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Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966. 40th Ed.

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The Case Study House program was a landmark of American architecture, generating 36 prototype home designs that could be easily built. John Entenza recruited the era’s best architects, such as Richard Neutra, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, to create the designs. This book reveals the prototypes in photography, floor plans,and sketches.
Hardcover6.1 x 8.5 in.2.45 lb512 pages

“Once you hold it in your hands, you immediately want to get a martini and sit by one of the pools.”

“If buildings were people, those in Julius Shulman’s photographs would be Grace Kelly: classically elegant, intriguingly remote.”
“The complete CSH program portrayed in stunning photos, detailed drawings, and clear essays.”
Architectural Review
Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966. 40th Ed.

Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966. 40th Ed.


The Modern Home

A complete retrospective of the Case Study Houses program

The Case Study House program (1945–1966) was an exceptional, innovative event in the history of American architecture and 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 was Arts & Architecture editor John Entenza, a champion of modernism who had all the right connections to attract some of architecture’s greatest talents, such as Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen. Highly experimental, the program generated houses that were designed to redefine 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 you a retrospective of the entire program with comprehensive documentation, brilliant photographs from the period and, for the houses still in existence, contemporary photos, as well as extensive floor plans and sketches.
The photographer

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.

The author

Elizabeth A. T. Smith is Executive Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, based in New York. Previously, she was Executive Director, Curatorial Affairs, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto; Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. While at LA MOCA she curated the 1989 exhibition Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses. She has curated, published, and lectured widely on a variety of topics in contemporary art and architecture.

The editor

Peter Gössel runs an agency for museum and exhibition design. He has published TASCHEN monographs on Julius Shulman, R. M. Schindler, John Lautner, and Richard Neutra, as well as several titles in the Basic Architecture series.

Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966. 40th Ed.
Hardcover15.6 x 21.7 cm1.11 kg512 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-8787-7

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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Edgar B.,October 27, 2021
Once I began looking through this amazing book, it only took me a few seconds to realize it would become THE go-to book of a lifetime. The book exhibits all the TASCHEN quality one would expect from the material used in publishing this impressive tome. The use of early sketches and blueprints, landscape elevations, B&W photography and beautifully rendered color photos of the Case Study Houses makes this book the hub of knowledge when it comes to this architectural genre. OUTSTANDING!

Große Architektur zu kleinem Preis

Thomas,November 12, 2021
Dieser Band versammelt die Reihe der außergewöhnlichen Case Study Houses, die in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts in Amerika errichtet wurden. Dabei sind vor allem die zeitgenössischen Architekturaufnahmen sowie die damals publizierten Texte des Magazins Arts & Architecture sehr aufschlussreich. Die Qualität dieses Buches is hervorragend, besonders in Anbetracht des erschwinglichen Preises.