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Atomic Ranch, Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes

Authors Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown trekked all the way to Houston to profile five local houses for their new design book. The book features photographs and stories about the modern houses of Houston Mod members and aficionados, Michael and Selena Brichford (p. 89), Cathie and Rick Johnson (p. 24-27), Rita and Yuri Katchan (p. 116-119), Ben Koush (p.100-103), and Karen Lantz and Andy Farkas (p. 60-63). The last chapter, “Preserving Midcentury Neighborhoods” describes the efforts of Houston Mod and other organizations throughout the country in trying to promote awareness and understanding of our modern architectural heritage.

For more details please visit the Atomic Ranch website

The New Spirit: Modern Architecture in Vancouver, 1938-1963

The Modernist architecture of the two post-war decades established Vancouver's reputation as a center for progressive design and culture, a city where architects pursued their desire "to make of architecture a great humanistic experience." With an introduction by Adele Freedman discussing Modernism in Canadian architecture as a whole, Rhodri Windsor Liscombe's The New Spirit is the first comprehensive study of the acclaimed Modernist architecture of Vancouver.

Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses

Paul Rudolph, one of the 20th century's most iconoclastic architects, is best known—and most maligned—for his large "brutalist" buildings, like the Yale Art and Architecture Building. So it will surprise many to learn that early in his career he developed a series of houses that represent the unrivaled possibilities of a modest American modernism. With their distinctive natural landscapes, local architectural precedents, and exploitation of innovative construction materials, the Florida houses, some eighty projects built between 1946 and 1961, brought modern architectural form into a gracious subtropical world of natural abundance. Like the locally inspired desert houses of another modern master, Albert Frey, Rudolph's Florida houses represent a distillation and reinterpretation of traditional architectural ideas developed to a high pitch of stylistic refinement. Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses reveals all of Rudolph's early residential work. Along with Rudolph's personal essays and renderings, duotone photographs by Ezra Stoller and Joseph Molitor, and insightful text by Joseph King and Christopher Domin, this compelling new book conveys the lightness, timelessness, strength, materiality, and transcendency of Rudolph's work.

The Sarasota School of Architecture, 1941-1966

Inflected by local climate, construction practices, regional culture, and Florida lifestyle, the work of the Sarasota school of architecture marks a high point in the development of regional modernism in American architecture.

Although the Sarasota school wasn't a consciously organized movement, it was an important chapter in American modernism that, unlike the earlier Bay Area school and Chicago school, has received little study or published scholarly treatment. John Howey provides the first solid documentation of the Sarasota group's designs and theories. He has interviewed all of the surviving architects and original clients and has included a rich archive of photographs by Ezra Stoller, Alexandra Georges, and others.

Le Corbusier: Houses

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, otherwise known as the Swiss architect Le Corbusier, is famous for proclaiming "the house is a machine for living in". This neat comparison of 106 of his designs for houses edited by Tadao Ando Laboratory (with model, as well as plan and side views), each house to one spread, sets Le Corbusier’s experiments in perspective. Two essays discuss the theory behind his designs and what they reveal about the man himself.

Louis I. Kahn: Houses

Graceful detail, simple materials, abstract forms, monumentality; common elements to Kahn’s architecture known for his large scale buildings throughout North America, India and Bangladesh. But less known, are his house designs. In total 20 private house plans (not including renovations) were designed by Kahn. Nine of these were realized and are profiled here; interior and exterior serenely pictured in both full page spreads. Also includes 3 extra essays and a fold out with plans of Kahn's buildings.

Craig Ellwood. Architecture

One of the most sought-after books on California modernist architecture is back in print. This is an exact reprint of the elegant 1968 Italian edition, showing Ellwood's ground-breaking work from the three Case Study Houses through his later commercial and residential projects, including the Daphne house, the Rosen house and the Scientific Data Systems factory.

Case Study Houses: 1945-1962

Since the popular Museum of Contemporary Art exhibit of 1989, Blueprint for Modern Living, much attention has been paid to the pioneering work done by the architects of the Case Study Program. Sponsored by John Entenza's Art & Architectue Magazine, the Case Study Houses program brought new thinking, techniques, and materials to post-war California house building. Contains the work of Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Craig Ellwood, Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra, William Wurster, and others.

Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies

Reyner Banham examined the built environment of Los Angeles in a way no architectural historian before him had done, looking with fresh eyes at its manifestations of popular taste and industrial ingenuity, as well as its more traditional modes of residential and commercial building. His construct of "four ecologies" examined the ways Angelenos relate to the beach, the freeways, the flatlands, and the foothills. Banham delighted in this mobile city and identified it as an exemplar of the posturban future.

A Quincy Jones

Archibald Quincy Jones (1913-79) was a Los Angeles-based architect and educator who shared the Case Study goal of reinventing the house as a way of redefining the way people lived in post-war America. A pioneer in 'greenbelt' planning and 'green' design, Jones raised the level of the tract house in California from the simple stucco box to a structure of beauty and logic surrounded by gardens and integrated into the landscape. He introduced new materials and also a new way of living within the built environment, and his work bridged the gap between custom-built and developer-built homes. The exquisite detailing and siting of Jones's houses, churches, civic and university buildings make them quintessential embodiments of mid-century American architecture. This is the first book published on Jones. It documents his full career, from his post-war planning projects to his long association with Palo Alto building magnate Joseph Eichler. The book is comprised of two parts: a substantial introductory essay tracing Jones's life and career, with a summary of key projects and his contributions to planning; and a catalogue of sixty of Jones's projects illustrated with high-quality black-and-white period photographs, and plans and renderings by Jones.

The Architecture of Philip Johnson

This retrospective of Philip Johnson's (b. 1906) architectural work is a tribute to his thinking and a tour of how his ideas became buildings. Johnson filled in some of the architectural blanks of the 20th century by combining his originality with brilliant reference points and designing dozens of structures as the enduring legacy of his elegant and careful imagination. Though dominated by his massive commercial structures, the book includes exceptional photographs of his New Canaan, CT, property the best I have seen. The Glass House and the other small, sophisticated homes and studios he has crafted become sculptures as they are lovingly photographed by Johnson's principal photographer, Payne, in different seasons and light. Architectural historian Lewis contributes an essay, Fox (Houston Architectural Guide) provides the descriptive text, and the architect himself provides the foreword. In a plainspoken, bluntly honest self-assessment, Johnson goes after his own failures and modestly enjoys his successes. He is remarkably objective about his creations, clearly caring about the work and the responsibility of an architect. This book, by its scale, exceptional photography, spare text, and images of Johnson's wonderful buildings, honors his career. Recommended. David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., CT

Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Miller's: American Insider's Guide to the Twentieth-Century Furniture (Miller's Insider's Guide)

This covers everything you need to become a knowledgeable admirer and collector of the best 20th-century furniture. The subject is placed in historical context, with a section on the Industrial Revolution and its impact on the development of design. Principal designers and makers such as Eames, Jacobsen, Bertoia, and Knoll are highlighted in color features.

Frank Lloyd Wright at a Glance: Usonian Houses

Despite his grand achievements, Frank Lloyd Wright understood the needs of the typical American family. For them he designed the “Usonian Home” and proved that affordability and superb architecture could go hand in hand. With simple supplies and characteristic creativity, Wright devised elegant homes that belied their modest price tag. Take a fascinating tour of the best of these— including the inaugural Jacobs House (1936), which was besieged by visitors, all marveling at its ingenuity. Each was built on the same principles, but differed subtly, depending on the occupants’ lifestyles and local materials.