Case Study Houses

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Redefining The Modern Home: A monumental retrospective of the Case Study Houses program
 

The Case Study House program (1945-66) 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 which may be easily and cheaply constructed all through the postwar building boom.

The program’s chief motivating force was Arts & Architecture editor John Entenza, a champion of modernism who had all of the right connections to attract some of architecture’s greatest talents, such as Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen. Highly experimental, the program generated houses that were designed to re-define the modern home, and thus had a pronounced influence on architecture—American and international—both all through the program’s existence and even to this day.

TASCHEN brings you a monumental retrospective of the entire program with comprehensive documentation, brilliant photographs from the period and, for the houses still in existence, contemporary photos, as well as extensive floor plans and sketches.

 
Text in English, French, and German

The very first thing you notice about Case Study Houses: The Complete CSH Program, 1945-1966 is its size: it’s big. Contained within its 16-inch frame is the history of Arts & Architecture magazine’s famed program created to inspire the building of low-cost modern homes in The us. The brainchild of magazine editor John Entenza, the program drew well-known architects including Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Richard Neutra. Right through the book are spectacular photographs of modernist glass- and patio-filled homes. Some of the homes were built in the Los Angeles area and make wonderful use of the surrounding scenery. A 17-foot-tall front door opens up onto a canal; streamlined Herman Miller furniture fills out a living room that overlooks a breathtaking panorama. Whilst not all of the projects were built, each received a detailed spread in the magazine, including drawings and models. One of the most architectural drawings are lovely, drawn with the movement and fluidity of a master. Included are short biographies of each architect, a provocative epilogue by photographer Julius Shulman, and the reprinted original magazine pages that announce the birth of the Case Study idea. This book is a true gem, and considering its size it’s the Hope diamond. –J.P. Cohen

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