Talks & exhibitions

Context is Everything: An Online Conversation between Alison Brooks and Kim Colin

Alison Brooks is speaking with Kim Colin in the new episode of RDInsights ― a series of one-to-one online conversations with world-leading designers and innovators.

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Alison Brooks is speaking with Kim Colin in the new episode of RDInsights ― a series of one-to-one online conversations with world-leading designers and innovators.

Alison Brooks and Kim Colin are Royal Designers whose innovations in architecture and furniture design are changing the world.

Sit in on a unique online conversation as they meet, exchange notes, and discuss their respective practices. Join this event on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 pm by registering here.

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Eventbrite
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Master in Collective Housing, Madrid 2020

Mon, 07/27/20
Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid

This week, the fourth International Workshop of the MCH 2020 in Madrid is led by Alison Brooks, assisted by Architect Alejandro de Miguel. Students have a week to deliver a proposal for The Post-Pandemic Tower: Re-useable Urban Ecosystem

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This week, the fourth International Workshop of the MCH 2020 in Madrid is led by Alison Brooks, assisted by Architect Alejandro de Miguel. Students have a week to deliver a proposal for The Post-Pandemic Tower: Re-useable Urban Ecosystem

This project is about re-imagining Madrid’s most iconic tower, the Torres de Colon, as a radically sustainable, inclusive and uplifting place to live in the context of two current global crises: the Climate Crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. These two crises have forced us to re-think the nature of how we live, how we consume, how we relate and how we work. Homes have become not only our personal sanctuaries associated with leisure and ‘domesticity’, but in many cases, have revived the pre-industrial revolution norm of the home as workplace. Lockdowns and limits on our mobility have brought the neighbourhoods immediately around our homes into renewed focus. We see our neighbours more often, we are more dependent on our local services. We consume less and as a result we produce less waste. Our reduced mobility has allowed us to discover surprising new places locally; their details and qualities speak to us of the layered social, political and architectural history of cities. We’ve also seen with fresh eyes the ‘nature’ that is a fundamental part of our localities – plants, animals, insects, weather. All these discoveries are life-enhancing. They point toward our collective potential to formulate a new and better urban reality. They are also a catalyst for architects to reinvent the organisational, spatial and material conventions of urban housing.

Mon, 07.27.20
Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid
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Where
Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid
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MCH Master - El Buen Retiro
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Victorian Society Lectures

Wed, 01/29/20 , 18:30
The Art Workers' Guild
The Art Workers' Guild (map)

Re-engaging with the Past: New Architectural Approaches In the third lecture of The Victorian Society winter lecture series The Victorian Society, in which Alison Brooks discusses the role of archetype as a critical physical and conceptual framework for human experience.

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Re-engaging with the Past: New Architectural Approaches In the third lecture of The Victorian Society winter lecture series The Victorian Society, in which Alison Brooks discusses the role of archetype as a critical physical and conceptual framework for human experience.

Alison will explained how she transforms these models into an experimental, culturally specific architecture. Works discussed include her seminal new Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford; a competition-winning scheme for York Castle Museum; a new Maggie’s Centre in Somerset; and a private house in Hampstead. Each of these projects engages in a dialogue with historic forms, materials and patterns in search of a contemporary iconography. The ongoing debate about how to adapt and reuse old buildings has reached an exciting stage. A new approach to reconciling old and new in architecture has emerged in recent years, one that is neither purely conservationist nor historicist but instead adopts a fresh, innovative approach. In this Victorian Society lecture series seven leading architects discuss this new trend and what it means in their work.

Wed, 01.29.20 , 18:30
The Art Workers' Guild
The Art Workers' Guild
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Where
The Art Workers' Guild (map)
Website
architecturediary.org
Robert Park [less..]

Sto-Foundation: November Talks

Tue, 11/19/19
University of Stuttgart
University of Stuttgart

Alison delivered a presentation to the University of Stuttgart for the Sto-Foundation November Talks season. She began her lecture entitled “Making it real – Archetypes and Ecosystems” by reading a statement on today’s crises in which she commented: “We overuse the word crisis”.

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Alison delivered a presentation to the University of Stuttgart for the Sto-Foundation November Talks season. She began her lecture entitled “Making it real – Archetypes and Ecosystems” by reading a statement on today’s crises in which she commented: “We overuse the word crisis”.

Alison Brooks – November Talks

 

Tue, 11.19.19
University of Stuttgart
University of Stuttgart
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Where
University of Stuttgart
Website
www.sto-stiftung.de
Robert Park [less..]

