Our fourth and final episode from the NZIA's Insitu 2017 Conference is a doozy - we speak in depth with UK architect and Stirling Prize winner Alison Brooks. It's a great chat, featuring her case for beauty in architecture "The role of architects & architecture is to allow people to live beautiful lives in beautiful places" http://www.alisonbrooksarchitects.com//
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Award-winning architect Alison Brooks speaks about architects’ duties to respond to the social, cultural and physical context in their work.
Pioneering architect Alison Brooks believes in the transformative social role of architecture, and has led new design thinking, in particular on housing and urban design. Committed to design responsive to people and place, Alison creates environments that are at the very heart of inclusive cities and communities.
This event was recorded live at The RSA on Thursday 22nd February 2018. Discover more about this event here: https://www.thersa.org/events/2018/2/if-not-us-then-who
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Lecture date: 2013-12-11
Alison Brooks is Founding Director of the award-winning office, Alison Brooks Architects. In 2012, Alison Brooks/ABA won both the Housing Architect of the Year and Architect of the Year Gold Award. The firm is also the first British architectural practice to have won the UK’s three most prestigious awards for architecture: the Stirling Prize for Accordia Cambridge, the Manser Medal for Salt House and the Stephen Lawrence Prize for Wrap House.
Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects explains the dichotomy of a masterplan that dictated a fairly traditional street layout with green, shared spaces and surfaces with the challenge of incorporating a Dutch-style model of higher-density courtyard living on small footprints. The mark of success for Brooks is the enthusiasm with which residents have embraced the contemporary ethos of the project by decorating in bright modern styles.
This symposium considers discourse on contemporary issues of design practice in two parts: the external pressures of economic, environmental, and political systems, and internal forces of tools, techniques, and strategies for design. Addressing the multifaceted nature of the profession, we will explore themes for the design of practice, such as work and labor, tools and technology, and ethics and agency. The symposium highlights potential avenues for the growth and constitution of practice, as well as the issues currently at stake within the profession. The following discussions confront pressing questions regarding the shifting responsibilities of design practice, and the future of practice itself.
This symposium is generously sponsored by the Carl M. Sapers Ethics in Practice Fund, and co-hosted by the GSD Practice Platform and the Department of Architecture.
Panelists: Aaron Cayer, Neena Verma, Jesse Keenan, Alison Brooks, Eduard Sancho Pou, Sawako Kaijima, Randy Deutsch, Robert Pietrusko
Moderators: Mark Lee, Grace La
London-based Canadian architect Alison Brooks looks at the current state of architecture from a European perspective and questions what is going on -- Brooks contends that the field gains new relevance and formats, typologies, and hybrids as the continent's design culture continues to evolve from the dogma of 20th-Century Modernism into more pluralistic practices -- ones that include social anthropology, relationships and networks, and politics and iconography. She will describe how these notions have informed Alison Brooks Architects' work in urbanism and the arts, including her Folkstone Performing Arts Centre and plans for a third quadrangle for Exeter College at the University of Oxford, scheduled for completion for the college's 700-year anniversary in 2014.
On November 21, 2018, Alison Brooks and Brigitte Shim discussed, from the perspectives of both London and Toronto, the critical role of housing in framing our collective urban experience, and at the same time, the intimate spaces of dwelling. They explored the ways in which housing architecture negotiates the relationship between the individual and the collective.
Within this theme Alison discussed ‘ReCasting,’ her practice’s installation at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. ReCasting simulates the freespaces embedded in ABA’s housing architecture as four inhabitable ‘totems’: Threshold, Inhabited Edge, Passage, and Roofspace.
Alison Brooks, Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects, is one of the leading architects of her generation. She has developed an international reputation for a multi-award winning body of work since founding the practice in 1996. Born in Ontario, Canada in 1962, she moved to London in 1988 after graduating with a BES and BArch from the University of Waterloo.
Brigitte Shim is a Professor at the Daniels Faculty and principal at Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. She has been teaching at the Daniels Faculty since 1988, and has overseen core design studios, advanced design studios, thesis studios, and courses in the history and theory of landscape architecture. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Shim graduated from the University of Waterloo with degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture.
For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca
Alison Brooks has recently completed Oxford’s newest academic building, the Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College. She will discuss this project and her design methodology that transforms archetypal social, pedagogical and architectural ‘models’ into new tectonic and spatial paradigms. Her current installation at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale distills this practice as a sensorial model of her built work.