Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966
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A monumental retrospective of the Case Study House project
A monumental retrospective of the Case Study Houses program
The "Case Study House Project" (1945-66) was an extraordinary, innovative and, to this day, unique event in the history of American architecture. It focused on the Los Angeles area and envisaged the design of 36 prototypes that would enable the simple, inexpensive construction of modern residential buildings during the post-war construction boom.
The driving force behind this project was John Entenza, the editor of Arts & Architecture and a champion of modernism, whose connections brought in talents such as Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen. The highly experimental project produced homes that would redefine modern living and had a significant impact on American and international architecture, both in its day and even today.
This book is a monumental retrospective of the entire project, with comprehensive documentation, excellent photographs from the time it was built and current photos of the still existing houses, as well as detailed floor plans and sketches.
His images of Californian architecture are burned deep into the memory of the 20th century. A book about modern architecture without the American photographer Julius Shulman is unthinkable. Some of his architectural photos, such as the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright or Pierre Koenig's remarkable buildings, have been published countless times. It was Shulman's photographs that first highlighted the greatness of the buildings of, for example, Charles Eames or his close friend Richard Neutra. His work contributed to architectural photography developing into an independent art form. Each of Shulman's images reflects his particular perception of buildings and his understanding of their place in the landscape. His compositions reveal not only the architectural idea behind the surface of a building, but also the dreams and hopes of an entire era. Although no people are usually present in his photographs, there is always something human about them. Many of the buildings Shulman documented have disappeared or been remodeled in poor style, but demand for his images is stronger than ever.
Elizabeth AT Smith is Executive Director of the New York-based Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. Previously, she was executive director of curatorial affairs at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto; senior curator and associate program director at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, where she oversaw the 1989 exhibition Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses. She has organized a large number of exhibitions, published writings on contemporary art and architecture and given lectures on them.
Peter Gössel runs an agency for museum and exhibition design. For TASCHEN he has published monographs on Julius Shulman, RM Schindler, John Lautner and Richard Neutra as well as several architectural titles in the Small Series.
Hardcover, 33.2 x 25.7 cm, 440 pages
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Brand: Taschen Verlag
Hardcover, 33.2 x 25.7 cm, 440 pages
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