[Exhibition] “Knock nothing down” Will Alsop at Royal Academy of Arts

To demolish or not to demolish? This free display is an opportunity to explore a selection of past and upcoming projects by late architect Will Alsop RA and his practice, aLL Design, which reimagine new cities above existing ones.

 

Will Alsop RA / aLL Design, Sketch of the OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design), Ontario © Will Alsop RA / aLL Design

 

According to late architect Will Alsop RA, every building contains references, memories and meaning for many people and as such should be loved, reworked and kept. Demolishing wasn’t an option for him, unless a building was physically dangerous.


 

“Knock nothing down”
12 June — 26 August, 2019
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
UK

 


He didn’t consider this as a heritage mission but a point of humanity. His response was to lift new buildings above existing ones, so both old and new could co-exist in dialogue with each other and preserve the memory of a place. Some of his most acclaimed projects followed this strategy, such as the celebrated Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Peckham Library in London. In 2011, Will Alsop established aLL Design, a practice that merges art and architecture to make life better for people, and proposes buildings that follow his design ethos ‘knock nothing down’.

 

Will Alsop RA / aLL Design, Sketch of the OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design), Ontario © Will Alsop RA and aLL Design

aLL Design, Visual of Sturton Street, Cambridge © aLL Design

 

The Architecture Studio will be transformed into a working space inspired by Alsop’s own studio and design thinking, featuring never-seen-before documents of OCAD alongside two upcoming projects by aLL Design in London and Cambridge. From preparatory drawings and models to archival documents and a full-size prototype, explore three case studies created by Will Alsop and aLL Design, and contribute your own ideas to reimagine new cities above the existing one.

 

Will Alsop RA / aLL Design Model of Heliport Heights, London © David Parry


 

News source: Royal Academy of Arts 
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