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Principal Lecturer

0161 247 1131

Chatham 607

Homepage : www.mainstreammodern.co.uk


• Programme Leader BA(Hons) Architecture
• Architecture Research Hub Leader
• Registered Architect
• Advisor to the Manchester Modernist Society
• Member of peer review panel for Arts and
Humanities Research Council
• Member C20 Society
• Member The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
• Member European Architectural History Group

Research interests:
Post-WWII British Modern Architecture. Infrastructure. Mapping. Functionalism. Utilitarianism. Brutalism. Industrial Architecture. Planning. Policy. Urbanism. Urban Art. Land Art.

Richard is primarily interested in the policies of planning and regulation and the impact that this has on urban form, space and materiality. This interest informs two distinct areas of research; historical and contemporary.

The historical research with which Richard is engaged concerns the late twentieth century and is focused on regional development in relation to national and local policy.

Of particular interest within the realm of contemporary regulations are issues of territory, boundary and the demarcation and ownership of space. The tension between virtual (data) space and real (physical) space is paramount to these studies. Mapping and visualisation techniques are used to provide representations of urban space which utilise the exposition of latent political and numerical conditions as both reactive and predictive models.

Richard is interested in the architecture of modernity, the machine age and functionalism. This is reflected in his engagement with digital media, he has worked with other artists exhibiting experimental industrial and electronic audio-visual material across the UK and Europe.

Projects

bar_cycle

Competition entry with Dr. Nick Dunn, Ming Chung and Nick Tyson. bar_cycle is a prototype unit that presents a set of creative solutions within the city which provide a new layer of sustainable behaviour in terms of culture, economy and the environment. The bar_cycle is a dynamic and versatile addition to the streetscape and public spaces of Milan as it facilitates a recycling and vending system of glass drink bottles whilst also offering a meeting point for social behaviour and cultural events. bar_cycle works by developing a number of ecologies: city, urban, cultural, economic and environmental. More Details >>

Chester General Station

£1.5 million upgrade of existing facilities and provision of new retail, information and ticketing kiosks within existing Grade II* listed railway station.

Client: Arriva Trains Wales

Role: Project Architect, concept design, detail design, tender and site supervision

Heliodays in the Rainy City

Invited exhibition at Urbis, 2001. Selected participants were asked to design a sundial for deisgnated sites across Manchester. This scheme was prepared with Andrew Capewell, Andrew Bamford and Mike Cuniff for Ducie Street canal basin. The sundial was conceived as a closed system that collected energy and distributed in to 12 nodal points on a matrix that connected previously severed arteries of the urban grid. Nodes were formally expressed as 'leaves', 'fruit', 'spores' and 'parasites'. More Details >>

Middleton Arena

£15 million civic and leisure centre in Middleton, nr. Rochdale.

Client: RMBC

Roles: Procurement, concept design, detail design and tender stages of scheme including public realm works and wider urban masterplanning.

Completed: 2009

Parachute Pavilion

Competition entry with Regina Huser. A new pavilion adjacent the 'Parachute' ride at Coney Island, New York. The structure is intended to address the datum between ground and boardwalk by means of a continuous sequential journey puntuated by the framing of the everday elements of the landscape. The formal resolution was driven by the approach, defined vistas and vertical shift. The desire to consider the theme of journey and the monumental quality of normality was driven by Robert Smithson's writing and the 1979 film 'The Warriors'. More Details >>

Recycle City

Presented as a parallel component of State Legacy is an intervention and exhibition of new research-by-design work from team-bau. This project investigates the ecological issues raised as a consequence of industrialisation. Through the analysis and synthesis of data generated by the original industrial city, Manchester is used as a vehicle to explain dynamic solutions that offer both ecological sustainability and adaptability to changing needs and future use. By communicating creative strategic proposals this continuing research project seeks to form a more cohesive perspective upon the material benefits and unwanted side effects of industrialisation. The emergent post-industrial landscape evolves through the integration of natural systems and man-made processes combined with the various levels of public interaction and events to develop an urban master-plan whose adaptability enables ecologically and culturally sustainable relationships to exist. More Details >>

Silt City

Competition submission with colleagues for urban lagoon park in Venice. Co-authors, Dr. Nick Dunn, Ming Chung + Nick Tyson "We propose a framework of interacting systems that will initiate an event landscape across the island of Sacca San Mattia and also address the wider lagoon area. We call this landscape Silt City in reference to its temporal and evolutionary nature as a result of a series of fluctuating depositions and dispersals over time. As a landscape of events, the island directly addresses the tension existing between global interest and local needs, in which tourism can coexist with the extant social conditions of Venice by providing both additional recreation for the citizens and alleviation from the current overcrowding due to tourist influx. More Details >>

Research

A selection of recent research outputs.

Exhibitions

Brook, R., 2016. Making Post-War Manchester: Visions of an Unmade City, Manchester Technology Centre, 3/6/2016 - 24/6/2016.

Millington, S., Hale, J., Steele, M., Brook, R., 2014. Sci.Eng.50, Grosvenor Gallery Annex, 23/10/2014 - 21/11/2014.

Brook, R., 2012. Infra_MANC. Post-war Mancunian Infrastructures, CUBE Gallery & RIBA Hub. Manchester, 24/2/2012 - 23/3/2012.

Dunn, N. and Brook, R., 2009. Shaping the Future: Heritage Open Days, Town Hall, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, 10-13 September 2009.

team-bau, 2009. State Legacy, Cornerhouse and Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, 2nd April - 8th May 2009.

Books

Brook, R., 2017. 'Manchester Modern', The Modernist Society.

Brook, R., Dunn, N., 2013. 'Urban Maps Instruments of Narrative and Interpretation in the City', Ashgate Publishing, Ltd..

Brook, R. and Dodge, M., 2012. 'Infra_MANC. Post-war Mancunian Infrastructures', bauprint: Manchester.

Brook, R. and Dunn, N., 2009. 'Isolative Urbanism: an ecology of control', bauprint.

Mills, G., Fitzpatrick, J., Chadwick D., O'Donnell, C., Islam A., Ellis D., Brown F.,, 2001. 'Manchester Architecture Papers', The Manchester School of Architecture.

Book Chapters

Brook, R., 2016. 'Mainstream Modern'. In Neate, H., Craggs, R. (eds.) Modern Futures, Uniformbooks.

Brook, R., Dunn, N., 2009. 'The Control of Space: mediating fear in the urban condition'. In Isolative Urbanism, bauprint, Manchester.

Brook, R., 2008. 'Learning Lessons: Post-war architecture of the universities'. In Manchester School of Architecture (eds.) MSA2 Yearbook 2008, 33-36, MSA.

Reports

Brook, R., 2010. 'Manchester Modern: The Shape of the City'.

Internet Publications

Brook, R., 2014. 'Helicopter dreaming: the unrealised plans for city centre heliports in the post-war period', http://www.bcu.ac.uk/Download/Asset/f196b924-0666-4194-b34c-e2388e71463a.

Brook, R., 2014. 'Trying to close the loop: post-war ring roads in Manchester', http://www.bcu.ac.uk/Download/Asset/cd53b53d-be5a-49c8-aea0-ab0d9182b635.

Brook, R. and Jarvis, M., 2014. 'Working Paper 24: Trying to close the loop: post-war ring roads in Manchester', Infrastructure and the Rebuilt City after the Second World War, https://www.bcu.ac.uk/Download/Asset/cd53b53d-be5a-49c8-aea0-ab0d9182b635.

Brook, R. and Dodge, M., 2013. 'Working Paper 22: Helicopter Dreaming: The Unrealised Plans for City Centre Heliports in the Post-war Period', Infrastructure and the Rebuilt City after the Second World War, https://www.bcu.ac.uk/Download/Asset/f196b924-0666-4194-b34c-e2388e71463a.

Brook, R., 2009. 'The Hollaway Wall', http://www.c20society.org.uk/botm/hollaway-wall-manchester/.

Journal Articles

Brook, R., 2017. 'Roger Booth, Lancashire County Architect, 1962-83.', The Journal of the Twentieth Century Society (C20), (13).

Brook, R., 2016. 'Concrete Junglists', The Modernist, (20), pp. 18-21.

Brook, R., 2015. 'Cold War Concrete: Engineering the Airwaves', The Modernist, (14), pp. 30-33.

