Taylor & Francis
245 pages | 4 Color Illus. | 141 B/W Illus.
This book provides a comprehensive survey of Modern Movement houses constructed with steel frames. Arranged chronologically and thematically, it traces the development over the last seventy years of steel houses in Europe, Australia and the United States, with special reference to London, Paris, Sydney and Los Angeles and to the work elsewhere of Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson and Jean Prouve. Examples of steel houses from around the world demonstrate that steel structures can provide a better quality of life within a cleaner, lighter home environment.
"This is an essential source-book for anyone working in the field. It should give designers many ideas as to what steel can do in housing and why it should be used more" - New Steel Construction
"what makes this book particularly accessible…is that it incorporates the fruits of some 50 interviews with architects…and their clients" - Architecture Today
'…a fascinating, finely researched study…' - The Architect's Journal
'…personal interviews, perceptive insights and the quality of the plans and photographs go together to make a very good record of this fascinating phenomenon…a valuable historic record and clear exposition of the mind of the Modernist architect.' - Perspectives exposition of the mind of the Modernist architect."
"The book is well written, enthusiastic and well researched…" - The Architectural Review
"…scholarly and stimulating book…is generously served by drawings and photographs" - The Journal of Architecture.
"…great strength of this book is the plans and diagrams….useful, a how-to and how-it-was done publication" - Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
"The merit of this book about the history and present state of the modern steel house lies in the extensive data that the author compiled" - Detail
"…well-written and produced text…illustrations that reliably capture the essence of the architectural photographer's promotional art…combines detailed observation of specific buildings with the insights that only personal testimony can bring."
Dedication. Acknowledgements. Preface. Introduction. Part One: The Modern Steel House 1929-1939. Part Two: The Modern Steel House in America. Part Three: The Modern Steel House in Europe and Australia. Part Four: Five Responses. List of Interviews. Endnotes. Bibliography. Illustration Credits. Index.