Just spotted this on the upcoming list – Alison and Peter Smithson by Mark Crinson.
Part of the Twentieth Century Architects series by Historic England, it isa 144-page publication and interestingly, the first overview of the career of Alison and Peter Smithson.
Not the longest of books but one that looks to pack a lot in, from ‘their first youthful project’ of the school at Hunstanton to their final works, always interesting and often controversial.
The book is structured thematically and chronologically, with a narrative of the Smithsons’ work and ideas and features on key buildings including the Economist complex, the Garden building at St Hilda’s College, and the Robin Hood Gardens estate. There’s also a look at unbuilt projects, including substantial work for the British embassy at Brasilia and the Kuwait mat-building and some lesser-known constructions that might have slipped under the radar. All of which is backed up by new colour images as well as original drawings and historic photography.
Basically, if you have an interest in the Smithsons’ work, you probably want to consider this. Available to pre-order now, it sells for £30.