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Case Study Houses

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With 36 prototype designs, the Case Study House program created paradigms for modern living that would extend their influence far beyond their Los Angeles heartland. This essential introduction features 150 photographs and plans to explore each of these model residences and their architects, including Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen.
Hardcover8.3 x 10.2 in.1.25 lb96 pages
Case Study Houses

Case Study Houses


Introducing the Case Study Houses program

Pioneering designs for affordable postwar homes

The Case Study House program (1945–1966) was a unique event in the history of American architecture. Sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, the program sought to respond to the postwar building boom with prototype modern homes that could be both easily replicated and readily affordable to the average American.

Concentrated on the Los Angeles area, the Case Study Houses included 36 model homes commissioned from such major architects of the day as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen, A. Quincy Jones, and Ralph Rapson. Their criteria included “using, as far as is practicable, many war-born techniques and materials best suited to the expression of man’s life in the modern world.”

The results of the program would redefine the modern home and extend influence not only across the United States but around the world. This compact guide includes all of the Case Study Houses with over 150 photos and plans, as well as a map showing locations of all sites, including those that no longer exist.
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
Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.57 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-3559-5

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-3560-1

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-7082-4

Edition: Spanish
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Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture series features:
• an introduction to the life and work of the architect
• the major works in chronological order
• information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
• a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
• approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts, and plans)



6 Ratings

Finest american architecture

Anonymous,October 27, 2021
This book contains the majority of the works and projects developed according to this famous architectural movement. The quality of the book is excellent and so its content. I definetely recommend it for each future architect or architecture lover.

Case Study Houses

Rohan,October 27, 2021
A beautiful Taschen hardback at a great price. This series never disappoints and looks great as a collection or individually.

Lovely Book

Daniel,October 27, 2021
Great book will lovely images. If you like mid century architecture, you will like this book

Very useful

Emanuele,October 27, 2021
For inspiration

Bret L.,March 25, 2024

Imprescindible, un libro que sintetiza las CSH

Luis,April 29, 2022
No aborda profusamente todo el movimiento CSH pero eso es lo bueno, que es un resumen de lo esencial, con fotografías muy buenas y representativas. Lo recomiendo.