Knock Nothing Down
Royal Academy of Arts. London, UK
Curated by Gonzalo Herrero Delicado
Exhibition design by aLL Design
Graphic design by Niten Patel
"It is my plea to celebrate identity, define edges,
and keep the buildings that we have."
Will Alsop RA
According to late architect Will Alsop, 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. 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’.
From preparatory drawings and models to archival documents and a full-size prototype, this exhibition was inspired by Alsop’s own studio and design thinking, exploring a selection of past and upcoming projects by aLL Design. More info here.