Ely Court: Alison Brooks in conversation with Yẹmí Aládérun & Zoë Berman

Completed in 2015 as one part of Brent Council’s 15-year-long regeneration masterplan, Alison Brooks’ Ely Court rehouses South Kilburn Estate’s existing tenants in a subtle series of urban blocks. Recalling the block and street pattern that characterised the archetypal 19th century London suburb, a reinstated mews street draws pedestrians into the middle of the shared block. A previously isolated and under-used green space between the post-war slab blocks is reimagined as a new garden square. In a conversation hosted by Part W members Yẹmí Aládérun (Meridian Water) & Zoë Berman (Studio Berman), Alison discusses her unique approach to housing design.

Yẹmí Aládérun is an architect and Development Manager at Meridian Water for Enfield Council. She is an advocate for education, income & housing equality and is extremely passionate about social mobility and broadening access to the built environment. Yẹmí is an ambassador for The Architects Benevolent Society, co-founder of the PARADIGM Network, core team member of Part W and a non-executive board member of Women’s Pioneer Housing association. Yẹmí was selected as one the UK’s next generation of boundary-pushing designers and innovators by the Architect’s Journal in its 40 under 40 cohort for 2020.

Zoë Berman is an architect, university lecturer, Director of Studio Berman and Founder of Part W – an action group formed in 2018 that campaigns for gender equity across the built environment sector. Zoë has lectured extensively on design and equality, and written for the RIBA Journal, Blueprint magazine and Architecture Today. Zoë is writing a book profiling women who are shaping the design of cities.

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