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American Masterworks

Un libro in lingua di Frampton Kenneth (EDT) Larkin David (EDT) edito da Random House Inc, 2008

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Over the decades, Americans and international architects alike responded to this country's rising standard of living, rapidly expanding suburbs, and receptive often liberal clients - factors that have encouraged the creative use of both unorthodox building materials and mass-produced components. During the 1920s, for example, Frank Lloyd Wright recovered the now-ubiquitous concrete block from what he termed the "architectural gutter," using it in several remarkable homes in Southern California, among them the Storer House in Hollywood, of 1923. These and other masterpieces of American residential architecture of the past 120 years are reprinted here - along with 11 new projects that bring the original volume into the twenty-first century; they are accompanied by authoritative commentary and extraordinary photographs.
One chapter is devoted to each of 44 houses. Selections of the architects' plans and freehand drawings complement the photographs in this history of exceptional American house design. The text by Kenneth Frampton explores each house in depth, discussing its context in the progression of American architecture, its role in the architect's oeuvre, and its broader relationship to the history of twentieth- and twenty-first century cultural and artistic movements.

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