The Case Study House program (1945–1966) was anexceptional, innovative event in the history of American architectureand 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 that could be easily and cheaply constructed during the postwar building boom.
The program’s chief motivating force wasArts & Architectureeditor John Entenza, a champion of modernism who had all the right connections to attract some of architecture’s greatest talents, such asRichard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, andEero Saarinen. Highly experimental, the program generated houses that were designed toredefine the modern home,and had a pronounced influence on architecture—American and international—both during the program’s existence and even to this day.
TASCHEN brings youa retrospective of the entire programwith comprehensive documentation, brilliant photographs from the period and, for the houses still in existence,contemporary photos, as well as extensivefloor plansandsketches.
American photographer Julius Shulman´s images of Californian architecture have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century. A book on modern architecture without Shulman is inconceivable. Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s or Pierre Koenig’s remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friend, Richard Neutra, was first brought to light by Shulman’s photography. The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building’s surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs. Today, a great many of the buildings documented by Shulman have disappeared or been crudely converted, but the thirst for his pioneering images is stronger than ever before.
Author: Elizabheth A. T. Smith
Measurements: 14 x 19.5 cm
Weight: 1.2 kg
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