Talks & exhibitions

160921_riba-cornwall-lecture_falmouth-maritime-museum

RIBA and Cornwall Architectural Trust Lecture

Fri, 11/11/16
Falmouth Maritime Museum
Falmouth Maritime Museum (map)

Alison Brooks will deliver the 2016 RIBA and Cornwall Architectural Trust Lecture on 11th November at Falmouth Maritime Museum.

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Alison Brooks will deliver the 2016 RIBA and Cornwall Architectural Trust Lecture on 11th November at Falmouth Maritime Museum.

Fri, 11.11.16
Falmouth Maritime Museum
Falmouth Maritime Museum
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Where
Falmouth Maritime Museum (map)
Website
cornwallarchitecturaltrust.org
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160912_global-design-forum-masterclass

Masterclass at the V&A The Smile

Thu, 09/22/16 , 15:30
Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum (map)

Alison Brooks was in conversation with Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director at Arup and collaborator on The Smile, along with Andy Toohey, Partner at Price & Myers.

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Alison Brooks was in conversation with Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director at Arup and collaborator on The Smile, along with Andy Toohey, Partner at Price & Myers.

They discussed new kinds of urban building that are spatially and structurally inventive, contributing to the art of city-building.

The Global Design Forum is the London Design Festival’s annual programme of talks and discussions exploring the role of design in a sustainable and prosperous future.

Thu, 09.22.16 , 15:30
Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Where
Victoria & Albert Museum (map)
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Global Design Forum
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Alison Brooks Architects design landmark installation for London Design Festival 2016 The Smile

Fri, 09/16/16
Chelsea College of Arts
Chelsea College of Arts (map)

Alison Brooks Architects has collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October.

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Alison Brooks Architects has collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October.

Alison Brooks Architects has designed ‘The Smile’, an urban installation that showcases the structural and spatial potential of cross–laminated hardwood using American tulipwood. The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects; a timber structure that can be inhabited and explored by the public.

With expertise from top engineering firm Arup, and using construction sized panels of hardwood CLT for the first time, Alison Brooks’ concept is a spectacular 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long curved rectangular tube – the first ever hardwood ‘mega-tube’.

Alison Brooks says, “The Smile is a huge curved hollow tube made of cross-laminated tulipwood. It touches the ground at one point, like a wheel. Entering The Smile through an opening where the curved form meets the ground, the visitor can walk from end to end of the 34-metre-long tube to discover a new kind of space that gradually rises toward light. All four sides of The Smile’s interior will be made of same beautiful hardwood panels as the structure. It will offer a complete sensory experience of colour, texture, scent and sound. The Smile’s two open ends will illuminate the funnel-like interior space and act as balconies to the city.

Along the walls, perforations will allow sunlight to draw changing patterns on the floor throughout the day. The perforations will also give the visitor an understanding of how the structure performs as they’re located in positions where there are fewer structural stresses. At night the interior will be illuminated by linear light strips that trace its dynamic curving floor.”

For AHEC, The Smile is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development into structural timber innovation with Arup, and one that could broaden the use of CLT in the construction industry. Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director, Arup says, “The Smile is the most challenging structure ever constructed in CLT. Every aspect is pushed to the absolute limit. It really shows the potential for hardwoods in construction.”

This creation of a brand-new product and a new use of hardwood will transform the way architects and engineers approach timber construction.

“This structure proves that hardwoods have a role to play in the timber construction revolution,” says David Venables, European Director of AHEC. “All our previous LDF projects – Timber Wave, Out of the Woods, Endless Stair and The Wish List – have been significant projects.

“But The Smile, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, is the most significant advance because it will create the first-ever use of industrial-sized panels of hardwood CLT. These panels will be produced by Züblin Timber in Germany, one of the pioneers of this manufacturing process. They believe in the potential of tulipwood CLT as bringing a revolutionary new element to wood construction.”

