Monthly Archives: May 2023

Reconceptualizing Urban Housing at the Venice Biennale 2023

ABA work is on show at the Palazzo Mora in Venice as part of the Reconceptualizing Urban Housing exhibition. Organized by the ECC and curated by Canadian architect Heather Dubbeldam, the exhibition brings together a group of women-led practices from around the world presenting new housing models that redefine what collective housing can be and how it can support liveability for its inhabitants. The exhibition features our projects Unity Place, London and Quayside, Toronto.

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ABA work is on show at the Palazzo Mora in Venice as part of the Reconceptualizing Urban Housing exhibition. Organized by the ECC and curated by Canadian architect Heather Dubbeldam, the exhibition brings together a group of women-led practices from around the world presenting new housing models that redefine what collective housing can be and how it can support liveability for its inhabitants. The exhibition features our projects Unity Place, London and Quayside, Toronto.

Participants:

Alison Brooks Architects, UK

Adengo Architecture, Uganda

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Canada

Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, France

Eleena Jamil Architect, Malaysia

Fernanda Canales Arquitectura, Mexico

Studio Gang, USA

Meyer-Grohbruegge, Germany

Mecanoo, Netherlands

The exhibition will be on from May 20 to November 26, 2023 at Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy.

Visit the exhibition’s website here.

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Unity Place wins Best Residential Scheme at the Brent Design Awards 2023 Unity Place

Unity Place won the Best Residential Scheme at the inaugural Brent Design Awards 2023. The awards aim to shine light on the most exceptional and innovative buildings and open spaces that have had a positive impact on the London Borough of Brent’s communities.

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Unity Place won the Best Residential Scheme at the inaugural Brent Design Awards 2023. The awards aim to shine light on the most exceptional and innovative buildings and open spaces that have had a positive impact on the London Borough of Brent’s communities.

‘Residents deserve great places to live and work, a nd high-quality design can help us achieve this.’ – Councillor Shama Tatler, Chair of the Judging Panel and Cabinet Member for Regeneration Planning and Growth. 

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Unity Place featured in new Architecture Foundation book, ‘At Home in London: The Mansion Block’ Unity Place

Our award-winning project Unity Place has been featured in the most recent Architecture Foundation book, ‘At Home in London: The Mansion Block’, exploring the history and evolution of the iconic London typology through 27 significant projects.

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Our award-winning project Unity Place has been featured in the most recent Architecture Foundation book, ‘At Home in London: The Mansion Block’, exploring the history and evolution of the iconic London typology through 27 significant projects.

Co-published with Mack Books, the publication explores the history and evolution of the London mansion block from the 1850s to the present day through 27 significant projects. Urban historian Karin Templin has edited the publication to offer a detailed encounter with the type and its role in defining the contemporary city.

Alison Brooks Architects first explored the mansion block as a typology back in 2010 with Ely Court, the first one of three projects for Brent Council in South Kilburn. As a strategy to restore the human scale and character of South Kilburn, our three modern mansion blocks follow six key principles from the type:

– Open ended bar buildings
– Frequent street facing communal entrances
– Two dwellings per floor/ per stair & lift core
– 100% dual aspect dwellings
– High ceilings and generous proportions
– Articulated roofscapes

View or purchase the book here.

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