Not Quite Architecture
The British architects Alison Smithson and Peter Smithson were ringleaders of the New Brutalism, active in CIAM and Team 10, and influential in Pop Art. The Smithsons, a long-lived couple who met as architecture students, built only a few buildings but wrote prolifically throughout their joint careers, leaving a body of writings about issues in architecture and urbanism. They also take up subjects that are "not quite architecture" -- including fashion design, graphic communication, and children's tales. (This phrase was used by Alison Smithson when writing for the Architects' Journal) This book explores the Smithsons' writings -- books, articles, lectures, unpublished manuscripts, and private papers. Using the language of modern architectural history -- especially that of postwar England, the author examines the Smithsons and other London architects who were at the center of the richest possible range of cultural encounters. Boyer considers the cultural contexts in which they formed and wrote about their ideas.
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