Alison and Peter Smithson
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        15 Jun 2018
        10721822
        10721822

        Main Summary

          This is the first overview of the career of Alison and Peter Smithson, the most controversial yet most widely-influential of post-war architectural practices. From their first youthful project, the school at Hunstanton, to their final works, they epitomised the idea of the avant-garde architect, and were strongly engaged with artists and critics and with groups and tendencies in Britain and beyond. Structured thematically and chronologically, the book gives a coherent and compact narrative of the Smithsons’ work and ideas. As well as all of the major buildings – including the Economist complex, the Garden building at St Hilda’s College, and the Robin Hood Gardens estate – the book also discusses unbuilt projects, including substantial work for the British embassy at Brasilia and the Kuwait mat-building. It culminates with the less well-known factory additions, museum and house for Axel Bruchhäuser, a furniture manufacturer in Germany. Central to their work, Mark Crinson argues, was a concern with belonging, with how we identify ourselves with places in a context of change. Lavishly illustrated with new colour images as well as original drawings and historic photography, this book is an essential read for architects, students and enthusiasts for modernism wanting to learn more about the Smithsons.

          Additional Information

          Series

          Twentieth Century Architects

          Author

          Mark Crinson

          Author Information

          Mark Crinson is Professor of Architectural History at Birkbeck College, London.

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          240mm

          Number of Illustrations

          105

          Number of Pages

          144

          ISBN

          9781848023529

          Contents

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