Smout Allen: Augmented Landscapes and Delicate Machinery

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In their lecture last month Mark Smout and Laura Allen discussed their recent work where architectural representation and the iterative process of design (investigation, proposition, drawing, making, modeling) lead to highly visual and engaging pieces which establish an important relationship between the user, the viewer and the artist/designer/architect.

Smout Allen are architectural designers, researchers and Senior Lecturers based at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Their work looks at architecture’s interaction with the landscapes around us – natural and artificial, urban and geologic, aquatic, terrestrial, and atmospheric – which are interpreted, filtered, or otherwise augmented by instruments, devices, and machines. Their teaching and architecture studio promotes design as an architectural laboratory that merges imaginative speculation and making with design and research practice. Smout Allen have exhibited at the AA, the RIBA, the Royal Academy, the Venice Biennale and have lectured internationally.

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