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Alison Brooks interview on BBC World Service The Smile

Alison Brooks spoke about The Smile to Vincent Dowd, Arts Correspondent of the BBC World Service on World Update at 10:06am on Friday 23.09.16.

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Alison Brooks spoke about The Smile to Vincent Dowd, Arts Correspondent of the BBC World Service on World Update at 10:06am on Friday 23.09.16.

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BBC World Update
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CNC The Smile

Chinese news channel CNC featured an interview of the Smile, accompanied by an interview with Alison Brooks.

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Chinese news channel CNC featured an interview of the Smile, accompanied by an interview with Alison Brooks.

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CNC
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Architects’ Journal The Smile

“Dubbed ’the most complex CLT structure ever built’, Alison Brooks and Arup present a 34m-long ’smile’ made of Tulipwood in the parade ground of Chelsea College, behind Tate Britain. ’It looks like high-quality flooring,’ says Brooks, ’too good to be structural — and that’s kind of amazing.’”

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“Dubbed ’the most complex CLT structure ever built’, Alison Brooks and Arup present a 34m-long ’smile’ made of Tulipwood in the parade ground of Chelsea College, behind Tate Britain. ’It looks like high-quality flooring,’ says Brooks, ’too good to be structural — and that’s kind of amazing.’”

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Architects' Journal
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OnOffice The Smile

“The Smile installation by Alison Brooks Architects and Arup is more than just an appealing structure – it’s producing data on hardwood use.”

“The Smile installation by Alison Brooks Architects and Arup is more than just an appealing structure – it’s producing data on hardwood use.”

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Londonist The Smile

“In the square outside Chelsea College of Arts, and across the road from Tate Modern, is a giant wooden ‘smile’ by Alison Brooks’ Architects. Visitors can walk inside and up the curved sides. The design is beautiful in its simplicity and the way natural light flows in. Exploring it definitely made us smile.”

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“In the square outside Chelsea College of Arts, and across the road from Tate Modern, is a giant wooden ‘smile’ by Alison Brooks’ Architects. Visitors can walk inside and up the curved sides. The design is beautiful in its simplicity and the way natural light flows in. Exploring it definitely made us smile.”

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Londonist
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Time Out The Smile

“This mighty hardwood structure is one of the landmark installations for this year’s London Design Festival. It’s been created by architect Alison Brooks, and despite the giant, curved structure looking like it should start rocking at any minute, the piece is designed to be entirely motionless. Visitors can step inside the ‘weightless funnel of space’ to discover an interior dappled with sunlight due to the perforations in the wooden walls, before it turns into a lantern like structure at night.”

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“This mighty hardwood structure is one of the landmark installations for this year’s London Design Festival. It’s been created by architect Alison Brooks, and despite the giant, curved structure looking like it should start rocking at any minute, the piece is designed to be entirely motionless. Visitors can step inside the ‘weightless funnel of space’ to discover an interior dappled with sunlight due to the perforations in the wooden walls, before it turns into a lantern like structure at night.”

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Time Out
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Inhabitat The Smile

“Visitors to the London Design Festival can experience an unusual curved building called The Smile. Designed by Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects, the sloping structure demonstrates the potential of CLT, which Brooks says is “stronger than concrete.””

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“Visitors to the London Design Festival can experience an unusual curved building called The Smile. Designed by Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects, the sloping structure demonstrates the potential of CLT, which Brooks says is “stronger than concrete.””

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Inhabitat
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Canadian Architect The Smile

“For AHEC, The Smile is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development into structural timber innovation with Arup, and one that could broaden the use of CLT in the construction industry. Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director, Arup says, “The Smile is the most challenging structure ever constructed in CLT. Every aspect is pushed to the absolute limit. It really shows the potential for hardwoods in construction.”

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“For AHEC, The Smile is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development into structural timber innovation with Arup, and one that could broaden the use of CLT in the construction industry. Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director, Arup says, “The Smile is the most challenging structure ever constructed in CLT. Every aspect is pushed to the absolute limit. It really shows the potential for hardwoods in construction.”

This creation of a brand-new product and a new use of hardwood will transform the way architects and engineers approach timber construction.”

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Canadian Architect
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CNN The Smile

“The Smile, designed by architect Alison Brooks, is the most complex structure ever to be made out of cross-laminated timber”

“If the 19th century belonged to iron and steel and the 20th century belonged to concrete, could timber be the building material of our age?”

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“The Smile, designed by architect Alison Brooks, is the most complex structure ever to be made out of cross-laminated timber”

“If the 19th century belonged to iron and steel and the 20th century belonged to concrete, could timber be the building material of our age?”

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CNN
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CNN

The Smile featured as the headline image of CNN’s illustrated guide to the London Design Festival 2016.

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The Smile featured as the headline image of CNN’s illustrated guide to the London Design Festival 2016.

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CNN
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Divisare The Smile

Italian website Divisare featured Alison Brooks Architects’ installation, The Smile – a collaboration with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival.

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Italian website Divisare featured Alison Brooks Architects’ installation, The Smile – a collaboration with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival.

