Oct 2017

Walks within the walls

Peter Smithson’s ‘walks within the walls' were originally conducted in September 1966 and published in the October 1969 issue of Architectural Design.

With an introduction by Simon Smithson, Peter Smithson’s original walks have now been revised and reprinted by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Bath Preservation Trust, with the permission of the Smithson Family Collection and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

'Walks within the walls' takes its readers on a physical and philosophical journey around the historic streets of Bath as they flow into the natural landscape surrounding the city. Yet, this is a publication that is as much about modernity as it is about the past. The walks encourage us to slow down, think and look, as Smithson did in 1966. They reveal the originality of form, the ingenuity of designers and the understanding of materials that illustrates the innovation of the 18th and early 19th century. Through his eyes we see not a static city of a frozen past, but a ‘live shell’ that has much to teach and inspire our ideas of current and future design.

The book can be bought via The Bath Preservation Trust  and will be launched at the Alison and Peter Smithson: Ideas, Impact, Architecture Symposium on 4 November.

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Walks within the walls