Published by Taschen, Case Study Houses provides a compact insight into the architectural program implemented in the Los Angeles area in 1945–1966. The aim of the program was to develop new prototype homes that could be easily and affordably produced in the new postwar era. Written by New York-based architectural expert Elizabeth A. T. Smith, the book is part of Taschen's Basic Architecture series that presents life and work of internationally renowned architects with photographs, sketches and drafts. The series has been edited by German art historian Peter Gössel.
With 36 prototype designs, the Case Study House program created paradigms for modern living that would extend their influence far beyond their Los Angeles heartland. This essential introduction features 150 photographs and plans to explore each of these model residences and their architects, including Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen.