Living West: New Residential Architecture in Southern California by Sam Lubell ; photography by Benny Chan
A veritable guide to "Contemporary Patrons" event opportunities, this new volume shows that SoCal modernism is alive and well in the hands of a younger generation of California architects. Recent transplant Lubell, the editor of The Architect's Newspaper California, does hark back to generations past beginning with the front cover - a Benny Chan photo of Hagy Belzberg's Skyline Residence very much meant to give a deja vu feeling of Julius Shulman's photo of Pierre Koenig's CSH #22. That said, Lubell contends that "these houses defy being classified into one specific style - they cater to specific conditions rather than a school of thought." A surprise and delight in this volume is the dependence on the clear, crisp photography with minimal necessary text that immerses one into the projects - especially in light of a generation schooled too often in theory and criticism. Each architect's vision and intent are clear and masterful in 32 intriguing houses that "refuse to adhere to rules established elsewhere."
The Monacelli Press; hardcover; 240 pages; $50.
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