Case Study Houses

1945-1966, the California Impetus

Case Study Houses
The pioneering project that brought modernism to the masses The Case Study House program (1945-1966) was an exceptional, innovative, and unique event in the history of American architecture. Concentrated on the Los Angeles area, the program oversaw the design of 36 prototype homes, and sought to make available plans for modern residences that could be built easily and cheaply during the postwar building boom. This highly experimental program generated designs that would redefine the modern home, and its profound influence on architecture--American and international--was evident during the program's existence and remains so today. This compact guide includes all the projects featured in our XL edition, with over 150 photos and plans, and a map showing the locations of all the Case Study Houses, including those no longer existing. About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Architecture Series features: an introduction to the life and work of the architect the major works in chronological order information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)

Publisher: Hong Kong ; Los Angeles : Taschen, 2009
Edition: 25th anniversary special ed
ISBN: 3836513013
Branch Call Number: 728.0979 S6465c 2009
Characteristics: 96 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps ;,31 cm
Additional Contributors: Goessel, Peter
Shulman, Julius


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Starting in 1945, Arts and Architecture magazine asked a series of renowned architects to design low-cost, experimental prototype houses for their Case Study House Program. This book profiles all 28 Case Study houses (and two apartments!) with historical photos and drawings.

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