Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses

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Winner of the 1999 Philip Johnson Award presented by the Society of Architectural Historians. essays by Reyner Banham, Dolores Hayden, Thomas Hine, Thomas S. Hines, Esther McCoy, Helen Searing, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, and Kevin Starr

One of Southern California's most significant contributions to modern architecture was the Case Study House program sponsored by John Entenza's Art & Architecture magazine. Between 1945 and 1966, thirty-six experimental prototypes were designed ...

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Winner of the 1999 Philip Johnson Award presented by the Society of Architectural Historians. essays by Reyner Banham, Dolores Hayden, Thomas Hine, Thomas S. Hines, Esther McCoy, Helen Searing, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, and Kevin Starr

One of Southern California's most significant contributions to modern architecture was the Case Study House program sponsored by John Entenza's Art & Architecture magazine. Between 1945 and 1966, thirty-six experimental prototypes were designed and the majority built. Featuring some of the most important architects of the region and generation—including Charles Eames, Craig Ellwood, A. Quincy Jones, Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra, and Raphael Soriano—the program reflected the modernist goal of reinventing the house as a way of redefining living. A number of the essayists in the book suggest that what made the houses distinctive and influential was not so much their International Style modernism as how that style was domesticated and scaled to the single-family house. . . and how it forecast what came to be known as the California lifestyle.

In addition to the eight main essays, the book, which was based on a 1989-1990 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, contains entries by the exhibition curator, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, and research assistant Amelia Jones on the thirty-six Case Study projects, documentation of six projects commissioned by MOCA, biographies of the thirty architects involved in the program, and a wealth of photographs, drawings, plans, and scale models.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780262692137
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments 9
Introduction: Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses 13
Arts & Architecture Case Study Houses 15
The Thirty-Six Case Study Projects 41
Case Study Trouve: Sources and Precedents, Southern California, 1920-1942 83
Case Study Houses: In the Grand Modern Tradition 107
The Case Study Program and the Impending Future: Some Regional Considerations 131
Arts & Architecture and the Los Angeles Vanguard 145
The Search for the Postwar House 167
Klarheit, Ehrlichkeit, Einfachkeit ... and Wit Too!: The Case Study Houses in the World's Eyes 183
Model Houses for the Millions: Architects' Dreams, Builders' Boasts, Residents' Dilemmas 197
Extending the Case Study Concept: Newly Commissioned Works 213
Adele Naude Santos 214
Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung 216
Eric Owen Moss 218
Itsuko Hasegawa 220
Toyo Ito 222
Robert Mangurian 224
Biographies 227
Chronology 240
Bibliography 251
Index 253
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