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Venice Biennale 2018: Freespace on a Tight Rein ReCasting

Alison Brooks Architects ‘ReCasting’ features in the AJ’s review of the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale, described as “gently optimistic and touchy-feely and unusually coherent”.

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Alison Brooks Architects ‘ReCasting’ features in the AJ’s review of the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale, described as “gently optimistic and touchy-feely and unusually coherent”.

Rob Wilson states “Particularly immersive is Alison Brooks’s contribution: an elemental series of ‘totem’ spaces which you actually walk or slide yourself bodily into: threshold, passage, roof-space. These riff off corners from her housing projects – with mirrored walls and ceilings which complete the spatial experience, visually leading off into infinity around you.”

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The Architects' Journal
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Royal Academy of Arts – 250th Summer Exhibition

Tue, 06/12/18
Royal Academy of Arts
Royal Academy of Arts (map)

Alison Brooks Architect’s are exhibiting a unique architectural model at the Royal Academy of Arts’ 250th Summer Exhibition, running from 12 June-19 August.

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Alison Brooks Architect’s are exhibiting a unique architectural model at the Royal Academy of Arts’ 250th Summer Exhibition, running from 12 June-19 August.

The model, crafted using cherry wood and copper is of our private residential project ‘Mesh House’ in London. Nearing completion, Mesh House is an organic, crystalline form that wraps itself around an outdoor court yard. Each plane of its faceted copper surface – wall and roof planes, are tailored to allow sunlight from the south to reach every room in the house, to allow maximum light into neighbour’s windows, and to maintain the overall rhythm and form of the local streetscape.

 

Tue, 06.12.18
Royal Academy of Arts
Royal Academy of Arts
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Royal Academy of Arts (map)
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www.royalacademy.org.uk
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The Observer – Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 – A Joyous Treasure Trove ReCasting

Our installation ‘ReCasting’ features in Rowan Moore’s Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 review in the Sunday Observer.

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Our installation ‘ReCasting’ features in Rowan Moore’s Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 review in the Sunday Observer.

“Alison Brooks, Canadian-born and British-based, has built a composite of elements of several of her housing projects – a vaulted threshold, a canted roof space, a cloister – in plywood and mirrors, in order to show how an architect can “frame everyday life” with memorable spaces.” says Rowan Moore

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The Observer
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Design Boom: Alison Brooks Architects Recasts Urban Housing at Venice Architecture Biennale ReCasting

Design Boom published ‘ReCasting’ following the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Design Boom published ‘ReCasting’ following the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Responding to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale’s theme of ‘freespace’, Alison Brooks Architects creates a large-scale, highly experiential installation. called ‘ReCasting’, the work addresses the subject of housing and urban dwelling, specifically with a focus on the practice’s related work.

The space, which also comprises an amphitheater, is divided into four inhabitable ‘totems’: threshold, inhabited edge, passage, and roofspace. each one offers a particular spatial, emotional and sensory experience, revealing housing architecture’s meaningful civic role. this is through forms of mirrored surfaces, organic geometries and forced perspectives that harness the corderie arsenale’s specific qualities of light and volume.

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Design Boom
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The Guardian: Venice Architecture Biennale Review ReCasting

Upon the opening of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale Architettura 2018, Alison Brooks Architects’ installation ‘ReCasting’ features in The Guardian’s ‘Venice Architecture Biennale review’.

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Upon the opening of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale Architettura 2018, Alison Brooks Architects’ installation ‘ReCasting’ features in The Guardian’s ‘Venice Architecture Biennale review’.

Oliver Wainwright writes “London-based Canadian architect Alison Brooks has constructed a tableau of habitable totems that recreate in-between moments from some of her buildings, using a clever combination of plywood and mirrors to conjure a curving colonnade, an infinite cloister and a grand vaulted threshold. They are dreamlike fragments that speak of the potential of housing to create moments of delight beyond the dwellings alone.”

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The Guardian
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‘ReCasting’ opens at the 2018 Venice Biennale ReCasting

Sat, 05/26/18 , 10:00
Arsenale, Venice
Arsenale, Venice (map)

Alison Brooks Architects have been invited by the 16th International Architecture Exhibition curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects to respond to this year’s theme of ‘Freespace’ by addressing the subject of housing and urban dwelling.

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Alison Brooks Architects have been invited by the 16th International Architecture Exhibition curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects to respond to this year’s theme of ‘Freespace’ by addressing the subject of housing and urban dwelling.

We have created a large-scale, site specific installation that simulates the critical freespaces of their work in housing as four inhabitable ‘totems’: Threshold, Inhabited Edge, Passage, and Roofspace. The totems invite exploration, emerging from a unifying plinth to frame an amphitheatre and collective gathering space. Each totem offers a particular spatial, emotional and sensory experience, harnessing the Corderie’s specific qualities of light and volume. It has been this practice’s mission to reveal  housing architecture’s civic role and its potential for meaningful, subjective experience.

ReCasting will be on public display in the Corderie, Arsenale at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale from Saturday 26 May until 25 November 2018.

