In Search of a Utopia of the Present 1953-1981
Edited by Max Risselada and Dirk van den Heuvel. Essays by Kenneth Frampton, Jos Bosman, Christine Boyer, Tom Avermaete, Zeynep Celik and Ben Highmore.
Team 10, 1953-1981 brings together the complete history of this influential European architectural fellowship for the first time, delving into hitherto closed collections and archives, and bringing readers formerly unavailable documents and the insights that come with them. From the mid-1950s well into the 1970s, the ongoing debate on Modern architecture and the city found new life in this crowd of young architects spun off from Le Corbusier's influential Congr┐s Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM). The members of Team 10 had assembled as a subgroup within CIAM, but soon began to hold their own meetings. Their lively crowd--which included Dutch architects Aldo van Eyck and Jaap Bakema, Alison and Peter Smithson from the UK, Giancarlo de Carlo from Italy, and Georges Candilis and Shadrach Woods from France--debated the architect's role in issues of modernization, the welfare state and consumer society. Their influential and inspiring exchanges were often sparked by the members' also influential and inspiring projects. Team 10 left a body of thought and work that still speaks to architectural practice today, and will for generations. Team 10, 1953-1981 opens with an abundantly illustrated survey of the group's meetings, events, and projects, includes essays from leading scholars on its work and its legacy, and concludes with a series of interviews with former Team 10 members--an unparalleled self-portrait of the group.