Architect: Alison Smithson

Hexenhaus (2021) – Review
‘The Forest that Built the House’

Hexenhaus (2021) – Review
‘The Forest that Built the House’

By Paul Clarke

There are two drawings for me that are significant in understanding the work of the Smithsons. Both are of Upper Lawn [1]. One is a drawing made by Peter Smithson of their Solar Pavilion in elevation, the other by Alison Smithson in plan. The first drawing places the pavilion against… Read More

Jesús Vassallo’s Epics in the Everyday (2019): Review & Excerpt

Jesús Vassallo’s Epics in the Everyday (2019): Review & Excerpt

By Helen Thomas

Review The compelling question of reality, or rather its representation as realism presented as an aesthetic category, acts as the organising principle of this interesting book. This is an investigation of the relationship between photography, architecture and the problem of realism, as its subtitle explains. Its author, Jesús Vassallo, immediately… Read More

Jessie Brennan

Jessie Brennan

By Olivia Horsfall Turner

An image These drawings are an act of imagination. Like stills from the filmed footage of a detonation, in each frame a building slumps further down the viewfinder: present, going, going… gone. Or so it seems. On closer inspection, it emerges that the building is still there. It is in… Read More