Brook, R. & Dodge, M., 2015. 'The Guardian Underground Telephone Exchange', Lancashire & Cheshire Antiquarian Society Transactions, Volume 108, 20-55.

Brook, R., Dodge, M., 2014. 'Dreams of Helicopter Travel in the 1950s and Liverpool's Undeveloped Plans for a City Centre Heliport', Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 163, pp. 111-125.

Brook, R., 2014. 'Expo[sed]', The Modernist, (13), pp. 32-37.

Brook, R., 2014. 'Mancunian Way', Architektur in Gebrauch, (3), pp. 3-8.

Brook, R., Dodge, M., 2014. 'The Guardian Underground Telephone Exchange', Lancashire & Cheshire Antiquarian Society Transactions, 108, pp. 20-55.

Brook, R., 2013. 'For all the right reasons', The Modernist, (8), pp. 16-19.

Brook, R., 2013. 'From Bold to Belligerent', The Modernist, (9), pp. 24-25.

Brook, R., 2012. 'Building as Sign: Architecture in the Image Economy', The International Journal of the Image, 1 (4), pp. 67-82.

Brook, R., 2012. 'Police Brutality', The Modernist, (4), pp. 12-15.

Brook, R., 2011. 'A Hidden Chapel', Greater Manchester Churches Preservation Society, (Winter 2011/12), pp. 9-9.

Brook, R., 2011. 'Boldly Gone', The Modernist, pp. 10-11.

Brook, R., 2011. 'Hard Brilliance', The Modernist, (2), pp. 14-15.

Brook, R., 2011. 'Manchester', C20 The magazine of the Twentieth Century Society, (Autumn 2011), pp. 18-19.

Brook, R., 2011. 'Manchester Chapels', C20 The Magazine of the Twentieth Century Society, (Spring 2011).

Brook, R., 2009. 'Church Ceramics', Glazed Expressions, pp. 16-17.

Brook, R., 2009. 'Post-war Academic Buildings in Manchester', A. Architecture and Built Environment, pp. 16-23.

Brook, R., 2009. 'Underley Hall Chapel, Kirkby Lonsdale', C20 The Magazine of the Twentieth Century Society, (Autumn 2009), pp. 17-17.

Brook, R., 2008. 'St. Augustine's Church, Manchester', The Magazine of the Twentieth Century Society, (Spring 2008), pp. 12-12.

Conference Papers

Brook, R., 2017. 'Regionality: agency and authorship in architecture. The story of the National Computing Centre - White Heat, False Logic.', SAHGB Annual Symposium 2017 Beyond 'By': Towards an inclusive architectural history, London School of Economics, 3/6/2017 - 3/6/2017.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Roger Booth, Lancashire County Architect, 1962-83', Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, 2016 Annual Symposium, The Official Architect; missing chapters in the history of the profession, RIBA, Portland Place, London, 21/5/2016 - 21/5/2016.

Brook, R., Dunn, N., 2014. 'Between planning and network, the evolution of infrastructural architecture', RGS IBG Annual International Conference 2014, Royal Geographic Society, London, 26/8/2014 - 29/8/2014.

Brook, R., 2014. 'Renewal and Regionality: Cruickshank and Seward in Manchester', The Transformation of Urban Britain Since 1945, University of Leicester, Centre for Urban History.

Brook, R., Jefferies, T., 2013. 'It's Just Juxtabridity', Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, 9/4/2013 - 13/4/2013.

Presentations

Brook, R., 2017. 'Drawing the Modern: A viewing of the student work of Gordon Hodkinson', MMU Special Collections.

Brook, R., Dunn, N., 2017. 'Warp & Weft: Infrastructural Architecture and Volumetric Urbanism', The Chimney House, Kelham Island, Sheffield.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Grand Plans: Campus, Precinct and Parkland', Historical Geographies of Higher Education in Greater Manchester, Manchester Meeting Place, North Campus, University of Manchester, 9 November 2016.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Roger Booth. Lancashire County Architect, 1962-83.', Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Annual Symposium, RIBA, Portland Place, London, 21 May 2016.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Visions of the Unmade City', Building Design Partnership, Ducie Street, Manchester.

