Case Study House #8 in Pacific Palisades, California was the home of famed mid-century designers Ray and Charles Eames (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)
Between 1945 and 1966, the Case Study Houses program, following the Weißenhof-siedlung exposition, commissioned a study of economic, easy-to-build houses. The study included the creation of 36 prototypes that were to be built leading up to post-war residential development. The initiative by John Entenza, editor of Arts & Architecture magazine, brought a team to Los Angeles that featured some of the biggest names in architecture at the time.
At a time when affordable housing is posing a major challenge in almost every part of America, there may be a lesson to learn from this study. The Case Study Houses project was a concerted effort to provide housing that was affordable, easily built, family-friendly and beautifully designed.
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