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  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Hennessey & Ingalls; 2 edition (January 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912158719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912158716
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 10.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book made me aware of how visions of residential space has changed over the decades (such as the fact that family homes were often equipped with only two bedrooms). I enjoyed having the addresses on these homes listed in this paperback also -- now I can take an architectural tour on my own. More importantly, I learned the legacy of Arts & Architecture, the now defunct magazine that made the Case Study project possible.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brett E. Schryver on October 28, 2006
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I completely forgotten about the Case study houses and how much they have influenced how we live today...til I read this book.

Back in 1945, John Entenza's Arts & Architecture magazine, commissioned major architects of the day, to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers.

The houses are amazing to say the least - and although the book has only black & white photo's, they are the original photo's when the houses were first built - so you see what the the architects (Like Richard Neutra, Charles & Ray Eames for example) were experimenting with - materials from wood to steel to even plastic...creating open planned abodes with floor to ceiling doors & windows opening up these dwellings to natural light and views of the surrounds... or to the new to patio or terraces..from bedrooms with built in robes and furniture...to kitchens with all mod conds and bench seating...to ensuite bathrooms with double vanities...to open fireplaces, sunken rooms and split level floors - all of which we take for granted today...the indoor and outdoor blended, and the home started to take form and life ( or should I say 'lifestyle') of it's own - not just a art deco or colonial or Spanish mission revival box - it became a living functional machine...

The program ran from 1945 until the mid 60's. Most of the houses were built in California. The case study houses in their time started basic and pure, but ended up costly and a luxury item for rich americans.

It exploded the idea of the traditional house - and the way we interact with it...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Hill on August 23, 2009
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I remember seeing this book on my mother's coffee table as a child. It was not this one it was the more expensive hardback edition. I wish this book was a required read for home builders these days they could have learned a lot about personal style and function just by understanding what the Case Study Houses were all about. I mainly purchased this book because of my dream home "Case study house 22". It was amazing how well written this book was although it did not give too much information as to how much the houses cost to build back then and more detailed pictures it was a enjoyable read. There are more books that have color pictures but they just don't have as many pictures as this one.
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