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Case Study Houses: 1945-1966: The California Impetus (Taschen Basic Architecture)

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The pioneering project that sought to bring modernism to the masses The Case Study House program (1945 1966) was an exceptional, innovative event in the history of American architecture and remains to this day unique. The program, which concentrated on the Los Angeles area and oversaw the design of 36 prototype homes, sought to make available plans for modern residences th ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Taschen (first published February 2002)
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Sep 17, 2008 Sean rated it liked it
A nice little overview of the Case Study House program started by Arts & Architecture magazine in the 1940's. Each house (and there are many more than I had originally realized) is given a small description citing major innovations, interesting or unusual facts or features, and how it fit into the overall arc of the program. The text is accompanied by floor plans, original renderings by the architects, and photographs taken for publication shortly after construction. The book only touches br ...more
Jul 07, 2010 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-gallery
America took a radical turn architecturally after the Second World War and boy, does this book emphasize that point. Julius Shulman’s camerawork makes Southern California look like some isolated planet, illustrating intergalactic deserts and mountainsides around the mostly rectangular homes. The architect’s blueprints/designs of the homes are also quite an eyeful. One home even had a heliport designed for the rooftop!
Of all the designers in the book I was the most partial to Charles Eames, who
Jan 12, 2010 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: utopia
The future of the past is an amazing place to be. In the 1945 Arts and Architecture magazine instituted a project that re-imagined the post war home. Architects were asked to design homes that used industrial materials to make homes that are simple but beautiful. 28 houses and 2 apartments were designed, most built in the Los Angeles area. This book is a testament to the bright sense of possibility post-war America held with it, allowing visionaries to re-think and redesign this present world.
Gacanti Swastika
Nov 06, 2015 Gacanti Swastika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i absolutely love this book!! this one is a true catch, pencil manual drawings and all the ideas of famous houses by architects whom i admire. it's nice to learn how they think and design. although my idea on design and how to create space and environment is 100% opposite of true modernism, but it's still nice to see
Jan 11, 2014 Dan rated it liked it
A reasonable little introduction. It seemed to me that the photography could have been updated in many cases. The book would be greatly improved if the photography could have reflected the major design features discussed in the text.
Christoph Weber
Das Buch bist recht günstig zu bekommen, das ist gut, denn der Inhalt ist doch minimalistisch. Pro Haus maximal drei Seiten... nicht, dass die Häuser heutzutage noch so passend wären. Oder gar für Österreichs Klima
Gary Gilbert
Apr 03, 2016 Gary Gilbert rated it it was amazing
Nice short synopsis on each house with pictures and drawings of the structures.
Jan 07, 2009 Tarin rated it it was amazing
wonderful ~simplistic~ mosern architecture! I like this stuff!
Dec 24, 2007 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I love house porn.
the gift
this is why i ever wanted to be an architect
J. Mark
Nov 17, 2007 J. Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mid-century design, fans of big-ass books!
Shelves: coffeetable
A beautiful, beautiful, beautiful huge retrospective of the major contributors to the residence design trend we now call mid-century modernism. I drool over every house in this book.
Aug 22, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing view of what American architecture could have been. Favorite book from a collection point ov view.
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