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Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966

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An unprecedented event in architecture history, the Case Study Houses program gave America new models for residential living. This comprehensive account of the project presents each of the 36 prototype homes through floor plans, sketches, and photographs, and explores how architects like Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen redefined the Los Angeles landscape and the modern home.
Hardcover13.1 x 10.1 in.7.51 lb440 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
“...long and lean, just like a cantilevered Koenig or an elegant Ellwood.”
“Thirty of the projects from the magazine's Case Study program are portrayed in stunning photographs, detailed drawings, and clear essays.”
The Architect's Newspaper
“The large book lushly renders each project in colour and in gorgeous black, sepia and white.”
The Architectural Review
“You need a California workout to lift it, but the book, an exhaustive homage to the houses, is worth the effort.”
The New York Times
“Lavishly produced, handsomely illustrated.”
Los Angeles Times
Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966

Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966


Redefining the Modern Home

A monumental retrospective of the Case Study Houses program

The Case Study House program (1945–66) 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 thus had a pronounced influence on architecture—American and international—both during the program’s existence and even to this day.

TASCHEN brings you a monumental 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
Hardcover33.2 x 25.7 cm3.41 kg440 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-1021-9

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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7 Ratings

A fascinating collection of ideas, stories and inspirational visuals

T,October 28, 2021
For someone who just moved to a new apartment which needs to be renovated, I could not imagine a different book to provide me with inspiration for what I might want do to with the new place. This book combines a very rich and dense textual material with an incredibly high quality photos. I would recommend this book to everyone who is looking for inspiration for their renovation project, anyone who either studies architecture or design or to those who want to enrich their library further.

Elegant Display of Mid-Century Houses

Ilari A.,October 28, 2021
What a wonderful project it was to build exemplary houses as case studies. This book gives a thorough insight into the thinking process and the resulting houses from a time where design seems to have been at its peak.

lo recomiendo

Victoria,October 27, 2021
lo recomiendo si te dedicas a la arquitectura, muy útil

tolles Buch

Marc,November 12, 2021
Ich habe das Buch "Case Study Houses" vor kurzem als Geburtstagsgeschenk für einen meiner besten Freunde erworben. Als es dann ankam war die Neugierde so groß, dass ich es erstmal selbst ganz vorsichtig durchgeblättert habe. Fazit: Würde mir das Maschinenbau-Studium nicht ganz so gut gefallen, so würde ich jetzt vermutlich zu Architektur wechseln. Das Buch ist wirklich sehr schön gemacht und zu der Qualität muss man nicht viel sagen. Ist halt ein Taschen Buch.


Javier,November 2, 2021
Muy buen libro. Muy claro, y con mucha información, no solo grafica sino también escrita. La calidad de impresión es la que nos tiene acostumbrado Taschen, un 10. En fin, un libro espectacular que debería ser obligatorio en la escuela de arquitectura para volver a construir como antes, o al menos tomar ideas de los espacios que se generaban.

Sehr gut

Timo,October 27, 2021
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