Publisher's description: From 1946 to 1973, Whitney
Rowland Smith and his partner, Wayne Williams, designed more than 800
projects, from residential, commercial, and public buildings to housing
tracts, multi-use complexes, and parks and master plans for cities.
Working in the wake of the first generation of avant-garde architects in
Southern California and riding the postwar building boom, their firm,
Smith and Williams, developed a pragmatic modernism that, through
remarkable planning and design, integrated landscapes with buildings and
decisively shaped the modern vocabulary of architecture in Los Angeles.
Through a breathtaking array of images, Outside In unveils the core of
Smith and Williams's architectural practice. Their most influential
designs, the authors show, are compositions of balanced opposites:
shelter and openness, private and public, restraint and exuberance,
light and shadow. Smith and Williams created spaciousness in their
buildings by layering spaces and manipulating the relationship between
structure and landscape. This spaciousness expressed modern ideas about
the relationship of architecture to environment, of building to site,
and, ultimately, of outside to in.