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Author: Alison Margaret Smithson; Peter Smithson; Dirk van den Heuvel; Max Risselada; Beatriz Colomina
Publisher: Rotterdam : 010 Publishers, 2004.
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"Striving to adapt the progressive ideas of the pre-war Modern Movement to the specific human needs of post-war reconstruction, Alison and Peter Smithson were among the most influential and controversial architects of the latter half of the twentieth century. As younger members of CIAM and as founding members of Team 10, they were at the heart of the debate on the future course of modern architecture, and by their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
History
Exhibitions
Expositions
Named Person: Alison Smithson; Peter Smithson; Alison Margaret Smithson; Peter Smithson; Alison Margaret Smithson; Peter Smithson; Alison Smithson; Peter Smithson; Peter Smithson; Alison Smithson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alison Margaret Smithson; Peter Smithson; Dirk van den Heuvel; Max Risselada; Beatriz Colomina
ISBN: 9064505284 9789064505287
OCLC Number: 55514552
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition which opened in the Design Museum, London, in December 2003, after which it traveled to other museums.
Description: 238 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 29 cm
Contents: Introduction. "Just a Few Houses ..." / Dirk van den Heuvel and Max Risselada --
"Picking up, Turning over and Putting with ..." / Dirk van den Heuvel --
Unbreathed Air 1956 / Beatriz Colomina --
Another Shift / Max Risselada --
Urban Structuring: Models for Mass Housing / Dirk van den Heuvel --
Without Rhetoric. Prototypes for the Suburban House / Dirk van den Heuvel --
New Brutalism. Private Commissions / Max Risselada --
The Art of Inhabitation. The Smithson Homes / Max Risselada --
The Shift. Idea Houses / Dirk van den Heuvel --
Conglomerate Ordering. Growing Houses / Max Risselada --
Beatrix Potter's Places / Alison Smithson --
In Praise of Cupboard Doors / Peter Smithson --
Response to the Glut / Peter Smithson --
Put-away Villa / Peter Smithson --
Saint Jerome / Alison Smithson.
Other Titles: From the house of the future to a house of today
Responsibility: edited by Dirk van den Heuvel and Max Risselada ; with contributions by Beatriz Colomina [and others].

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"Striving to adapt the progressive ideas of the pre-war Modern Movement to the specific human needs of post-war reconstruction, Alison and Peter Smithson were among the most influential and controversial architects of the latter half of the twentieth century. As younger members of CIAM and as founding members of Team 10, they were at the heart of the debate on the future course of modern architecture, and by their polemics and designs laid the foundations for the New Brutalism and the 1960's Pop Art Movement. Alison and Peter Smithsons' reputation for controversy rather overshadowed the work at the heart of their architectural philosophy and practice: their designs for houses and their preoccupation with 'dwelling'. Although great admirers of Le Corbusier, they rejected his idea of the dwelling as a 'machine for living'. To the Smithsons, a house was a particular place, which should be suited to its location and able to meet the ordinary requirements of life and to accommodate its inhabitants' individual patterns of use. This book examines the evolution of their approach to the everyday 'art of inhabitation'. It does so by extensively documenting most of their designs for individual dwellings, especially their optimistic House of the Future of 1956 and the series of renovations of and additions to the fairy tale-like 'Hexenhaus' in Germany from the late 1980s onward. Included are essays by Beatriz Colomina, Dirk van den Heuvel and Max Risselada, plus a selections of texts by Alison and Peter Smithson"--Bookjacket.

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