Wood In Architeture, Florence

Thu, 11/14/19 , 16:00
Palazzo Pucci, Florence
Palazzo Pucci, Florence

Michael Mueller delivered a lecture at the Palazzo Pucci in Florence, on ABA’s approach to designing with timber. The event was organised by The Plan Magazine and AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council).

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Michael Mueller delivered a lecture at the Palazzo Pucci in Florence, on ABA’s approach to designing with timber. The event was organised by The Plan Magazine and AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council).

The hall of the Palazzo was packed with about 400 architects – some had to stand throughout the more than 2 hours event.

David Venables (AHEC) described the variety of American hardwood species: they are now trying to introduce more red oak to construction. He also discussed new ways of mapping deforestation and growth of forests and explained how quick the American hardwood regrows, even with harvested timber.

https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-architettura-in-legno-creativita-tecnologia-e-innovazione-seminario-di-architettura-77462511457#

Thu, 11.14.19 , 16:00
Palazzo Pucci, Florence
Palazzo Pucci, Florence
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Where
Palazzo Pucci, Florence
Website
www.eventbrite.it
Robert Park [less..]

This Is Not A Fake, Bartlett International Lecture Series

Wed, 10/23/19 , 18:30
Bartlett School of Architecture
Bartlett School of Architecture

In the context of a contemporary culture saturated with the virtual and the illusory, Alison Brooks delivered a lecture to the Bartlett on both the agency of the architect and the role of architecture as a critical grounding force. She described the ways in which memory, conscious and sub-conscious experiences of ‘real’ places contribute to instinctive creativity (a fundamental human characteristic and critical form of authorship in architecture).

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In the context of a contemporary culture saturated with the virtual and the illusory, Alison Brooks delivered a lecture to the Bartlett on both the agency of the architect and the role of architecture as a critical grounding force. She described the ways in which memory, conscious and sub-conscious experiences of ‘real’ places contribute to instinctive creativity (a fundamental human characteristic and critical form of authorship in architecture).

Introduction to Lecture:

This Is Not A Fake

‘I thought I should start by explaining what I mean by this lecture title. I’m sure everyone in this room is aware of the number of crises we’re facing as a society, and as human culture in general.

There is the climate crisis. We’ve finally realised that the artificial division between “human culture” and “nature” carried down through centuries of so-called “human progress” must be reversed. This a huge project that should bring together all of humanity, and in which architecture must play a very big part.

There is the crisis of truth. Facts are manipulated by biases of many kinds, by political, religious, or commercial agendas. What is real? There is even a crisis in the overuse of the word crisis! We are simultaneously becoming immune and over-sensitised to transgressions of behaviour and language, to natural and man-made disasters, to image bombardment that digital communication has enabled.

So where does that leave architecture?

I’d like to put forward a declaration of optimism. That, although we are operating in a maelstrom of information and disinformation, the work of the architect is not a fake.

Problem solving, imagining, detailing, producing instructions for building: these acts although sometimes dream-like are commitments to the real, the solid, the permanent, the instrumental. We are tied to the fundamentals of being: we make places for people to spend time, share experiences, form memories and collectively flourish.

We hope projects and clients will offer us opportunities for poetic licence and, as a result, enrich others’ lives with meaning. We all know this is a privileged role that comes with huge responsibilities to current and future generations, institutions, corporate entities and the planet.

Maybe the most important role that being an architect allows us, within limits, is to express our individual conscience. Architects Declare, that I have signed up to, is fundamentally an expression of conscience. It is a catalyst for change in personal behavior and working practice. Therefore my position is that through our individual expertise, poetic instincts and collective conscience, architects are uniquely able to commit to, and act on, a better common future. We humans are part of the real and natural world and our project, as architects, is to prove it.’

This Is Not A Fake, BD Magazine

Wed, 10.23.19 , 18:30
Bartlett School of Architecture
Bartlett School of Architecture
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Where
Bartlett School of Architecture
Website
www.ucl.ac.uk
Robert Park [less..]

Architecture Alive in Malta.

Sat, 10/19/19 , 18:30
MUZA Valletta
MUZA Valletta

Alison presented a lecture on New Archetypes and the Civic Ideal at the Architecture Alive event in Malta organised by Studjurban and the Malta Planning Authority. Alison discussed the role of the archetype as a critical architectural and conceptual framework for her work.

