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Alison Brooks awarded as a Royal Designer for Industry

Alison Brooks has been awarded as a Royal Designer for Industry, regarded as the highest honour a UK designer can receive.

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Alison Brooks has been awarded as a Royal Designer for Industry, regarded as the highest honour a UK designer can receive.

The award celebrates substantial contribution for rethinking design for positive social, economic and environmental impact and only 200 designers can hold the title at any one time.

Alison Brooks was recognised for design excellence and innovation in urban regeneration and masterplanning, and public buildings for the arts, higher education and housing. She said “I look forward to contributing to the brilliant RSA programmes, exchanging knowledge and supporting their design education mission.”

 

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The RSA
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Wood in Architecture, Milan The Smile

Thu, 12/14/17 , 16:00
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy (map)

Alison will be presenting The Smile at ‘Wood in Architecture’ in Milan, a seminar jointly organised by American Hardwood Council (AHEC) and The Plan Magazine.

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Alison will be presenting The Smile at ‘Wood in Architecture’ in Milan, a seminar jointly organised by American Hardwood Council (AHEC) and The Plan Magazine.

Alison will be joined by Alex de Rijke, Founder of dRMM presenting the Maggies Centre, Oldham and Andrew Laurence, Director at Arup who will be presenting the Warner Strand.

 

Thu, 12.14.17 , 16:00
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy (map)
Website
theplan.it
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The Modern Timber House in the UK Herringbone Houses

Herringbone houses features in Peter Wilson’s ‘The Modern Timber House in the UK: New Paradigms and Technologies’, published in September 2017.

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Herringbone houses features in Peter Wilson’s ‘The Modern Timber House in the UK: New Paradigms and Technologies’, published in September 2017.

Uniquely sited in a backlands plot, overlooking a Wandsworth bowling green, Herringbone Houses consists of two 400sqm ‘urban woodland’ houses for developer Lyford Investments. Like a Victorian house turned ‘inside out’, the building’’s herringbone cladding is a traditional timber floor pattern transferred to facades, creating an optical illusion of accordion-like surfaces. Light filled atriums illuminate suspended stairs at the centre of each house; high-ceilinged open-plan spaces interlock with gardens; full basements decrease the footprint but add space.

These houses are a rare example of a developer aiming to match the craftsmanship of neighbouring Victorian villas within a contemporary architectural language. The houses were conceived from the principle of manipulating two continuous planes of timber and graphite render, that extend from exterior to interior, forming walls, floors, external decking and fences.

Copies of the book can be purchased for £35 by contacting Wood for Good.

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Peter Wilson, Wood for Good, Arcamedia Ltd
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Wood for Good
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Alison Brooks to lecture at Greenwich University

Thu, 11/23/17 , 18.30
University of Greenwich
University of Greenwich (map)

As part of Greenwich University’s Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018, open to all, Alison Brooks is giving a talk on ‘ The Ideal and the Real – why Civicness is the project’ at the Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre, Greenwich on Thursday 23 November.

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As part of Greenwich University’s Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018, open to all, Alison Brooks is giving a talk on ‘ The Ideal and the Real – why Civicness is the project’ at the Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre, Greenwich on Thursday 23 November.

In her lecture, Alison will speak about the recent and current work of Alison Brooks Architects, including: The Cohen Quadrangle at Oxford University; a high rise urban block in Kings Cross, London, The Smile Pavilion and housing scheme Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for contemporary European architecture. She will discuss the notions of civicness and performance, the role of experimental materials and making, and how these can transform both our expectation and everyday experience of cities.

Thu, 11.23.17 , 18.30
University of Greenwich
University of Greenwich
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University of Greenwich (map)
Website
blogs.gre.ac.uk
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The Smile wins the World Architecture Festival 2017 ‘Display’ award The Smile

The Smile has been awarded the World Architecture Festival’s 2017 Display Award after a vigorous judging process in Berlin on 15 November.

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The Smile has been awarded the World Architecture Festival’s 2017 Display Award after a vigorous judging process in Berlin on 15 November.

