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Case Study Houses: 1945-1962 Paperback – January 1, 1977
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Other than brief introductory material, a conclusion, and biographies of the involved architects, McCoy’s sole focus is the buildings and projects, which she divides into three categories: “The First Five Years: 1945-1949,” “Steel Takes Over: 1950-1960,” and “Toward Community Planning: After 1960.” Not all entries receive the same amount of coverage. Information given for the houses includes the designer(s), location, lot size, square footage, number of rooms and room types, materials, photos during construction and after completion, plans, detail drawings, and written explanations. The photos make up the bulk of the book. Most of the construction photos show the steel-frame houses. Nothing is printed in color, except for the jacket/cover. For this reason, if you’re not planning to buy Taschen’s big book, you might want to buy the 96-page book as a companion.
I have given the book four stars because even in the first edition some of the plans are not clear and/or have line work missing.
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...Read more ›
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I have many books on the Case study homes but I like this book the best. the drawings and photos are informative.Published 9 months ago by Lauri in oregon