Friday, January 2, 2009

A Chautauqua by the Shore...

Hindered by scheduling conflicts and holiday spirits, the Case Study rides have been on hold for a while now, but no longer! The Case Study House program developed by John Entenza's Art&Architecture magazine in the mid 1940's gave Los Angeles some of its most fabled structures, and a quirky new face to an already established culture of free thinkers and forever optimists. Many of these buildings were exercises in radically rethinking the concept of space in regards to how we think of a home, using materials minimally to produce the greatest effect, and what better way to see said buildings than by utilizing LA's newest form of minimalist transportation...our bikes! The ride is tenatively scheduled for Saturday January 24th, 2009 @10:30 am, and the meeting point will be at one of the first modern residential developments, namely, Gregory Ain's Mar Vista Tract in Venice, CA. From there we will continue west to the Palisades to visit the Eames Residence (CSH #8) and a collaborative effort between Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen which would be Case Study House #9.

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