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by Thomas S. Hines

Download Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970 ePub
  • ISBN 0847833208
  • ISBN13 978-0847833207
  • Language English
  • Author Thomas S. Hines
  • Publisher Rizzoli; 1st edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Pages 756
  • Formats rtf txt lit doc
  • Category Photography
  • Subcategory Architecture
  • Size ePub 1115 kb
  • Size Fb2 1919 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 694

An authoritative survey of the masters of twentieth-century modernist architecture in Los Angeles. This revisionist study explores the history of modernist architecture in Greater Los Angeles from the early twentieth century to the 1970s, focusing on both its regional and international contexts. Thomas Hines critically analyzes the concepts of modernism and regionalism and begins his exploration by contrasting the turn-of-the-century Craftsman work of Charles and Henry Greene with the rationalist modernism of their contemporary Irving Gill and the expressionist modernism of Frank Lloyd Wright and his son Lloyd Wright. The book re-interprets the modernist variations of Wright’s disciple Rudolph Schindler and the International Style of his contemporary Richard Neutra, as well as of their followers: Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano, and Harwell Harris. The minimalist Case Study House program is contrasted with the sensuous modernism of John Lautner and with the large-scale modernism of William Pereira and Welton Becket. Hines ends the book in the early 1970s, as modernism began to confront the challenge of the post-modernist critique. A personal epilogue reflects on the author’s exploration of Los Angeles modernism from the late 1960s to 2009.

Los Angeles’s modernist architecture is defined by the city’s climate, opulence and clash of. .Hines has held Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, and Getty fellowships.

Los Angeles’s modernist architecture is defined by the city’s climate, opulence and clash of culture. homas Hine’s new Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism, 1900-1970 (Rizzoli) is a thorough study of the work of Schindler, Neutra, Wright and the inimitable John Lautner. It is also a study in fine living. Chilled cocktail, anyone? ~ Playboy. In 1994 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

What an incredibly complete chronology of the history of architecture in Los Angeles from 1900 through 1970. From Greene & Greene through William Pereira.

The book is filled with such gems. I also very much appreciate that the author brings the reader up-to-date on many of the iconic structures in the book. While shocking to learn that a famous building has been demolished, it's uplifting when a famous building has been beautifully restored.

Thomas Spight Hines (born 1936) is a professor emeritus of history and architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught cultural, urban and architectural history for many years. Hines received his P. at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1971. Hines is the author of Burnham of Chicago: Architect and Planner, which won the Dunning Prize in 1972

His book Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies first appeared in 1971, and is still the best summary of what .

His book Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies first appeared in 1971, and is still the best summary of what makes that maligned metropolis so fascinating. Over the past 40 years, he has become a leading advocate for the modernist legacy of southern California. In Architecture of the Sun, Hines traces its roots, from the Greene brothers’ Craftsman bungalows to the pioneering work of Irving Gill and Frank Lloyd Wright

A thing that characterizes modernist houses is the fluid use of space and a floor plan is probably the best way to appreciate this.

A thing that characterizes modernist houses is the fluid use of space and a floor plan is probably the best way to appreciate this. Some are included but mostly they appear too small. As I said earlier this will probably become the standard book on the subject but this no dry purely academic study. Fortunately the author frequently reveals the background to these architects lives and society at the time.

5/15/10 - Thomas S. Hines is Professor Emeritus of History and Architecture at UCLA, where he teaches urban and architectural history. Hines will discuss his new book, Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism, 1900-1970, published by Rizzoli. In 1982, Hines was co-curator of the Neutra retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. He has held Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, and Getty fellowships

Hines ends the book in the early 1970s, as modernism began to confront the challenge of the post-modernist .

Hines ends the book in the early 1970s, as modernism began to confront the challenge of the post-modernist critique. A personal epilogue reflects on the author’s exploration of Los Angeles modernism from the late 1960s to 2009. Thomas S. Hines is Professor Emeritus of History and Architecture at UCLA, where he teaches cultural, urban, and architectural history. Hines has held Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, and Getty fellowships

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Jieylau
When I first got the book I was disappointed. Most of the images are so-so, and there is, inexplicably, a dearth of floor plans. Is anything more frustrating regarding a book on architecture?

Later I started to actually read the book, and my opinion wholly improved! There was a lot I'd not read elsewhere, and the various architects came alive in way they normally don't in more academic-like studies. In particular I enjoyed the chapter on Schindler. I had believed the All-Important Schindler Myth: greater fame had been essentially stolen from him by his former friend/colleague, the nefarious Neutra. But the book makes it clear that it was more complicated than that, and that Schindler himself can be principally blamed for a failure to better understand and coddle important editors and writers. It's fascinating and sad to read Schindler's letters to people who WANTED to publish/exhibit him. He basically insults them.

There's another interesting story of the once great Louis Sullivan at Wright's Taliesin. Wright spoke to his former boss "in tones of such deference and affection [that Sullivan] came out of his somber silence and knew himself to be once more loved, revered" - as noted by Pauline Schindler.

The book is filled with such gems.

I also very much appreciate that the author brings the reader up-to-date on many of the iconic structures in the book. While shocking to learn that a famous building has been demolished, it's uplifting when a famous building has been beautifully restored.

I rate the book five stars but would love to see it in a revised format with gorgeous, large images, a ton-o-plans, but the text unchanged. Now THAT would be a great great book!
Orll
A lot of book for the money.
Agantrius
A must for any library devoted to architecture or design or Southern California. The text is concise and clearly written, with lots of informative details, and there are images galore -- which make this a great tome to just sit down with a glass of wine and pore over.
LadyShlak
This is a stunning book. I gave it to my husband, an architect, for his birthday, and he loves it. It's a valuable reference for anyone interested in California architecture.
Άνουβις
My Book for this semester; best price.
greed style
I love this book. I had gotten it from the library but I had to own it.
Acrobat
Contrary to the other reviewers I found this book to be a big disappointment, although if the weight of the paper stock on which this book were printed were cause for quality - it would easily get 6 stars.
Rather than a volume of photographs supported by text, this is a text volume supported by photos many of which are unexceptional in terms of novelty, layout, content and size. The design aspects of the book are similarly disappointing - I'll point the reader to the recent biography of Charles Rennie Macintosh (Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Life and Work by James Macaulay and Mark Fiennes) for a monograph that works on all levels. Finally, the quality control in the printing (China) is very poor - the damaged in transit copy of this book that I had to return had one page where the text was bleeding. Not good for a $95 book. And this raises a real issue - why do these expensive art books have to be printed in China? The Macintosh book was printed in Italy and is exquisite.
Wonderful book! It covers just about everything in Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Southern California. Especially gratifying is all the information devoted to San Diego, which is usually neglected in favor of L.A. I recommend this book highly!