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Raphael Soriano

Author: Wolfgang Wagener
Publisher: London ; New York : Phaidon, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Raphael Soriano (1904-1988) was one of the early Case Study architects working in California in the mid-twentieth century, and a talented advocate of the new building materials and construction techniques developed just before and after World War II. Born in Rhodes, Soriano arrived in Los Angeles in 1924 at the age of 20. After graduating from the University of Southern California, he worked in the offices of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildband
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wagener, Wolfgang.
Raphael Soriano.
London ; New York : Phaidon, 2002
(OCoLC)606927902
Named Person: Raphael Soriano; Raphael Soriano; Raphael Soriano; Raphael Soriano; Raphael Soriano; Raphael Soriano
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wolfgang Wagener
ISBN: 0714840637 9780714840635
OCLC Number: 50495705
Description: 224 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: Foreword --
[Pt. 1] The postwar dream takes hold --
The promise --
New deal reforms --
Peacetime conversion --
Hotbed California --
Typology of the modern California house --
A different kind of dream --
[Pt. 2] Pioneering steel houses: 1935-1970 --
The effects of Europe and the Great Depression --
Learning from California --
Challenged by the war machine --
Defining the case study style --
Prototypes for a new lifestyle --
Perfecting the steel pavilion --
Culminating with a system blueprint --
[Pt. 3] Complete works --
[Pt. 4] References --
Map of Los Angeles showing realized Soriano buildings --
Chronology --
Unfinished autobiography by Raphael Soriano --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Wolfgang Wagener.

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