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Arts & Architecture 1945-49


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Ambitious and engaged, Arts & Architecture magazine celebrated change and innovation across politics, society and especially culture. This selection from the magazine's first five years features the complete covers and has a special focus on the groundbreaking Case Study House Program, one of the most unique and influential events in the history of American architecture.
Hardcover9.8 x 12.6 in.7.79 lb632 pages
Arts & Architecture 1945-49

Arts & Architecture 1945-49


The best years of our lives

How Arts & Architecture paved the way in post-war construction and culture

From the end of World War II until the mid-1960s, exciting things were happening in American architecture. Emerging talents were focusing on innovative projects that integrated at once modern design and low-cost materials. The trend was most notably embodied in the famous Case Study House Program, a blueprint for modern habitation championed by the era’s leading American journal, Arts & Architecture.

The complete facsimile of the ambitious and groundbreaking Arts & Architecture was published by TASCHEN in 2008 as a limited edition. This new curation—directed and produced by Benedikt Taschen—brings together all the covers and the highlights from the first five years of the legendary magazine, with a special focus on the Case Study House Program and its luminary pioneers including Neutra, Schindler, Saarinen, Ellwood, Lautner, Eames, and Koenig.

A celebration of the first brave years of a politically, socially and culturally engaged publication, this special selection is also a testimony to one of the most unique and influential events in the history of American architecture.
The author

David F. Travers is the former editor and publisher of Arts & Architecture, which he ran from 1962 until 1967. He was a consultant for architects, including The Architects Collaborative, William Pereira, Charles and Ray Eames, and Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall. He was also a founding member of Action for a Better Los Angeles, and served as president of the Architectural Guild at the University of Southern California. He lives in Santa Monica.

Arts & Architecture 1945-49
Hardcover25 x 32 cm3.53 kg632 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-5102-1

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German, Spanish)
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4 Ratings

Fantastic - so where's the next volume?

Michael M.,March 27, 2024
I have this volume as well as the complete reprints from 1945-1954, but most of the time I find myself referring to this volume for anything I'm looking for in the 1945-1949 period. Please, please, please - can we have a 1950-1954 volume? I'm sure some of the books of naughty pictures could wait for just a moment!

Mid Century Modern fan?

Justin,November 7, 2021
Some of the greatest Mid Century Modern homes were created for the Case Study program. John Entenza, publisher of "Arts & Architecture" magazine, was one of the people that helped push the MCM esthetic and art to the average post-WW2 American public This Taschen book is a fantastic collection of the 1945-49 magazines. It's a great coffee table book that you can just pick up and flip to any page and learn and be inspired. The quality of printing, just like any Taschen book, is perfect.

Behzad B.,March 18, 2024

Arts & Architecture

Philippe,April 13, 2022
Quelle déception ! Quelle ne fût pas ma surprise en recevant le Arts & Architecture que j'avais commandé en multilingue en espérant que celui-ci m'apprendrait encore beaucoup de choses sur les CSH. Le livre reprend tous les magasines sorties durant les 5 premières années, bien-sûr en anglais, mais ne présente aucunes traduction en quelque langue que se soit.