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Alison Brooks Architects to exhibit at the 15th International Venice Biennale

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Alison Brooks Architects will be exploring the civic role of housing and of the State as urban patron in the practice’s upcoming exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.
(28 May-27 November 2016)

Photograph by Paul Riddle

ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures.

In their exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day. The exhibition uncovers qualities found in Britain’s monumental urban housing estates, and how these have become synonymous with economic and social segregation. These are examined in relation to four specific urban paradigms found in a north London neighbourhood: 1890s suburb; 1960s modernist estate; contemporary masterplan; and intensified, ‘ideal’ future.

The practice considers housing design to be the most fundamental form of city-building, constituting urban form, civic space and community identity as well as the intimate space of dwelling. ABA’s own work in housing explores new typologies, identities and hybrid uses as vehicles for urban transformation.

“As catalysts for social diversity and inclusiveness, housing architecture can be reconceived as civic buildings of the everyday,” says Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of ABA. “A strategy of proactive council involvement as commissioners and stewards of urban design offers an alternative model for development to purely market-led regeneration.”

The Venice installation will include ABA’s ongoing work with the London Borough of Brent on the regeneration of South Kilburn Estate, one of north London’s largest modernist housing estates. Here, the Council is leading a 15 year masterplan to reintegrate the community, its architecture and public spaces into the fabric of the city. The Council’s plans new projects embed diversity, with a 50/50 mix of social and private housing. Ten London architects have been working in the regeneration including three competition winning schemes by Alison Brooks Architects.

“Our three South Kilburn projects – one complete, one under construction and one planned – recharge streets as a forum for public life framed by higher density, equitable housing. Our work supports the local authority’s renewed commitment to delivering long-term social and urban value.” says Brooks.


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About Alison Brooks Architects

Founded in 1996, Alison Brooks Architects has developed an international reputation for delivering design excellence in projects ranging from urban regeneration, master planning, public buildings for the arts, higher education and housing. ABA’s award-winning architecture is born from intensive research into the cultural, social and environmental contexts of each project. This approach enables us to develop authentic, responsive solutions for our buildings and urban schemes, each with a distinct identity. Combining formal invention with rigorous attention to detail, ABA’s buildings have proved to satisfy our client’s expectations and positively impact the urban realm. Alison Brooks Architects is the only UK practice to have won the RIBA’s three most prestigious awards for architecture – the 2008 Stirling Prize for Accordia Cambridge, the Manser Medal and the Stephen Lawrence Prize. ABA numerous national and international awards include the 2012 Architect of the Year and Housing Architect of the Year.

 The European Cultural Centre exhibition “TIME – SPACE – EXISTENCE” 

The exhibition is organised by the Global Art Affairs Foundation (GAAF) and brings together over 100 architects, young, senior, established and emerging, from many different cultures. Humans with different points of view. Co-existing thoughts and ideas from the last 50 years, which could be the basis of the thoughts of the future. With their projects, architects often have an enormous impact on the way we humans experience the quality of our surrounding. They influence our daily existence and leave a mark on the earth from this current Time and often this ‘mark’ even outlives the architect himself. Architectural photographers capture this Space in this Time in our Existence and they have, like the architects, many different points of view and approaches. Architects should be very conscious about the impact their activities and decisions have on people and other living beings, as well as on our environment as a total.

“Time Space Existence” at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, 28 May – 27 November 2016. Palazzo Mora, Str. Nuova, 3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy.