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California is a laboratory in the field of domestic architecture, and its influence has long been felt far beyond its borders. In merging indoors and outdoors, in the interplay of living quarters and nature, there has developed a unity of house andMoreCalifornia is a laboratory in the field of domestic architecture, and its influence has long been felt far beyond its borders. In merging indoors and outdoors, in the interplay of living quarters and nature, there has developed a unity of house and garden that may well be the trend of tomorrow in the entire world. California houses are models also in their unconventional approach to living areas—in their development and merging of space. And, not least, new territory has been opened up in methods of construction: in building with prefabricated materials, in steel and wood construction of the utmost precision, in the use of hitherto unusable materials, and in the imaginative uses of traditional construction materials. Despite the lavish effect of spaciousness, most of the buildings illustrated fall within the bounds of a normal budget.The impressive panorama of California architecture is comprised of individual achievements suited to the most extreme climatic requirements—from lushest vegetation to arid wastes. Equally varied are the demands of patrons and the sites.This volume presents a complete series of examples illustrating how solutions of exceptional quality have been achieved on the most unpromising pieces of land and the steepest cliff sites imaginable. The work and the personalities of individual architects are characterized in short, pithy style.Architects covered include:Raphael Soriano- Pierre Koenig- Craig Ellwood- Frank Lloyd Wright- Mark Mills- Aaron Green- Harwell- Hamilton Harris- Henry Hill- Jack Hillmer- Lawrence Halprin- Garrett Eckbo- Bettler Baldwin- Lloyd Ruocco- John Carl Warnecke- John Rex- Charles Eames- Lee Stuart Darrow- A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons- Conrad Buff, Calvin Straub, and Donal Hensman- Greta Magnusson Grossman- David Thorne- Thomas D. Church- Martin Ruderman and Cactus Slim Moorton- John Lautner- George Frank Ligar- Bernard Judge- Thornton Ladd and John Field Kelsey- Edward A. Killingsworth, Jules Brady, Waugh Smith and Associates- and Richard J. Neutra.