Googie: fifties coffee shop architecture

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Chronicle Books Llc, 1986 - Business & Economics - 144 pages
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The euphoria about the future that followed World War II permeated the outlooks of architects, who, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and with ready access to remarkable new construction material and building techniques spawned by the war technologies, faced the intriguing prospect of redesigning the post war world. Initially the futuristic designs were outrageous, and detractors labeled these structures the Googie School of Architecture after a particularly outlandish coffee shop in Los Angeles. Googie would seem far from outlandish today as those once controversial design elements have become commonplace in both commercial and residential architecture. Author Alan Hess traces the evolution of these early post war designs in a lively yet learned essay profusely illustrated with both color and black-and-white photography. Googie:Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture is a nostalgic trip back to the Fifties and a look forward at the architectural future.

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Exactly as awesome as you imagine. God bless, Alan Hess. Read full review

Contents

foreword
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a the 30s 1 9
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e 50s cars 5 5
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Michael Stern is a fine artist who creates large-scale illuminated photo-based artworks and installations. He curated the landmark exhibition "Julius Shulman: Palm Springs," which forms the basis of this book. He is the editor, designer, and curator of the Palm Springs Modern Committee's website. Alan Hess is an architect and architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News, and author of numerous articles and books, including, for Rizzoli, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses, Frank Lloyd Wright: Prairie Style, Oscar Niemeyer Houses, and the forthcoming Frank Lloyd Wright: Mid-Century Modern.

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