Sat, 05.26.18 , 10:00
Arsenale, Venice
Arsenale, Venice
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Arsenale, Venice (map)
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www.labiennale.org
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More information
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FT Series: Venice Biennale 2018 ReCasting

Alison Brooks was interviewed by the Financial Times, ahead of the unveiling of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia on 23 May.

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Alison Brooks was interviewed by the Financial Times, ahead of the unveiling of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia on 23 May.

Alison Brooks Architects have been invited by Curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to participate at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, running from 26 May to 25 November 2018. The theme for Biennale Architettura 2018 is FREESPACE, a word which describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda.

 

 

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Financial Times
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Alison Brooks Interview with the Globe & Mail

Following her keynote lecture in Toronto, Alison Brooks was interviewed by The Globe & Mail, Canada’s most widely read newspaper, on the responsibility of architects to make great buildings, better cities, and to deliver high quality design, joy and beauty.

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Following her keynote lecture in Toronto, Alison Brooks was interviewed by The Globe & Mail, Canada’s most widely read newspaper, on the responsibility of architects to make great buildings, better cities, and to deliver high quality design, joy and beauty.

“Her career of three decades in Britain suggests a lesson for design professionals: That fighting for the ideal building and city is their job, and sometimes they can even win.” writes Alex Bozikovic. “Her buildings are respectful of traditional urban design, sensitive to the city around them and are both beautiful and inventive.”

 

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The Globe and Mail
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16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Alison Brooks Architects have been invited to participate at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. The 16th Exhibition runs from 26 May to 25 November 2018. Details of our involvement will be unveiled on the 23rd May.

Alison Brooks Architects have been invited to participate at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. The 16th Exhibition runs from 26 May to 25 November 2018. Details of our involvement will be unveiled on the 23rd May.

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La Biennale di Venezia
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Alison Brooks to present the keynote lecture at Vancouver Design Week

Wed, 05/9/18 , 18:00
UBC Robson Square
UBC Robson Square (map)

Alison Brooks is presenting the keynote lecture of Vancouver Design Week taking place from 7-13 May 2018.

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Alison Brooks is presenting the keynote lecture of Vancouver Design Week taking place from 7-13 May 2018.

In her lecture ‘IDEALS THEN IDEAS: New Urban Housing as Civic Architecture’ Alison will be discussing her practice philosophy, architectural approach and the ideal of ‘civicness’ relating her current and recently completed projects in housing and higher education. These include the Cohen Quadrangle at Oxford University and her exceptional mid-rise, high density residential schemes In London such as Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for contemporary European architecture. She will discuss how her architectural ideals of authenticity, generosity and beauty can be embedded in all urban development and will demonstrate the potential of housing to both express local culture and serve the wider community.

Wed, 05.9.18 , 18:00
UBC Robson Square
UBC Robson Square
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UBC Robson Square (map)
Website
www.picatic.com
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Vancouver Design Week
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Alison Brooks to speak in Toronto at Architect@Work

Thu, 04/12/18 , 15:00
Enercare Centre
Enercare Centre (map)

Alison Brooks will speak at Architect@Work, an international convention being held for the second year in Toronto this April.

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Alison Brooks will speak at Architect@Work, an international convention being held for the second year in Toronto this April.

Alison Brooks will speak about her practice, the resurgence of building as craft, housing as civic advocacy, and the rise of timber in architecture.

Tickets are free – register on the Architect@Work website.

Thu, 04.12.18 , 15:00
Enercare Centre
Enercare Centre
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Where
Enercare Centre (map)
Website
www.architectatwork.ca
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Alison Brooks to Speak at RIBA Future Leaders: Learning to Lead

Alison Brooks will be providing a talk at the RIBA Future Leaders ‘Learning to Lead’ half day conference on 22 March. [more..]

Alison Brooks will be providing a talk at the RIBA Future Leaders ‘Learning to Lead’ half day conference on 22 March. 

‘Learning to Lead’ is the first of this year’s three-part programme, aiming to provide early career professionals with a comprehensive introduction to leadership through industry specific training. It is a dedicated session on what it means to lead. Why is leadership important to practice? What differentiates leadership from management? How do you line yourself up for leadership by adopting a leadership mindset? How do you set about taking those initial steps to shift from an operational to leader mode?

Following the half day conference, Alison will be amongst an inspiring team of female mentors, providing practical tips, guidance and encouragement to delegates.

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Where
RIBA (map)
Website
www.architecture.com
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Ideals then Ideas – now available for purchase ABA 21

This book marks 21 years since the founding of Alison Brooks Architects. It presents an overview of ABA’s built and unbuilt work within a set of conceptual, formal and material themes that have emerged over the past two decades.

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This book marks 21 years since the founding of Alison Brooks Architects. It presents an overview of ABA’s built and unbuilt work within a set of conceptual, formal and material themes that have emerged over the past two decades.

