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Toronto Quayside Development Agreement

Waterfront Toronto and Quayside Impact confirmed an agreement to develop the Quayside site this December.

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Waterfront Toronto and Quayside Impact confirmed an agreement to develop the Quayside site this December.

This announcement follows the competition success of Quayside Impact’s team earlier this year featuring Adjaye Associates, Henning Larsen and Alison Brooks Architects.

Co-leading a talented international team, we hope to transform the area into a vibrant new ecologically minded community. Our Western Curve Tower is the cornerstone to the masterplan’s design, featuring innovative balconies that will promote extensive planting.

The development will offer:

  • 800+ Units of affordable housing
  • 3.5 Acres of connective green public space
  • Low carbon design; mass timber structures

Read Waterfront Toronto’s full announcement here.

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Madame Architect Interview

This December Alison Brooks was interviewed by Julia Gamolina, the founder of Madame Architect.

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This December Alison Brooks was interviewed by Julia Gamolina, the founder of Madame Architect.

“We need more women creating the built environment, creating the cities in which we live. We need to inspire more young girls and women to be the makers of our world.”

To read the full interview, click here.

 

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IE University Guest Lecture

In November, Alison Brooks travelled to IE university to present her works to graduate students, placing an emphasis on sustainable, context-driven design.

 

In November, Alison Brooks travelled to IE university to present her works to graduate students, placing an emphasis on sustainable, context-driven design.

 

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Siza Talks 2022

Wed, 11/16/22
Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal
Alison Brooks participated in The Álvaro Siza Talks 2022 last week, speaking at the Auditório de Serralves in Porto alongside international architecture and design talent.

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Alison Brooks participated in The Álvaro Siza Talks 2022 last week, speaking at the Auditório de Serralves in Porto alongside international architecture and design talent.

The theme proposed for this year’s edition of the Talks, “Conversations with Time”, explored the role of the passage of time in the design process and life of buildings.
International design talents such as David Chipperfield, Carla Juaçaba, Momoyo Kaijima, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, João Mendes Ribeiro and José María Sánchez García presented their work at the event.
Wed, 11.16.22
Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
Website
www.serralves.pt
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Alison Brooks Features at the Monterey Design Conference

Headlining alongside an impressive list of international design talents, Alison Brooks featured as a keynote speaker in Monterey, California for CAIA’s famed Monterey Design Conference.

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Headlining alongside an impressive list of international design talents, Alison Brooks featured as a keynote speaker in Monterey, California for CAIA’s famed Monterey Design Conference.

Learn more about the event and speakers by clicking here.

 

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Opening Keynote Speech ‘Transformations’ Cadence Exeter College Cohen Quad

Fri, 09/30/22
Samsung KX
Samsung KX

Alison Brooks spoke for the American Institute of Architects, kicking off a 3-day conference focused on London, King’s Cross and its transformations since the last AIA London Conference in 2014.

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Alison Brooks spoke for the American Institute of Architects, kicking off a 3-day conference focused on London, King’s Cross and its transformations since the last AIA London Conference in 2014.

Alison Brooks presented her work with a talk entitled ‘Context in Architecture.’ Cadence, Cohen Quad and the LSE Global Hub design proposal were all covered as case studies.

Fri, 09.30.22
Samsung KX
Samsung KX
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Where
Samsung KX
Website
www.aiauk.org
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“A Genuine Evolution of the Collegiate Tradition.” Exeter College Cohen Quad

Ben Flatman of BD praised the Exeter College Cohen Quad in his recent building study, stating that, “(the) Cohen Quad is a living manifestation of what the contemporary, inclusive, Oxford college has become.”

To read the full commendatory article, click here.

Ben Flatman of BD praised the Exeter College Cohen Quad in his recent building study, stating that, “(the) Cohen Quad is a living manifestation of what the contemporary, inclusive, Oxford college has become.”

To read the full commendatory article, click here.

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Unity Place Shortlisted for Four Design Excellence Awards Unity Place

Our 100% social housing project completed for Brent Council last year, Unity Place has been shortlisted for an NLA award, a WAF award, an AJ award and a Housing Design award.

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Our 100% social housing project completed for Brent Council last year, Unity Place has been shortlisted for an NLA award, a WAF award, an AJ award and a Housing Design award.

With collaborators Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Gort Scott, the fully barrier-free scheme has transformed the South Kilburn Estate through providing bright, robust and spacious apartments for all tenants.

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Shortlisted London School of Economics Design Proposal Revealed London School of Economics Global Hub

We are pleased to reveal our design for the LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub and Institute for Africa. Collaborating with Nigerian practice Studio Contra, Alison Brooks Architects were one of six finalists chosen to prepare designs from 190 international submissions.

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We are pleased to reveal our design for the LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub and Institute for Africa. Collaborating with Nigerian practice Studio Contra, Alison Brooks Architects were one of six finalists chosen to prepare designs from 190 international submissions.

Our proposal aims to express the cultural, economic and environmental significance of Africa on one of London’s most prominent civic stages, Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

These readings underpin our primary urban approach: subtly curved symmetrical facades that embrace their context, sculpted terra cotta cladding that echoes clay-based architectural traditions, and stepped massing, emphasizing rootedness and heft.

 

 

 

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Green Light for Lot 4 Lot 4

Planning permission has been granted for the 88 unit, mixed typology ‘Lot 4’, our latest addition to the Eddington, Cambridge master plan.

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Planning permission has been granted for the 88 unit, mixed typology ‘Lot 4’, our latest addition to the Eddington, Cambridge master plan.

Our architectural approach takes inspiration from the eclectic collegiate clusters around Cambridge, where varying but related architectural styles lie in harmony. Responding to the neighbourhood with new colour, detail and massing, a range of tenures and typologies is envisaged to support a diverse and engaged community.

Visit the project page here.

 

 

 

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Mass Timber Planning Permission Success Homerton College

Planning permission has been granted for our net zero carbon Homerton College, Cambridge Entrance Building.

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Planning permission has been granted for our net zero carbon Homerton College, Cambridge Entrance Building.

Alison Brooks Architects’ scheme is inspired by the Homerton College campus, its architectural eclecticism and its Arts & Crafts legacy. In the tradition of the Arts & Crafts house, a sheltering and protective Verandah makes a clear gesture of welcome toward the Hills Road approach.

Key to our design is an expressed timber frame and its inherent sequestered carbon. Timber proved appropriate for this pavilion-like entrance building; limited beam spans lead to a very rational structural grid and a pure overall form. Glulam columns, beams and ribbed CLT floorplates will create an environment of primarily warm, natural materials that will enhance this building’s acoustic, tactile and olfactory qualities.

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Biennale Meets ROMA

Fri, 06/3/22
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany

The ‘Home Ground’ installation will be exhibited at the ROMA KG campus in Burgau, Germany until November.

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The ‘Home Ground’ installation will be exhibited at the ROMA KG campus in Burgau, Germany until November.

We are glad to be featured in this exhibition alongside models by Peter Pichler Architecture, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Storia Na Lugar, LOVE Architecture, Kozo Kadowaki, Enlace Arquitectura, Daniel López-Pérez, and Reiser + Umemoto.

Fri, 06.3.22
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
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ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
Website
roma-campus.de
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