Between Brutalists. The Banham Hypothesis and the Smithson Way of Life

  title={Between Brutalists. The Banham Hypothesis and the Smithson Way of Life},
  author={Dirk van den Heuvel},
  journal={The Journal of Architecture},
  pages={293 - 308}
This essay revisits the debates on the New Brutalism as it emerged in Great Britain in the early 1950s. The shifting positions of its main propagators, Alison and Peter Smithson and Reyner Banham, are scrutinised through a re-reading of the polemics of the period and its aftermath. Conventionally, Banham's ground-breaking essay of 1955 ‘The New Brutalism’ is used as a starting-point for a unified history of New Brutalism. However, as it turns out, the Smithsons and Banham held very different… 
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