Arup’s engineering team is working to derive the most efficient structural form, using only 60 cubic metres of wood to create a 150 square metre enclosed space. The forces of tension and compression working in the CLT walls will be expressed by perforations in its elevations. ABA has used these to generate patterns of light across The Smile’s interior spaces during the day, it will become an urban lantern at night.

“The Landmark Projects are a key part of the Festival’s commissioning programme. They are at a scale that gets noticed and are always in major public places reaching a very wide audience,” says Ben Evans, the Director of LDF. “The choice of architect is key and Alison Brooks Architects are known for their innovative use of materials. Alongside a strong commitment to ambitious ideas they made an ideal choice for this year’s Landmark project with AHEC.”

Fri, 09.16.16
Chelsea College of Arts
Chelsea College of Arts
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Where
Chelsea College of Arts (map)
Website
m.londondesignfestival.com
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160608_HDA seminar 2

HDA Seminar Ely Court Bronte & Fielding House Durham & Gloucester Court

Mon, 07/11/16 , 14:00
IET London: Savoy Place
IET London: Savoy Place (map)

Alison Brooks Architects will join South Kilburn Estate Regeneration collaborators Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Brent Council to speak at the Housing Design Award Seminar 2016: Beyond Housebuilding.

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Alison Brooks Architects will join South Kilburn Estate Regeneration collaborators Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Brent Council to speak at the Housing Design Award Seminar 2016: Beyond Housebuilding.

“Britain needs to build some 250,000 new homes each year, but business as usual can’t meet demand. Where else could the numbers come from?”

Tickets are now available for the annual Housing Design Awards seminar, featuring in-depth discussion of innovative approaches to housing procurement and design – from consumer responsive offsite production, to custom-build and co-housing, and local authority direct commissioning.

 

Mon, 07.11.16 , 14:00
IET London: Savoy Place
IET London: Savoy Place
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Where
IET London: Savoy Place (map)
Website
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La Biennale di Venezia Exhibition Ely Court City (e) State Bronte & Fielding House Durham & Gloucester Court

Sat, 05/28/16
Palazzo Mora
Palazzo Mora (map)

ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures. In the exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.

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ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures. In the exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.

The exhibition uncovers qualities found in Britain’s monumental urban housing estates, and how these have become synonymous with economic and social segregation. These are examined in relation to four specific urban paradigms found in a north London neighbourhood: 1890s suburb; 1960s modernist estate; contemporary masterplan; and intensified, ‘ideal’ future.

The practice considers housing design to be the most fundamental form of city-building, constituting urban form, civic space and community identity as well as the intimate space of dwelling. ABA’s own work in housing explores new typologies, identities and hybrid uses as vehicles for urban transformation.

“As catalysts for social diversity and inclusiveness, housing architecture can be reconceived as civic buildings of the everyday,” says Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of ABA. “A strategy of proactive council involvement as commissioners and stewards of urban design offers an alternative model for development to purely market-led regeneration.”

The Venice installation will include ABA’s ongoing work with the London Borough of Brent on the regeneration of South Kilburn Estate, one of north London’s largest modernist housing estates. Here, the Council is leading a 15 year masterplan to reintegrate the community, its architecture and public spaces into the fabric of the city. The Council’s plans new projects embed diversity, with a 50/50 mix of social and private housing. Ten London architects have been working in the regeneration including three competition winning schemes by Alison Brooks Architects.

“Our three South Kilburn projects – one complete, one under construction and one planned – recharge streets as a forum for public life framed by higher density, equitable housing. Our work supports the local authority’s renewed commitment to delivering long-term social and urban value.” says Brooks.

“Time Space Existence” at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, 28 May – 27 November 2016. Palazzo Mora, Str. Nuova, 3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy.

Sat, 05.28.16
Palazzo Mora
Palazzo Mora
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Where
Palazzo Mora (map)
Website
www.palazzobembo.org
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2016_Archigram

Quarterhouse to host Archigram Folkestone 2016 Quarterhouse

Sat, 06/11/16 , 18:00
Quarterhouse, Folkestone
Quarterhouse, Folkestone (map)

Sir Peter Cook and the surviving members of the original Archigram team will come together, 50 years on TO THE VERY DAY, to celebrate and recount the event that took place in Folkestone in 1966. The event will be held at ABA’s Folkestone Quarterhouse Performing Arts Centre.