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Alison presented a lecture on New Archetypes and the Civic Ideal at the Architecture Alive event in Malta organised by Studjurban and the Malta Planning Authority. Alison discussed the role of the archetype as a critical architectural and conceptual framework for her work.

Archetypal forms, spaces, organisations and relationships structure our individual experience and collective memory. They act as a springboard for our individual creative acts. She will illustrate how her practice works with archetypal models and local histories to create an experimental, culturally specific architecture including her seminal new academic Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford; the Mies van der Rohe nominated Ely Court; the York Castle Museum and residential towers in the UK and Canada. These projects represent the extraordinary range of scales, geographies and social structures; each exploring an expressive materialality and a search locally resonant, sustainable building practice.

Alison Brooks – Architecture Alive

 

Sat, 10.19.19 , 18:30
MUZA Valletta
MUZA Valletta
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Where
MUZA Valletta
Website
www.architecture-alive.com
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ROME XL Exhibition

Wed, 10/16/19
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Istituto Italiano di Cultura (map)

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto celebrates the work of past Waterloo Architecture Rome Program graduates in a new exhibition in Toronto. The exhibition includes student sketches by Alison Brooks seen alongside built work and new project influenced by her time in Rome.

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The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto celebrates the work of past Waterloo Architecture Rome Program graduates in a new exhibition in Toronto. The exhibition includes student sketches by Alison Brooks seen alongside built work and new project influenced by her time in Rome.

RomaXL presents drawings by a selection of highly accomplished Waterloo graduates completed during their Rome term, together with examples of their built work. This juxtaposition reveals unexpected influences of Roman architecture, landscape architecture and urban design on Canadian architects today.

The exhibition features work by Alison Brooks, Johnson Chou, Jean Colonnier, Shelley Craig, Alexander Josephson, Chris Pommer and Lisa Rapoport, Paul Raff, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, John Shnier and others.

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Wed, 10.16.19
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
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Where
Istituto Italiano di Cultura (map)
Website
iictoronto.esteri.it
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BASE – Big Architecture and Sustainability

Mon, 10/7/19
The Venue, De Montfort University
The Venue, De Montfort University (map)

More than 700 Architecture and Arts students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) gathered for the first week of the academic year to take part in BASE (Big Architecture and Sustainability Event) where the discussed their future impact on sustainable design and communities. Alison Brooks presented a lecture on Experimental Sustainable Archetypes.

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More than 700 Architecture and Arts students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) gathered for the first week of the academic year to take part in BASE (Big Architecture and Sustainability Event) where the discussed their future impact on sustainable design and communities. Alison Brooks presented a lecture on Experimental Sustainable Archetypes.

As well as the lectures, which also featured presentations by Matthew Barnett Howland, Oliver Wilton and Louise Palomba, a series of workshops involved students getting together in groups to think and work creatively, such as dreaming up a perfect building for a celebrity and designing the structure in miniature out of paper straws, or coming up with ideas of how society can work in a more sustainable way.

www.dmu.ac.uk

Mon, 10.7.19
The Venue, De Montfort University
The Venue, De Montfort University
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Where
The Venue, De Montfort University (map)
Website
www.dmu.ac.uk
Robert Park [less..]

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Mon, 06/10/19
Royal Academy
Royal Academy (map)

Varnishing Day at the RA Summer Exhibition this afternoon. We are showing two models in the Architecture Room: Exeter College in Oxford, and The Smile. The collection was curated by Spencer de Grey this year, with a focus on design and sustainability.

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Varnishing Day at the RA Summer Exhibition this afternoon. We are showing two models in the Architecture Room: Exeter College in Oxford, and The Smile. The collection was curated by Spencer de Grey this year, with a focus on design and sustainability.

“Alison Brooks uses structural cross-laminated and sustainably-forested Tulipwood in her Smile pavilion, resulting in a building with a negative carbon footprint.”

www.architecturetoday.co.uk

Mon, 06.10.19
Royal Academy
Royal Academy
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Where
Royal Academy (map)
Website
www.royalacademy.org.uk
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Public Housing: A London Renaissance

Thu, 05/16/19
NLA, The Building Centre
NLA, The Building Centre (map)

The opening of a new exhibition at the NLA this week at London’s Building Centre. A review of current trends in London Estate housing.

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The opening of a new exhibition at the NLA this week at London’s Building Centre. A review of current trends in London Estate housing.

