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Boston Architecture Expo: ABX 2017

Wed, 11/8/17 , 10:00
Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre
Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre

Alison Brooks has been invited by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the first female-owned US practice to win the AIA Architecture Firm Award to take part in a panel discussion alongside Mexican Architect, Rozana Montiel. The discussion will address the  extraordinary achievements of female architects in the UK, Europe, North and South America and their strategies to achieve parity in the profession.

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Alison Brooks has been invited by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the first female-owned US practice to win the AIA Architecture Firm Award to take part in a panel discussion alongside Mexican Architect, Rozana Montiel. The discussion will address the  extraordinary achievements of female architects in the UK, Europe, North and South America and their strategies to achieve parity in the profession.

ABX is the leading design and construction event in New England, bringing the industry together to share information, skills and resources. Attendees explore design trends and discover new technologies and products – this year with an added emphasis on sustainability.

Wed, 11.8.17 , 10:00
Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre
Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre
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abexpo.com
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Festival of the Future City Bath: Preserving Utopia

Fri, 10/20/17 , 13.00
University of Bath
University of Bath

Alison Brooks will join a prestigious panel at the Festival of the Future City of Bath to discuss how Bath could evolve in the 21st century and how the city can preserve its UNESCO World Heritage status through new architecture, new infrastructure and welcome new populations.

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Alison Brooks will join a prestigious panel at the Festival of the Future City of Bath to discuss how Bath could evolve in the 21st century and how the city can preserve its UNESCO World Heritage status through new architecture, new infrastructure and welcome new populations.

Alison will be in conversation with Henrietta Billings, Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, who leads campaigns to preserve Britain’s historical environment and Tanvir Hasan, deputy chair of Donald Insall Associates. The event will be chaired by Elena Marco, a passionate Bath resident and Head of Architecture and the Built Environment at UWE.

The first in its series, The Festival of the Future of the City Bath is a three day festival of lectures, discussions, panels, pop up pavilions, walks, family events and more, exploring urban development in the 21st-century. Festival themes include housing, the artist & the city and what makes architecture great.

Fri, 10.20.17 , 13.00
University of Bath
University of Bath
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University of Bath
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www.edgearts.org
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The Smile makes Blueprint shortlist The Smile

The Smile has been selected in the Small Projects category, with winners announced at Bankside Vaults in London on 19 October.

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The Smile has been selected in the Small Projects category, with winners announced at Bankside Vaults in London on 19 October.

Designed for the London Design Festival 2016 through a collaboration between Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the timber pavilion showcased the structural and spatial potential of cross-laminated American tulipwood.

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Blueprint Awards
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RIAI Annual Conference 2017: Challenge, Change, Collaboration

Fri, 10/6/17
RDS Main Hall, Dublin
RDS Main Hall, Dublin (map)

Alison Brooks will be a keynote speaker this year’s RIAI Annual Conference alongside award-winning Irish journalist Fintan O’Toole, discussing themes of Challenge, Change and Collaboration in architecture.

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Alison Brooks will be a keynote speaker this year’s RIAI Annual Conference alongside award-winning Irish journalist Fintan O’Toole, discussing themes of Challenge, Change and Collaboration in architecture.

The Conference will be Ireland’s ‘biggest architectural gathering of the year and an important forum to meet, debate and launch new ideas’. It will run in parallel with the Architecture and Building Expo.

Fri, 10.6.17
RDS Main Hall, Dublin
RDS Main Hall, Dublin
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RDS Main Hall, Dublin (map)
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Cohen Quad: Oxford Open Doors Exeter College Cohen Quad

Exeter College Cohen Quad welcomed the public as part of the Oxford Preservation Trust’s Open Doors event. The weekend began with a talk by Alison Brooks on ‘Future Heritage: Collegiate Architecture for the 21st Century’, where she shared the design approach behind the newest building to emerge on the city skyline.

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Exeter College Cohen Quad welcomed the public as part of the Oxford Preservation Trust’s Open Doors event. The weekend began with a talk by Alison Brooks on ‘Future Heritage: Collegiate Architecture for the 21st Century’, where she shared the design approach behind the newest building to emerge on the city skyline.

The College has described the Cohen Quad as ‘a reinterpretation of the traditional collegiate quadrangle, with a hub for social learning at its heart. Drawing on the history of Exeter College, Ruskin College and the needs of 21st century scholars, ABA have delivered a building that is stunning, uplifting, and inspiring.”

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The Smile shortlisted for IStructE Award The Smile

The Smile has been selected in the category for ‘Small Projects (of under £1million)’. ABA collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Arup, whose Special Structures team in London described the project as ‘the most complex piece of CLT engineering in the world’.

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The Smile has been selected in the category for ‘Small Projects (of under £1million)’. ABA collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Arup, whose Special Structures team in London described the project as ‘the most complex piece of CLT engineering in the world’.

The IStructE awards celebrate the role of structural engineers as innovative, creative design professionals and to showcase the world’s cutting edge engineering projects.

“The Smile represents the first use of large Tulipwood hardwood cross laminated timber (CLT) panels and has received worldwide acclaim for its effortless combination of structure and architecture. It was described as the happy face of the timber construction revolution and the centrepiece of the 2016 London Design Festival.

The Smile is 34m long, incorporating two 12m cantilevers – each designed to carry up to 60 people. In terms of structural demand, the Smile is similar to the cantilevering core stabilising a 4-storey building, and it resists torsional distortion effects in the same manner as a box girder bridge.”

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2017 IStructE Awards
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The Smile shortlisted for 2017 Wood Awards The Smile

The Smile has been selected in the ‘Small Project’ category, among 34 projects that ‘represent the best of British architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material’.[more..]

The Smile has been selected in the ‘Small Project’ category, among 34 projects that ‘represent the best of British architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material’.

The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Conceived as a habitable arc, The Smile was a 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long curved cross-laminated tulipwood tube that cantilevered 12m in two directions with viewing platforms at both ends. ABA collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and the London Design Festival 2016 to present the structure at the Chelsea College of Art Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.

The shortlist will be on display at the London Design Fair, 21-24 September at the Old Truman Brewery.

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2017 Wood Awards
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Bath Western Riverside wins Civic Voice Award Bath Western Riverside

The judges said: “This is a stunning housing development which provides an interesting contemporary take on a proud local identity.”

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The judges said: “This is a stunning housing development which provides an interesting contemporary take on a proud local identity.”

“It is good to see something new and intelligent in the housing sector, particularly within a World Heritage Site, and demonstrates to other developers that high quality housing can be achieved and you can be bold in a historic setting.”

Catalogue of winners

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Civic Voice
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Alison Brooks Architects celebrates 21 years! ABA 21

We were delighted to have so many of our friends, clients and colleagues join our 21 year celebration at Somerset House.

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We were delighted to have so many of our friends, clients and colleagues join our 21 year celebration at Somerset House.


The event included a public talk and exhibition of Alison Brooks Architects’ work over 21 years of practice. Mixing digital media with physical artefacts, we brought together over 100 models, 3000 images and key texts in a 50 minute looped video installation.

We also launched a limited edition catalogue ‘Ideals, then Ideas’ to accompany the celebration. This book describes our work within the conceptual themes and four ideals that have underpinned our work in architecture: Authenticity, Generosity, Civicness and Beauty.

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