The Case Study House program (194566) 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 programs chief motivating force was Arts & Architecture editor John Entenza, a champion of modernism who had all the right connections to attract some of architectures 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 architectureAmerican and internationalboth during the programs 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.
Julius Shulman, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, Peter Gössel
Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program