“This exhibition shows how London boroughs are working to deliver high-quality, pleasant and affordable homes on estates, smaller sites and large-scale areas of regeneration across London, to create places that can also support the sustainable growth of the capital.”

Alison Brooks Architects have contributed a number of our projects in Kilburn including Ely Court.

The exhibition will open from 16 May to 18 July 2019, at The Building Centre.

Thu, 05.16.19
NLA, The Building Centre
NLA, The Building Centre
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Where
NLA, The Building Centre (map)
Website
www.newlondonarchitecture.org
Robert Park [less..]

Forest of Fabrication Symposium on ‘Re-Imagining Timber’

Wed, 04/3/19 , 14:00
The Building Centre
The Building Centre (map)

Alison presented our work in relation to the innovative use and the future potential of wood in architectural construction, alongside Alex de Rijke of drMM Architects and Amin Taha.

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Alison presented our work in relation to the innovative use and the future potential of wood in architectural construction, alongside Alex de Rijke of drMM Architects and Amin Taha.

Other speakers included: David Venables of the American Hardwood Council, our client for The Smile project; and Johannes Rebhahn of specialist timber contractor Wiehag. Thanks to the host of the event, Vanessa Norwood of The Building Centre  for facilitating such an interesting discussion that touched on wide ranging themes from technical design, the future of wood as a material in construction, well-being and the management of the world’s forests to provide a sustainable source of construction materials.

Wed, 04.3.19 , 14:00
The Building Centre
The Building Centre
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Where
The Building Centre (map)
Website
www.buildingcentre.co.uk
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University of Manitoba

Thu, 03/21/19 , 18:00
John A. Russell Building
John A. Russell Building (map)

Alison Brooks is providing a lecture titled ‘Ideals, then Ideas: Authenticity, Generosity, Civicness and Beauty’ at the University of Manitoba on 21 March 2019.

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Alison Brooks is providing a lecture titled ‘Ideals, then Ideas: Authenticity, Generosity, Civicness and Beauty’ at the University of Manitoba on 21 March 2019.

In her talk she will discuss her practice philosophy, architectural approach and the ideals of ‘authenticity, generosity, civicness and beauty’ relating her current and recently completed projects. These include the new Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford University and new models for urban housing such as Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for Contemporary European Architecture.

 

Thu, 03.21.19 , 18:00
John A. Russell Building
John A. Russell Building
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Where
John A. Russell Building (map)
Website
www.umanitoba.ca
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Farrell Review: 5th Anniversary Event

Thu, 02/21/19 , 13:30
Royal Institute of British Architects
Royal Institute of British Architects (map)

To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment Alison will be taking part in a panel discussion, reflecting on its recent achievements.

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To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment Alison will be taking part in a panel discussion, reflecting on its recent achievements.

Some of the Farrell Review’s main achievements include;

  • Architecture moving from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to the Ministry for  Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
  • The House of Lords establishing the first ever Select Committee on the Built Environment
  • The Government recruiting a Chief Architect
  • The Greater London Authority (GLA) and LB Croydon setting up PLACE Review panels
  • Public Practice placing architects and urban designers into local authority planning departments
  • More than 15 Urban Rooms throughout the country, where anyone can go to find out about the past, present and future of their place
  • The Place Alliance being established as a movement campaigning for place quality
  • The London School of Architecture creating a new model for architectural education
  • The National Arts and Place Consortium promoting the role of the arts in the built environment

The half day conference will be held at the Royal Institute for British Architects on Thursday 21st February, tickets can be purchased here.

Thu, 02.21.19 , 13:30
Royal Institute of British Architects
Royal Institute of British Architects
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Where
Royal Institute of British Architects (map)
Website
www.eventbrite.com
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Surface Design Show: PechaKucha Evening

Wed, 02/6/19 , 18:30
Business Design Centre
Business Design Centre (map)

Alison Brooks will be presenting at the Surface Design Show’s PechaKucha evening on the subject ‘Identitites and Boundaries – Site Specific Responses to Modern Architecture’.

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Alison Brooks will be presenting at the Surface Design Show’s PechaKucha evening on the subject ‘Identitites and Boundaries – Site Specific Responses to Modern Architecture’.

The evening hosted by Chris Dyson will include: Lucia Berasaluce, Hantic Architects; Ben Cousins, Cousins & Cousins Architects; Simon Fraser, Hopkins Architects; Soraya Khan, Theis and Khan Architects; Nigel Ostime, Hawkins Brown; Stuart Piercy, Piercy and Co and Alex Scott-Whitby, ScottWhitbySTUDIO.

