London Architecture Festival, Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic asks what the future of architecture holds with Designs of the Year nominees Kunlé Adeyemi, founder of NLE, Alison Brooks of ABA, and Noamí Blager, acting Director of the Architecture Foundation.

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Winner: London Evening Standard – Best Regeneration Project

ABA’s South Acton Estate Regeneration masterplan and Phase 2 Liberty Quarter has been awarded the ‘Best Regeneration Project’ category at this years ES New Homes awards.

To see more about South Acton Estate, click here

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Winner: RIBA National Awards

ABA’s Lens house receives a RIBA National Award and has been longlisted for the 2014 Manser Medal.

To see the full list, click here.

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German Design Award Nomination: Newhall Be

Newhall Be, which was short listed for the RIBA’s Stirling Prize, is gaining international recognition: This award nomination from the German Design Awards is in recognition of Newhalls “pioneering contribution to the German and international design scene”

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