Women and the Making of the Modern House

ISBN-10: 0300117892

ISBN-13: 9780300117899

Edition: 2006

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“If you want a book about architecture which is informative, provocative, offers new paradigms on the way we describe architecture, is both soundly academic, and as compelling to read as a good novel, look no further.” ---Kester Ratenbury nbsp; In this groundbreaking book, Alice T. Friedman investigates how women patrons of architecture were essential catalysts for innovation in domestic architectural design. By looking at such iconic houses as Hollyhock House (Frank Lloyd Wright), the Truus Schröder House (Gerrit Rietveld), the Edith Farnsworth House (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe), the Constance Perkins House (Richard Neutra), and the Vanna Venturi House (Robert Venturi), she explores the challenges that unconventional attitudes and ways of life presented to architectural thinking—and to the architects themselves. Detailed portraits—fashioned from personal letters, diaries, office records, photo albums, and interviews—of the clients and architects reveal the private passions and struggles that women and men of talent and creativity brought to these projects, and suggest the rich cultural and artistic context in which each house was created. The works considered are thus brought to life through the people who commissioned, designed, and lived in them.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 9.75" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Introduction
No Ordinary House: Frank Lloyd Wright, Aline Barnsdall, and Hollyhock House
Family Matters: The Schroder House
Being Modern Together: Le Corbusier's Villa Stein-de Monzie
People Who Live in Glass Houses: Edith Farnsworth, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Philip Johnson
Southern California Modern: The Constance Perkins House
It's a Wise Child: The Vanna Venturi House
Conclusion: The 1980s and 1990s
Acknowledgments
Index
Photograph credits
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