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Brave new houses : adventures in southern California living
Webb, Michael, 1937-
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New York : Rizzoli, [2003]

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239 pages : il. ; 24 cm
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NA7235.C22 W44 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Los Angeles and Southern California have always been a crucible for the experimental in residential design. Here then are the successors to Neutra and Schindler, Lautner and Gehry-architects who break out of the box to create houses that respond to the benign climate and varied topography of Southern California and express the needs and dreams of their clients. From serene white forms to bold expressions of structure, from houses that engage the landscape or ocean to those that turn confined lots to advantage, these are models of creative design. Behind every creative design is a successful architect-client relationship, and Webb gives a rare glimpse of the collaborative process of "designing a house." With some of the best houses built in the past decade, "Brave New Houses should appeal to everyone who has thought of designing or owning a house that is one-of-a-kind.

Author Notes

Michael Webb began writing about architecture and design in London in the 1960s and now does so in Los Angeles, working out of a classic Richard Neutra apartment that Charles and Ray Eames once called home. He is the author of 21 books He travels the world, gathering material for articles in Architectural Digest, Architectural Review, Architecture, Domus, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New York Times, and other leading publications

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Library Journal Review

Rizzoli International touts this beautiful book of recent domestic architecture from Santa Barbara to San Diego as a collection of houses built on the "desires of fearless individuals who decided to please themselves, flout conventional wisdom, and collaborate with talented architects." Actually, fear is not part of the equation with clients as wealthy as these; instead, these homes result when affluent people with great taste join forces with smart architects. Thirty completed houses and five conceptual projects form the book, which features a variety of architects, none of them household names. Webb, a London-born architectural critic and the author of 21 books on architecture, lives in Southern California and has great enthusiasm for these houses and all things modern. His selections are outstanding, the text supports the stunning photography, and floor plans are tucked into each house description. Whether the sites are tiny, steep, or easy, modern design for contemporary living in a forgiving climate packed with sunny days never looked so good. Recommended.-David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Wallace E. CunninghamHolger Schubert
List of Housesp. 6
Introduction: Out of the Boxp. 8
Shifting Geometries
Burnham House - Glendalep. 14
Weissberg House - Beverly Hillsp. 20
Wing House - Rancho Santa Fep. 28
Collins House - West Hollywoodp. 36
Weil House - Mar Vistap. 42
Blades House - Goletap. 48
Serene Volumes
Casabel - Bel Airp. 56
Friesen House - Brentwoodp. 66
Schubert-Nagasaki House - Venicep. 74
Luskin House - Brentwoodp. 80
Dynamic StructuresMichael Lantzen
M-House - Gormanp. 88
Schmalix House - Mt. Washingtonp. 92
Berdis-Spees House - Hollywoodp. 98
Kappe House - Iopangap. 104
Carlson-Reges House - Los Angelesp. 110
Fronting the Ocean
Rochman House - Pacitic Palisadesp. 120
Yorkin House - Malibup. 126
Culbert House - Malibup. 134
Reyna House - Hermosa Beachp. 142
Sullivan-Cowan House - Carpinteriap. 148
Engaging the Landscape
Myers House - Montecitop. 156
Sadowsky House - Rustic Canyonp. 164
Chun House - Santa Monicap. 170
Lehrer House - Bel Airp. 176
Schey House - Rustic Canyonp. 182
Confined Lots
Sander House - Venicep. 190
Johnson House - Hancock Parkp. 196
Kanner House - Pacific Palisadesp. 202
Lexton-MacCarthy House - Silver Lakep. 210
Kahn House - Manhattan Beachp. 216
Radical VisionsWallace E. Cunningham
Brandys House - San Diego Countyp. 224
Scoville-Turgel House - Mt. Washingtonp. 226
Mayne Housep. 228
Max House - Malibup. 232
SCRV-T8 projectp. 234
Featured Architectsp. 238
Acknowledgementsp. 240
Photo Creditsp. 240