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Peter was only 26 and Alison, his new wife and former student, a mere 21 years old. He itemised its leaking roofs, cracking glass panels, extreme temperatures in summer and winter, horrendous sound transmission and other practical shortcomings. Even the famous wash-basin drain outlets hovering above the gulley had previously been done by Banister Fletcher at his Brentford Gillette Factory in But as a work of architecture, it was a rare glimmer of hope for architects wishing to reconstruct a post-war Britain in the modern idiom.

But after Hunstanton, their principal achievements consisted of rhetoric and polemic: words and images rather than buildings. These achievements were as considerable as they were enduring, however. The Smithsons defined the New Brutalism as Banham cheered them on from the sidelines, post-rationalising Hunstanton to be its first built example in search of his architecture autre. This group is credited with the invention of Pop Art primarily via their fascination with mostly American popular culture such as adverts, comics and movies, and a willingness to not only take them seriously but to raise them to the level of art.

This was by no means just a Smithson project as they were aided and abetted by an international contingent of young architects including Aldo van Eyck, John Voelcker and Giancarlo De Carlo. Man-eating Pidgeon first noticed Peter in the Mediterranean at the 9th CIAM congress at Aix-en-Provence in because he was having trouble maintaining his modesty in the woollen trunks Alison had knitted for him.

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Urban structuring: studies of Alison & Peter Smithson

They disagreed with the ideals of Le Corbusier and the Athens charter; what they felt was lacking was identity, a concept discussed at length throughout the book. The book is a series of case studies in roughly chronological order. Each project is thoroughly illustrated and described in relation to a number of themes, which form the 14 chapters of the book. Some of these themes are reiterated in the chapter titles, showing consistency to the principles followed by the Smithsons throughout their working life.

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Estructura Urbana - Alison y Peter Smithson

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