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Sir Peter Cook and the surviving members of the original Archigram team will come together, 50 years on TO THE VERY DAY, to celebrate and recount the event that took place in Folkestone in 1966. The event will be held at ABA’s Folkestone Quarterhouse Performing Arts Centre.

Sat, 06.11.16 , 18:00
Quarterhouse, Folkestone
Quarterhouse, Folkestone
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Where
Quarterhouse, Folkestone (map)
Website
www.quarterhouse.co.uk
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RIBA
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160420_RIAS 2

Lecture: Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Centenary Convention

Fri, 05/13/16
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh (map)

Alison Brooks will speak at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Centenary Convention 2016.

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Alison Brooks will speak at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Centenary Convention 2016.

Hosted by RIAS President, Willie Watt, the RIAS Convention, the single most significant event in the Incorporation’s annual calendar, is also one of the largest architectural conferences in Europe. To mark the Incorporation’s centenary, this year’s event takes place in the RIAS’ place of birth, Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, within the territory covered by the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Fri, 05.13.16
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
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Where
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh (map)
Website
www.rias.org.uk
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2016_Blackheath Halls

Talk: The Richard Grierson Annual Lecture

Wed, 02/24/16 , 20:00
Blackheath Halls
Blackheath Halls (map)

Alison Brooks presented the Annual Richard Grierson Architecture Lecture at Blackheath Halls.

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Alison Brooks presented the Annual Richard Grierson Architecture Lecture at Blackheath Halls.

Wed, 02.24.16 , 20:00
Blackheath Halls
Blackheath Halls
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Where
Blackheath Halls (map)
Website
www.trinitylaban.ac.uk
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University-of-Brighton-logo

Talk: University of Brighton School of Architecture

Tue, 02/16/16
University of Brighton School of Architecture
University of Brighton School of Architecture (map)
Tue, 02.16.16
University of Brighton School of Architecture
University of Brighton School of Architecture
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Where
University of Brighton School of Architecture (map)
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160210_Turncoats 2

Debate: Turncoats – “The Gender Agenda”

Alison Brooks participated in the Turncoats debate series, which feature intense discussions of key topics facing architects in contemporary practice.

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Alison Brooks participated in the Turncoats debate series, which feature intense discussions of key topics facing architects in contemporary practice.

This discussion sought to reframe feminism in architecture.

When
Where
U+I (map)
Website
turncoats.uk
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151119_Mansion Block

NLA Breakfast Talk: New Ideas for Housing: The Modern Mansion Block Durham & Gloucester Court Ely Court Bronte & Fielding House

Fri, 11/20/15 , 8:00
NLA, The Building Centre
NLA, The Building Centre (map)

Alison Brooks gave a talk at New London Architecture about ABA’s reinvention of the mansion block typology in the regeneration of South Kilburn Estate.

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Alison Brooks gave a talk at New London Architecture about ABA’s reinvention of the mansion block typology in the regeneration of South Kilburn Estate.

What should the home of the future look like in a densely populated capital? This NLA breakfast talk will examine the historic London mansion block and how far this typology can be reinvented to create new higher-density homes that people aspire to live in.

Speakers: Claire Bennie, Rosemarie MacQueen (Consultant), Alex Lifschutz (Director, LDS) Stuart Corbyn (Chairman, Get Living London), Richard Lavington (Founding Director, Maccreanor Lavington) Alison Brooks (Creative Director, Alison Brooks Architects), Peter Murray (Chairman, New London Architecture)

Fri, 11.20.15 , 8:00
NLA, The Building Centre
NLA, The Building Centre
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Where
NLA, The Building Centre (map)
Website
www.newlondonarchitecture.org
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Exhibition: At Home

Mon, 11/16/15
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (map)

ABA’s work features in an exhibition at the Idea Exchange, titled At Home.

