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
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’.
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.