Wed, 02.6.19 , 18:30
Business Design Centre
Business Design Centre
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Where
Business Design Centre (map)
Website
www.surfacedesignshow.com
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University of Toronto: Home and Away Lecture Series

Wed, 11/21/18 , 18:30
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (map)

Alison Brooks has been invited by the University of Toronto to provide a public lecture as part of the Daniels’ Home and Away lecture series.

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Alison Brooks has been invited by the University of Toronto to provide a public lecture as part of the Daniels’ Home and Away lecture series.

Engaging broad, timely topics the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design’s Home and Away lecture series connects the wealth of expertise within the Daniels Faculty community with an international, multidisciplinary network of designers, scholars, artists, and curators.

In Alison’s guest lecture she will be joined by Brigitte Shim, Professor at John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, widely regarded as one of the most innovative and successful architectural practices in Canada.

Wed, 11.21.18 , 18:30
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
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Where
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (map)
Website
www.daniels.utoronto.ca
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PRACTICE: Outside In | Inside Out

Fri, 10/12/18 , 14:00
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium

Alison Brooks is taking part in Harvard GSD’s public symposium on ‘Building Practice: Ethics, Agency, and Labour’.

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Alison Brooks is taking part in Harvard GSD’s public symposium on ‘Building Practice: Ethics, Agency, and Labour’.

The symposium will consider discourse on contemporary issues of design practice in two parts: the external pressures of economic, environmental, and political systems, and internal forces of tools, techniques, and strategies for design.

Alison Brooks will be on the first panel discussion, addressing the current systems of value in contemporary design practice for the management and creation of labour, the evaluation of risk, and the mediation of underlying economic and social dynamics in the design of the built environment. Focusing on the duties of the designer in the current culture of production, this will be a critical discussion on the external forces affecting practice and the growing crisis of the marginalisation of the design disciplines. The evolution of practice will be examined through historical, ethnographic, and other qualitative lenses, revealing complex systems of relations between key players in the creation of the built environment.

 

Fri, 10.12.18 , 14:00
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium
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Where
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium
Website
www.gsd.harvard.edu
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Melbourne School of Design: Dulux Dean’s Lecture Series 2018

Tue, 10/2/18 , 19:00
Melbourne School of Design
Melbourne School of Design (map)

Alison Brooks has been invited by the Melbourne School of Design to give a public lecture at the University of Melbourne.

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Alison Brooks has been invited by the Melbourne School of Design to give a public lecture at the University of Melbourne.

Titled “Ideals, then Ideas: Authenticity, Generosity, Civicness, Beauty”  Alison’s talk will feature the new Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford University; a new Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre; and new models for urban housing such as Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for Contemporary European Architecture.

 

 

 

Tue, 10.2.18 , 19:00
Melbourne School of Design
Melbourne School of Design
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Where
Melbourne School of Design (map)
Website
msd.unimelb.edu.au
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ReCasting at 100% Design ReCasting

Fri, 09/21/18 , 14:00
Olympia London
Olympia London (map)

Associate Michael Mueller will be presenting ‘ReCasting’ our large scale, immersive installation for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale at 100% Design.

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Associate Michael Mueller will be presenting ‘ReCasting’ our large scale, immersive installation for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale at 100% Design.

Presenting alongside our collaborators Benchmark and Arup, the session will explore this immense project both visually and through conversation. From its initial abstract conception, they will discuss the process of realising this installation and bringing methodologies of furniture making to an architectural scale.

 

Fri, 09.21.18 , 14:00
Olympia London
Olympia London
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Where
Olympia London (map)
Website
www.100percentdesign.co.uk
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Harvard University Graduate School of Design Public Lecture

Mon, 09/17/18 , 18:30
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium

Alison Brooks is providing a public lecture at Harvard GSD, Boston on “Model Building Model: Making Oxford’s New Collegiate Architecture”.

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Alison Brooks is providing a public lecture at Harvard GSD, Boston on “Model Building Model: Making Oxford’s New Collegiate Architecture”.

During her lecture Alison will discuss the recently completed Exeter College Cohen Quadrangle and her design methodology that transforms archetypal social, pedagogical and architectural ‘models’ into new tectonic and spatial paradigms. She will also present our large scale installation ‘ReCasting’ which acts as a sensorial model of our built work.

Mon, 09.17.18 , 18:30
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium
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Where
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium
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www.gsd.harvard.edu
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