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Case Study Houses: 1945-1966: The California Impetus (Taschen Basic Architecture) [Paperback]

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The Case Study House program (1945-1966) was an innovative event in the history of American architecture. Highly experimental, the program generated houses that were designed to redefine the modern home. This guide includes projects featured in the XL version, with over 150 photos and plans and a map of where the houses are (or were) located.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 7.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822846171  
ISBN13  9783822846179  

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More About Elizabeth A. T. Smith

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth A.T. Smith has been Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, since 1998. Previously, she was curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she curated exhibitions and public programs in art and architecture since 1983. Her many noteworthy projects include co-curating Cindy Sherman: Retrospective and At the End of the Century: One Hundred Years of Architecture.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Modern
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History
3Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > State & Local - By State > California
4Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Home Design > General
5Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles > Residential
6Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > General
7Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Reference

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Great Value for Introduction to Case Study Houses  Jun 30, 2008
I think this book is an incredible value. Wonderfully satisfying photos for the price. The designs are still very inspirational for Mid-Century Modern fans. I love the series and intend to buy the other editions in the near future.
The Case Study Houses -- The Complete CSH Program 1945 - 1966 by Taschen is a wonderful, comprehensive study of some of the best of the archetectural projects created from this time period. The principal photography by Julius Shulman is breathtaking and some of the original, vintage photos are presented on two pages within the huge book. When open, this jumbo edition is almost a yard across and at 34" is nearly overwhelming...and by some, too large to handle.
The text is well written, informative and easy to comprehend. It describes, in detail, the development of these ultra modern homes located in the Los Angeles area of California which mostly use metal, concrete and glass. All of the materials were derived from various industrial usages and were considered new in the home building area, and innovative to say the least.
Combined with the text and the extraordinary photographs, this book is destined to become a collector's item in the future and well worth the investment.
please--give me a break  Jun 20, 2007
Ok, Ok, there's a beautiful, gigantic, definitive book on the Case Study Houses at $136. Then there's this small, slick little book, presenting each and every case study house, in order, editorially excellent through and through. An outstanding summary of an under-documented era of modern architecture, one with a crucially democratic agenda. $9.99. The book itself represents the case study ethic--great design at a price VERY within reach.
Not a difficult choice. Highly recommended.
Great Buy for the Price  May 15, 2007
This is visually interesting as well as informative. Those interested in mid-century architecture will enjoy this concise book.
Classic American Style  Mar 14, 2007
Optimism is the prevailing theme of the Case Study Houses. The unerring faith that the future is the brightest it can possibly be. Each house profiled in this book shouts this theme loudly and proudly! Taschen has put together a loving yet compact introduction to the Case Study Houses. If you love architecture, design or mid-century modern style, this book is a must have for your collection.

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