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Alison and Peter Smithson, founders of Team X and authors of the classic Team X Primer, are among the most influential architects of the postwar decades. Their reevaluation of modernism shifted the focus of architecture and urbanism toward the particularities and uniqueness of human associations, urban patterns, and climatic conditions. Many of their ideas, both social (cluster and human association) and architectural (Brutalism, the nature of materials), profoundly influenced later generations of academics, students, and practitioners. As the social ideals of earlier times become an integral part of the reassessment of the built environment of recent years, the Smithsons continue to gain in significance.
This unprecedented and long-overdue publication is the first comprehensive book available on the enormous legacy of the Smithsons. The architectural works in this book, which span from the mid-1940s to the mid-1990s, include all of their major projects, such as Hunstanton Secondary School, Golden Lane Housing, Sheffield University, the Economist Building, and the "House of the Future." Introductions to groups of projects highlight the Smithsons' ongoing areas of inquiry; each project is accompanied by an original text, photographs, drawings, and plans. The rich and careful documentation on each project ensures that this volume will record the work of these important architects for posterity.
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Alison and Peter Smithson produced one of the most significant and influential bodies of work of the second half of the twentieth century. Their books include Urban Structuring, Ordinariness and Light, Without Rhetoric, The Shift, and Team X Primer. Alison Smithson died in 1993, and Peter Smithson died in 2003, two years after the publication of The Charged Void: Architecture.From Library Journal:
In the late 1940s, architects Peter and Alison Smithson dedicated their partnership to rebuilding a devastated postwar Britain. The Smithsons quickly won international attention as champions of modernist theory and "Brutalist" aesthetics. Ironically, as the century drew to a close, their unwavering egalitarianism and unflagging theoretical rigor marginalized them within a profession increasingly dominated by celebrity architects possessing "signature" styles. Enormously influential as they were with their teaching, writing, and project proposals, their few built works paradoxically helped to fuel the mainstream backlash against classic modernism and its offshoots. Profuse with plans, drawings, and photos, this comprehensive, self-authored catalog of more than 140 projects spanning 1946-95 offers the first opportunity to assess the inexhaustible variety of their total output. The text, where it doesn't bog down in strained metaphors or ambiguous oracular pronouncements, consists mainly of captions. While Modernism Without Rhetoric: Essays on the Work of Alison and Peter Smithson is recommended for a more distanced, critical analysis, this is an important document and wise purchase for academic and professional collections. David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH
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Book Description The Monacelli Press, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1580930506
Book Description The Monacelli Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Neu. neu, noch in Schutzfolie, Versand spätestens am nächsten Werktag 412703 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 2900. Seller Inventory # 385451