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ABA’s work features in an exhibition at the Idea Exchange, titled At Home.

Where we live and how we live deeply affects us. Basic shelter is a necessity but beyond this we need space that is liveable and durable, sustainable and resilient. At Home explores purpose designed and built individual and multi-unit buildings in urban and rural settings. The exhibition showcases outstanding architecture that has been awarded for its design in withstanding natural disasters as well as green and energy efficient urban and off the grid homes. New approaches to shared, co-op and live/work space are also highlighted in At Home.

Participating firms: Alison Brooks Architects (London, UK), Artscape (Toronto, ON), SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building (Toronto, ON), Teeple Architect Inc. (Toronto, ON), Ian MacDonald Architect Inc. (Toronto, ON).

Exhibition Curator: Esther E. Shipman

Mon, 11.16.15
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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Where
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (map)
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ideaexchange.org
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Alison Brooks Architects _ Audi Urban Future _ Kaleidoscope City Plan 3

Talk: Urbanistas – Women Innovators in Architecture Urban Design

Tue, 10/13/15 , 18:00
Northern Architecture Centre, Newcastle
Northern Architecture Centre, Newcastle (map)

Our cities aren’t just designed, they are systematised, planned, lived in, modified and in order to be resilient, need to be responsive.

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Our cities aren’t just designed, they are systematised, planned, lived in, modified and in order to be resilient, need to be responsive.

Alison Brooks spoke  alongside Alessandra Cianchetta, Irena Bauman, Johanna Gibbons, Liza Fior and Katherine Clarke in association with the Urbanistas exhibition, commissioned by Roca Gallery London, curated by Lucy Bullivant, and brought to Newcastle by Igloo Regeneration.

Tue, 10.13.15 , 18:00
Northern Architecture Centre, Newcastle
Northern Architecture Centre, Newcastle
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Where
Northern Architecture Centre, Newcastle (map)
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Alison Brooks Architects _ Lens House _  Photo Cladding Detail

Talk: The Future of Facades Lens House

Wed, 11/11/15 , 18:00
RIBA London
RIBA London (map)

Alison Brooks will present an evening lecture about Lens House, in association with Dupont Corian, who supplied the building’s groundbreaking cladding, which had never before been used as a facade material in the UK.

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Alison Brooks will present an evening lecture about Lens House, in association with Dupont Corian, who supplied the building’s groundbreaking cladding, which had never before been used as a facade material in the UK.

Wed, 11.11.15 , 18:00
RIBA London
RIBA London
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Where
RIBA London (map)
Website
buildinginnovations.dupont.com
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151005_NLA 1

Exhibition: NLA – New Ideas for Housing Ely Court Bronte & Fielding House

Thu, 10/15/15
The Building Centre
The Building Centre (map)

ABA are participating in New London Architecture’s New Housing Ideas exhibition, showing South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Phase 1a & Phase 2a.

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ABA are participating in New London Architecture’s New Housing Ideas exhibition, showing South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Phase 1a & Phase 2a.

Thu, 10.15.15
The Building Centre
The Building Centre
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Where
The Building Centre (map)
Website
newlondonarchitecture.org
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150916_Interni

Talk: Crafting Experience – A New Collegiate Architecture

Wed, 09/23/15 , 18:30
Natuzzi Italia
Natuzzi Italia (map)

Interni are presenting a series of events with leading voices in international architecture at Italian design flagship stores in London, in collaboration with ITA Italian Trade Agency and Salone del Mobile Milano. Alison Brooks gave a talk about ABA’s Cohen Quad at Exeter College, Oxford, which is currently under construction.

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Interni are presenting a series of events with leading voices in international architecture at Italian design flagship stores in London, in collaboration with ITA Italian Trade Agency and Salone del Mobile Milano. Alison Brooks gave a talk about ABA’s Cohen Quad at Exeter College, Oxford, which is currently under construction.

