Alison Brooks, London and Brigitte Shim, Toronto

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.

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