CAIRO BOOKS's Description
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