Other speakers in the series include David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects, Anthony Hudson of Hudson Architects, Lyndon Neri of Neri & Hu, and Clark Pickett of NBBJ.

Wed, 09.23.15 , 18:30
Natuzzi Italia
Natuzzi Italia
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Where
Natuzzi Italia (map)
Website
www.eventbrite.co.uk
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151012 _ URBANISTAS Newcastle

Exhibition: Urbanistas travels to Newcastle

Thu, 09/17/15
The Core, Newcastle
The Core, Newcastle (map)

Urbanistas is an exhibition celebrating innovative practice; in particular the vision and skills of six leading women practitioners working pro-actively in UK cities, in the fields of architecture, urban and landscape design and planning, reinventing how we design our urban environment and housing models to create beautiful, coherent, integrated and resilient cities.

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Urbanistas is an exhibition celebrating innovative practice; in particular the vision and skills of six leading women practitioners working pro-actively in UK cities, in the fields of architecture, urban and landscape design and planning, reinventing how we design our urban environment and housing models to create beautiful, coherent, integrated and resilient cities.

Alison Brooks. Alessandra Cianchetta. Irena Bauman. Johanna Gibbons. Liza Fior. Katherine Clarke.

Urbanistas exhibition was comissioned by Roca Gallery London, curated by Lucy Bullivant, and brought to Newcastle by Igloo Regeneration, The Core, Creative Space Management and Northern Architecture. Supported by RIBA North East.

Thu, 09.17.15
The Core, Newcastle
The Core, Newcastle
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Where
The Core, Newcastle (map)
Website
northernarchitecture.com
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2015_WAF

World Architectural Festival – Pre-Election Breakfast Talk

A panel of experts including Alison Brooks, Deyan Sudjic, Simon Jenkins, and Paul Morrell have urged the next government to make the UK’s housing shortage its top priority.

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A panel of experts including Alison Brooks, Deyan Sudjic, Simon Jenkins, and Paul Morrell have urged the next government to make the UK’s housing shortage its top priority.

‘Housing is the crisis of our time’, said Stirling Prize-winning architect Brooks at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) pre-election breakfast event last week.

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Website
www.architectsjournal.co.uk
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150511_Bronte & Fielding On Site 1

Debate: Architecture Club – ‘How Do We Make Enough Housing?’

Thu, 03/19/15
Shoreditch House
Shoreditch House

The subject of the debate was “How do we make enough housing?” and focussed on the issues of the delivery of housing to respond to the ever-growing needs of the capital and the nation as a whole.

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The subject of the debate was “How do we make enough housing?” and focussed on the issues of the delivery of housing to respond to the ever-growing needs of the capital and the nation as a whole.

The debate reinforced the need for the housing to be provided across the full spectrum of housing needs including private for sale and to rent, and affordable and intermediate. Alison Brooks addressed the issue from the architectural point of view, and explained the need for a broad vision in relation to the master plan and layout of new estates, and also emphasised the degree to which detailed design could reinforce the flexibility achievable in new homes where space was at a premium.

Thu, 03.19.15
Shoreditch House
Shoreditch House
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Where
Shoreditch House
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2015_Urbanistas 2

Talk: Urbanistas – Women in Urban Design

Thu, 04/30/15
Roca London
Roca London

This event examined how a ‘soft planning’ approach works, giving attention to ecology, climate, landscaping and lighting, beyond permanent, ‘hard’ design; and also explore the process of valuing and building on history and the existing conditions of a community.

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This event examined how a ‘soft planning’ approach works, giving attention to ecology, climate, landscaping and lighting, beyond permanent, ‘hard’ design; and also explore the process of valuing and building on history and the existing conditions of a community.

Exhibitors Alison Brooks, Alessandra Cianchetta and Liza Fior discuss with exhibition curator Lucy Bullivant.

Thu, 04.30.15
Roca London
Roca London
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Where
Roca London
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