London: Studio Vista, 1967. First edition. Original Wraps. Octavo, pp. 96, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. From intro: "This is not a mere catalogue of the works of two brilliant young architects, but the presentation of a set of ideas about architecture and town planning." Very Good. Item #20262
The Smithsons' aim is to examine various patterns of association and identity in urbanism. They themselves were very conscious that their work started with an attempt at a redefinition of the simple house/street problem; and that, in spite of their wider-ranging later projects, no satisfactory application of the 'house idea' to the new life-style that is emerging has yet shown itself. The reason for this remains as elusive as ever. This book, with its sketch drawings, plans and photographs, will enable people other than architects to get an insight into what until now has been a dialogue among professionals.