Alison Brooks Architects collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and the London Design Festival to present this cross-laminated tulipwood structure.

The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects in 2016, and was inhabited and explored by the public. The spectacular, curved, tubular timber structure measured 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long and was effectively a beam curving up at both ends. Showcasing the structural and spatial potential of cross-laminated American tulipwood, The Smile was the first ever ‘mega-tube’ made with construction-sized panels of hardwood CLT.

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World Architecture Festival
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Alison Brooks at World Architecture Festival, Berlin

Wed, 11/15/17 , 12:00
Arena, Berlin
Arena, Berlin

Alison Brooks will be presenting on the main stage at this years World Architecture Festival in Berlin on Wednesday 15 November alongside Jacob Kurek, Partner of Henning Larsen Architects. [more..]

Alison Brooks will be presenting on the main stage at this years World Architecture Festival in Berlin on Wednesday 15 November alongside Jacob Kurek, Partner of Henning Larsen Architects. 

During the session ‘Performance Spaces’, Alison will be presenting four key projects in relation to performance: Quarterhouse, The Smile, Cohen Quad and Ely Court.

Whilst in Berlin Alison will also be presenting our shortlisted project ‘The Smile’ to a panel of judges for the 2017 ‘Small Projects’ Award.

Wed, 11.15.17 , 12:00
Arena, Berlin
Arena, Berlin
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Arena, Berlin
Website
www.worldarchitecturefestival.com
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Alison Brooks to lecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alison Brooks is presenting a lecture at MIT, Cambridge on ‘The Ideal and the Real – why Civicness is the project’. Alison will be discussing her practice philosophy, techniques and the ideal of ‘civicness’ using current and recently completed projects: The Cohen Quadrangle at Oxford University; a high rise urban block in Kings Cross, London; The Smile Pavilion and housing scheme Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for contemporary European architecture.

Alison Brooks is presenting a lecture at MIT, Cambridge on ‘The Ideal and the Real – why Civicness is the project’. Alison will be discussing her practice philosophy, techniques and the ideal of ‘civicness’ using current and recently completed projects: The Cohen Quadrangle at Oxford University; a high rise urban block in Kings Cross, London; The Smile Pavilion and housing scheme Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for contemporary European architecture.

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architecture.mit.edu
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Cohen Quad: Oxford Open Doors Exeter College Cohen Quad

Exeter College Cohen Quad welcomed the public as part of the Oxford Preservation Trust’s Open Doors event. The weekend began with a talk by Alison Brooks on ‘Future Heritage: Collegiate Architecture for the 21st Century’, where she shared the design approach behind the newest building to emerge on the city skyline.

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Exeter College Cohen Quad welcomed the public as part of the Oxford Preservation Trust’s Open Doors event. The weekend began with a talk by Alison Brooks on ‘Future Heritage: Collegiate Architecture for the 21st Century’, where she shared the design approach behind the newest building to emerge on the city skyline.

The College has described the Cohen Quad as ‘a reinterpretation of the traditional collegiate quadrangle, with a hub for social learning at its heart. Drawing on the history of Exeter College, Ruskin College and the needs of 21st century scholars, ABA have delivered a building that is stunning, uplifting, and inspiring.”

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Alison Brooks Architects celebrates 21 years! ABA 21

We were delighted to have so many of our friends, clients and colleagues join our 21 year celebration at Somerset House.

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We were delighted to have so many of our friends, clients and colleagues join our 21 year celebration at Somerset House.


The event included a public talk and exhibition of Alison Brooks Architects’ work over 21 years of practice. Mixing digital media with physical artefacts, we brought together over 100 models, 3000 images and key texts in a 50 minute looped video installation.

We also launched a limited edition catalogue ‘Ideals, then Ideas’ to accompany the celebration. This book describes our work within the conceptual themes and four ideals that have underpinned our work in architecture: Authenticity, Generosity, Civicness and Beauty.

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