It also aims to communicate four ‘ideals’ that underpin Alison Brooks’s work in architecture: Authenticity, Generosity, Civicness and Beauty. The naming of these ideals is an attempt to distil the motivations behind the urban, spatial, tectonic and experiential qualities of ABA’s architecture. They intend to provide an alternative to the assumption that architecture is the result of a reactive orchestration of project criteria (site condition, building economics, spatial and technical performance, legislation) into a formal organisation of architectural ideas that may or may not represent the architect’s values, experience, or place and culture in which the project appears. Without subjectivity, the architect loses authority. An alternative narrative is that the motivation of the 21st Century architect and the source of his or her invention could be their particular ideals; social, political, cultural and artistic, that form the source material for an architecture of specificity through which a client’s and a community’s needs can be met.

The limited edition book also comes paired with the ABA tote bag.

 

Cost: £40

To purchase please send a request by clicking here

 

 

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CLADmag

Alison Brooks features as the cover article on CLADmag’s first issue of 2018.

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Alison Brooks features as the cover article on CLADmag’s first issue of 2018.

Following The Smile winning the Display Award at the 2017 World Architecture Festival in Berlin, Alison was interviewed on timber building, protecting the public realm and the unsung role of architects.

 

 

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CLAD
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If not us, then who?

Thu, 02/22/18 , 18:00
Great Room Auditorium, RSA
Great Room Auditorium, RSA (map)

Following Alison Brooks’ appointment as a Royal Designer for Industry, Alison will be this year’s speaker for the annual RSA Bossom event on the built environment and society on 22 February. [more..]

Following Alison Brooks’ appointment as a Royal Designer for Industry, Alison will be this year’s speaker for the annual RSA Bossom event on the built environment and society on 22 February. 

In her lecture, Alison will discuss architects’ duties to respond to the social, cultural and physical context in their work within a clearly stated set of values.

 

 

Thu, 02.22.18 , 18:00
Great Room Auditorium, RSA
Great Room Auditorium, RSA
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Great Room Auditorium, RSA (map)
Website
www.thersa.org
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The Plan – Did you say “wood”? The Smile

The Smile features in this month’s issue of The Plan on the technological innovation of it’s use of CLT panels.

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The Smile features in this month’s issue of The Plan on the technological innovation of it’s use of CLT panels.

The article looks at three very different projects illustrating the use of hardwood as a structural building material;  The Smile, Maggie’s Centre Oldham (dRMM Architects) and Warner Stand at Lords Cricket Ground (Populous).

“The Smile’s disarming simplicity conceals years of research into the cross-lamination of hardwood fibres and is the first structure built with industrial-sized panels of hardwood CLT” The Plan

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The Plan
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RIBA Gloucestershire: Guest Lecture with Alison Brooks

Thu, 01/25/18 , 17:30
Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral
Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral (map)

Alison has been invited by RIBA Gloucestershire to give a lecture on the theme ‘Taking Architecture out of the Straitjacket’ in January.

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Alison has been invited by RIBA Gloucestershire to give a lecture on the theme ‘Taking Architecture out of the Straitjacket’ in January.

The event will take place at Gloucester Cathedral and tickets are now available to purchase. Entry is free for RIBA members.

 

Thu, 01.25.18 , 17:30
Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral
Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral
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Where
Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral (map)
Website
www.eventbrite.co.uk
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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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Architectural Review: Women in Architecture

Alison Brooks Architects features in October’s Architectural Review among practices that have made a commitment to support and enable change through the Women in Architecture programme.

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Alison Brooks Architects features in October’s Architectural Review among practices that have made a commitment to support and enable change through the Women in Architecture programme.

“Alison Brooks Architects is delighted to sponsor the Women in Architecture programme as a partner. The programme has raised awareness of the often unrecognised contributions women have made to contemporary practice and historically; it has initiated a huge array of opportunities for women to meet and exchange ideas; and it has stimulated debate on workplace equality. All of this we hope will lead to industry change. The programme celebrates the achievements of women in the profession while reminding us that we can all change the status quo.

ABA has grown to a practice that’s 50 per cent female and more than 50 per cent international; we support all forms of diversity. We ensure women are equal in leading our project teams and encourage them to engage in events and discourse outside practice – to make their voices heard. We’re convinced that the practice of architecture must evolve and share the WIA programme’s broader aspiration to create an inclusive profession where there are no social or gender-based boundaries. This is an essential campaign not only for women’s equality, but the quality of the built environment and the future of architecture”

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Architectural Review
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Architects’ Data File: The Smile The Smile

The Smile forms the front cover of the September issue of the Architects’ Data File, in recognition of its nomination for the IStructE Structural Awards 2017.

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The Smile forms the front cover of the September issue of the Architects’ Data File, in recognition of its nomination for the IStructE Structural Awards 2017.

The timber pavilion has been shortlisted in the category for ‘Small Projects (of under £1million)’. ABA collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Arup, whose Special Structures team in London described the project as ‘the most complex piece of CLT engineering in the world’.

The IStructE awards celebrate the role of structural engineers as innovative, creative design professionals and to showcase the world’s cutting edge engineering projects. Winners will be announced at a ceremony held on Friday, 17 November 2017 at The Brewery in London.

 

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Architects' Data File
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