Brook, R., Dodge, M., 2015. 'Cold War Urbanism: Histories of strategic plans, secure structures and technocratic politics', International Conference of Historical Geographers, Royal Geographic Society.

Brook, R. & Dunn, N., 2014. 'Between planning and network, the evolution of infrastructural architecture', RGS IBG Annual International Conference 2014, Royal Geographical Society, London, 26-29 August 2014.

Brook, R., 2014. 'Masterplanning Mobility: Mancunian Methods', Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.

Brook, R., 2014. 'Oxford Road: the promise, planning and problems - Masterplanning progress: Technology, teaching and architecture', Central Reference Library, Manchester.

Brook, R. & Dodge, M., 2014. 'Secrecy, obscurity, security, obsession: The ‘Guardian’ telecommunications bunker deep under Manchester city centre and Cold War urbanism', RGS IBG Annual International Conference 2014, Royal Geographical Society, London, 26-29 August 2014.

Brook, R., 2013. 'Manchester. The 59 year history of the inner relief route', Infrastructure and the rebuilt post-war city, Birmingham City University, 25 March 2013.

Brook, R., 2013. 'Manchester: Disconnected City', The making of post-war Manchester 1945-74: Plans and Projects, University of Manchester, 8 May 2013.

Brook, R., 2013. 'Renewal and Regionality: Cruickshank and Seward in Manchester', The Transformation of Urban Britain Since 1945, University of Leicester, Centre for Urban History, 9 - 10 July 2013.

Brook, R., 2013. 'The materiality of entropy: an application of order', Time, Space and the Body, Mercure Hotel, Sydney, AU., 11-13 February 2013.

Brook, R. and Dunn, N., 2011. 'Data Mining: Abstract Urban Topographies', Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2011: The Geographical Imagination, Royal Geographical Society and Imperial College, London, 31 August - 2 September 2011.

Brook, R., 2009. 'Manchester Modern - Planning Policy & the Shape of the City', 20th Century Society NW Lecture, Manchester, 7th October 2009.

Brook, R., 2009. 'Modern Architecture + Planning in Manchester', American Institute of Architects UK: Urban Regeneration, Urbis, Manchester, UK, 23.04.09-26.04.09.

Dunn, N. and Brook, R., 2009. 'The City and The Control of Space', Metropolitan Desires: Cultural Reconfigurations of the European City Space, Manchester Metropolitan University, 8-9 September 2009.

Other Outputs

Brook, R., Chung, M., Dunn, N., Tyson, T., 2011. 'Emerge: Spatial Design Report', Commissioned report into formal design solutions for east Manchester recycling cooperative.

Brook, R., 2011. 'Manchester Modern', A curated set of photos for GMCRO from the Manchester Local Image Collection.

Dunn, N. and Brook, R., 2011. '[Re_Map]: the image of the urban landscape', Co-chaired conference session at the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2011: The Geographical Imagination.

Brook, R., 2010. 'Manchester Modern: The Shape of the City', Thesis submitted to the RIBA Library..

Tyson, N., Brook, R., Chung, M., & Dunn, N., 2009. 'Design Briefing Report for EMERGE Recycling Manchester'.

Richard Brook
Emerge: Perspective_Dispersed Option
Emerge: Perspective_Dispersed Option
Emerge: Model_Dispersed Option
Emerge: Model_Dispersed Option
Recycle City 003
Recycle City 003
Recycle City 002
Recycle City 002
Recycle City 001
Recycle City 001
bar_cycle | competition sheet
bar_cycle | competition sheet
bar cycle | panorama
bar cycle | panorama
Chester | New concourse
Chester | New concourse
Chester | Perspective
Chester | Perspective
Chester | Model
Chester | Model
Middleton Arena | Pool hall
Middleton Arena | Pool hall
Middleton Arena | Theatre / multi-use space
Middleton Arena | Theatre / multi-use space
Middleton Arena | Exterior
Middleton Arena | Exterior
bar_cycle | exploded axo
bar_cycle | exploded axo
Heliodays in the Rainy City | Plan
Heliodays in the Rainy City | Plan
Heliodays in the Rainy City | Perspective
Heliodays in the Rainy City | Perspective
Parachute Pavilion
Parachute Pavilion
manctransit
manctransit
Silt City
Silt City