BLUEPRINTS FOR MODERN LIVING: HISTORY AND LEGACY OF THE CASE STUDY HOUSES
Los Angeles & Cambridge, MA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles & MIT Press., 1989, First MIT Press Paperback Edition. (ISBN: 0-914357-18-2) Pictorial Self-Wrappers, Oblong 4to, 256pp, profusely illustrated in duotone. Designed by Lorraine Wild. This is the elegant catalogue published in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles' ambitious 1989 exhibition, "Blueprints for Modern Living". It contains essays by Reyner Banham, Dolores Hayden, Thomas Hine, Thomas S. Hines, Esther McCoy, Helen Searing, and Kevin Starr as well as entries by curator, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, and research assistant Amelia Jones on the thirty-six historic Case Study Houses commissioned by John Entenza and "Arts + Architecture" Magazine. It also includes documentation of six new projects sponsored by MoCA at the time of the show in the spirit of the CSH program. Each of the innovative houses designed between 1945 and 1966 is profiled in depth with drawings, blueprints, and photographs (many by Julius Shulman). The participating architects were Richard J. Neutra, Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Craig Ellwood, Pierre Koenig, Raphael Soriano, J.R. Davidson, Ralph Rapson, Whitney R. Smith, Sumner Spaulding and John Rex, Rodney A. Walker, Thornton Abell, Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland Jr., William Wilson Wurster and Theodore Bernardi, Buff, Straub and Hensman, Killingsworth, Brady and Smith, A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, and Don Knorr. The contemporary designs are by Adele Naude Santos, Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung, Itsuko Hasegawa, Toyo Ito, Robert Mangurian, and Eric Owen Moss. A most handsome example of the 1989 first softbound edition of this important document showing just a bit of mild creasing to the rear cover.. Near Fine.
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Keywords: Elizabeth A. T. Smith, Reyner Banham, Dolores Hayden, Thomas Hine, Thomas S. Hines, Esther McCoy, Helen Searing, Kevin Starr, Julius Shulman, Richard Koshalek, John Entenza, Arts & + Architecture Magazine, Richard J. Neutra, Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen,