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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
The Charged Void: Urbanism is the companion volume to The Charged Void:
Architecture ; the two together comprise the complete works of Alison and Peter
Smithson. For the designers, architecture and urbanism were inseparable:
buildings encapsulate urban ideas; urban systems are the means by which
buildings function effectively. This second book collects both urban and
architectural designs that have specific implications for city form into
fourteen thematic chapters: the Team X Doorn Manifesto with its worked examples
(Close Houses, Fold Houses, Terraced Crescent Houses); large-scale designs such
as the Berlin Hauptstadt, Hamburg Steilshoop, and the Kuwait Urban Form Study;
and built manifestations of urban ideas, notably the Economist Building of
1959-64. More than a collection of work, The Charged Void: Urbanism represents
a record of a focused thought process concerned with the qualities of urban
life—a thoughtful and witty collection of observations, decipherings, and
recommendations for understanding and improving the complex nature of the city.