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Divisare
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BBC Radio London The Smile

Alison Brooks was interviewed on this BBC Radio London programme about LDF landmark project, The Smile. In the link below, she begins speaking at 02:06:54.

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Alison Brooks was interviewed on this BBC Radio London programme about LDF landmark project, The Smile. In the link below, she begins speaking at 02:06:54.

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BBC Radio London
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The Spaces The Smile

“Before this week, few people truly believed you could use hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT) to support an entire habitable building – not least the construction business. That’s why ‘The Smile’, on view in the courtyard of the Chelsea College of Art until mid-October, has become a landmark project for the London Design Festival.”

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“Before this week, few people truly believed you could use hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT) to support an entire habitable building – not least the construction business. That’s why ‘The Smile’, on view in the courtyard of the Chelsea College of Art until mid-October, has become a landmark project for the London Design Festival.”

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The Spaces
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Designboom The Smile

“alison brooks architects’ ‘the smile’ installation is an attractive and interactive landmark monument for the 2016 london design festival. together with the american hardwood export council (AHEC) and arup, the collaboration has resulted in a spectacularly curved, tubular structure made from cross-laminated tulipwood (CLT). on display from the 17th september to 12th october, designboom was present for the preview opening of the festival’s highlight project.”

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“alison brooks architects’ ‘the smile’ installation is an attractive and interactive landmark monument for the 2016 london design festival. together with the american hardwood export council (AHEC) and arup, the collaboration has resulted in a spectacularly curved, tubular structure made from cross-laminated tulipwood (CLT). on display from the 17th september to 12th october, designboom was present for the preview opening of the festival’s highlight project.”

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Designboom
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Casabella The Smile

“Architect Alison Brooks’ Landmark Project for the London Design Festival could be described as an unidentified flying object: a 34m long, 3m high upside down arc poised on the urban horizon. Her project is also a spectacular urban pavilion that takes the shape of a Smile.”

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“Architect Alison Brooks’ Landmark Project for the London Design Festival could be described as an unidentified flying object: a 34m long, 3m high upside down arc poised on the urban horizon. Her project is also a spectacular urban pavilion that takes the shape of a Smile.”

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Casabella
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BD The Smile

ABA’s The Smile was profiled in an article entitled ‘Is hardwood the future of timber construction?’

“As Alison Brooks Architects’ gravity-defying installation at the London Design Festival shows off the structural benefits of cross-laminated hardwood, Amanda Birch examines the growing uptake of CLT solutions”

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ABA’s The Smile was profiled in an article entitled ‘Is hardwood the future of timber construction?’

“As Alison Brooks Architects’ gravity-defying installation at the London Design Festival shows off the structural benefits of cross-laminated hardwood, Amanda Birch examines the growing uptake of CLT solutions”

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bdonline
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Dezeen The Smile

“According to Arup engineer Andrew Lawrence… “The Smile is the most complex CLT structure that has ever been built,””

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“According to Arup engineer Andrew Lawrence… “The Smile is the most complex CLT structure that has ever been built,””

“”Not only does it have a double cantilever, but the entrance door is placed right at the centre where the stresses are highest. You’re effectively looking at two 15-metre cantilevers,” he continued. If you turned the structure vertically and added the weight of 60 visitors at one end, it’s equivalent to the core stabilising a five-storey building. Nobody has ever built a core that slender in timber.””

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Dezeen
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Elle Decoration The Smile

“At Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Millbank, you’ll find this extraordinary 36-metre-long ‘megatube’ installation by architect Alison Brooks. Despite only balancing on a single point, the curved structure is safe to stroll along. At night, it will be lit from within, with its glow bright enough to be seen from across the River Thames.”

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“At Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Millbank, you’ll find this extraordinary 36-metre-long ‘megatube’ installation by architect Alison Brooks. Despite only balancing on a single point, the curved structure is safe to stroll along. At night, it will be lit from within, with its glow bright enough to be seen from across the River Thames.”

Elle Decoration featured The Smile in its highlights of the London Design Festival 2016.

The Smile is a collaboration between Alison Brooks Architects, The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival. It is a cross-laminated tulipwood structure that will be on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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Hindustan Times The Smile

“Canadian artist Alison Brooks has designed a huge wooden structure called “The Smile” for London Design Week, located in the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts.

This unusual urban object is, in fact, an arc-shaped 34-meter long and 3-meter high pavilion with open ends that flood the inside with light. Visitors can even take a stroll inside.”

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“Canadian artist Alison Brooks has designed a huge wooden structure called “The Smile” for London Design Week, located in the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts.

This unusual urban object is, in fact, an arc-shaped 34-meter long and 3-meter high pavilion with open ends that flood the inside with light. Visitors can even take a stroll inside.”

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Hindustan Times
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Metro The Smile

The Metro newspaper featured Alison Brooks Architects’ landmark LDF project, the Smile, as their top highlight for the London Design Festival.

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The Metro newspaper featured Alison Brooks Architects’ landmark LDF project, the Smile, as their top highlight for the London Design Festival.

The Smile is a collaboration between Alison Brooks Architects and The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival. It is a cross-laminated tulipwood structure that will be on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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