The Space Between

Alison and Peter Smithson

British architects and urbanists Alison and Peter Smithson first rose to prominence in the 1950s and their work is commonly associated with New Brutalism. Many of their ideas, social, architectural, and urban, profoundly influenced generations of practitioners, students, and academics.

The Smithsons shifted the focus of architecture and urbanism to forms shaped by unique characteristics of particular places, specific patterns of human association, requirements imposed by modern transport networks, and the changing implications of nature and climate.

The Space Between is the third part of the collected works of the iconic architects, and it is complementary to the volumes The Charged Void: Architecture and The Charged Void: Urbanism respectively published in 2001 and 2005.

While the Charged Void books deal with the built and unbuilt projects realised over the years provided with short comments, The Space Between is an architectural text book, richly illustrated, mostly with drawings and photographs by the Smithsons themselves.

This book can be considered as a summary of their thinking as architects since the beginning of their career, mainly trying to grasp the identity of places by observations of daily life, developing what they liked to call ‘a sensibility of place’. Arguably, the Smithsons work pioneered thinking into ‘urban ecologies‘.

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