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Mark Smout


Lecture | Monday 28.04.2014 | 19:00h | R211a 


Lecture Series: Ten Informants

British Exploratory Land Archive

Smout Allen, working with Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG), were one of 10 teams selected to contribute research and exhibition material for the Venice Takeaway show in the British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2012 (www.venicetakeaway.com). The project applies research techniques derived from the Centre for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) in Los Angeles to develop an architectural analysis, documentation and curation of British land use. The Venice exhibit was the first iteration of an ongoing research project to establish BELA as a UCL resource. BELA focuses on architectural field study and instrument design as a kind of expeditionary archival process, documenting unusual and familiar, but overlooked, UK landscapes to provide a robust interpretive framework through which to understand and appreciate exceptional cases of land use. 

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Mark Smout


Lecture | Monday 28.04.2014 | 19:00h | R211a 


Lecture Series: Ten Informants

Mark Smout is a Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he is the Coordinator of the MArch Thesis programme and runs MArch U11 with Laura Allen. His Design Research Practice, Smout Allen undertakes work proposing that the built environment can develop a reading of and synergy with its surroundings informed by understanding the complex interaction of living and artificial systems, environmental processes and emerging technologies. Smout Allen have produced award winning designs for the East Anglian landscape, published 'Augmented Landscapes' issue 28 of the seminal Pamphlet Architecture series and produced the centre piece installation for the Landscape Futures exhibition in the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. They have won the prestigious Royal Academy Award for Architecture and represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2012. Their most recent work, commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the 2012 Olympic festival, was a large binary calculator powered by marbles that made tea for passers-by.

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Mark Smout


Lecture | Monday 28.04.2014 | 19:00h | R211a 


Lecture Series: Ten Informants

Laura Allen is a Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she is Director of Special Projects and has been teaching Architecture in undergraduate and post graduate design studios since 1994, including leading MArch Architecture Unit 11 with Mark Smout.  Her Design Research Practice, Smout Allen, scrutinises and interprets the fluxing urban and rural landscape and its reaction and adaptation to natural environmental events and the ‘artificial’ influence of man.  It undertakes a design-based approach to architecture, landscape and climate change via political, technological and artistic disciplines on the basis of what architecture can do with them and for them. Themes and pedagogy developed via the Bartlett teaching programmes are explored via international workshops with very disparate student groups and using unfamiliar and sometimes ‘live’ sites. Recent workshops have been in Oslo, Australia and Canada.