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architecture “ Because most opinion, both profound and light-headed, in terms of postwar housing is nothing but speculation in the form of talk and reams of paper, it occurs to us that it might be a good idea to © DAVID TRAVERS. USED WITH PERMISSION. get down to cases and at least make a beginning in the gathering of that mass of material that must eventu-ally result in what we know as ‘house — post war’.” — Excerpt from the Case Study House Program announcement, Arts & Architecture , January 1945. Case Study House #8, built in 1949 in Los Angeles by architect Charles Eames as his own home. Now considered a classic, the house is a glass box built with oﬀ-the-shelf steel beams and cantilevered from the top of a wooded ridge. Featured in Arts & Architecture , December 1949. tects has lived on through the decades and can been seen in the modern solar house, marked by innovation and experimentation with the latest materials and technologies. Living Comfortably — Then and Now What is the significance of the Case Study House experiment today? The program dem-onstrated that people can live comfortably in smaller, innovative homes and find economical ways to build them. Additionally, the program showed how indoor/outdoor transition spaces, open floor plans and lightweight furnishings can add a sense of spaciousness to a small space, and how glass and steel can be important architectur-al elements. And through modular construction, standardized parts and the use of industrial and recycled materials, the Case Study designs antici-pated a future time when large-scale production of small, efficient homes may be called for. The Case Study Program is just one of many influences on American architec-14 November/December 2013 SOLAR TODAY solartoday.org Case Study House #1, built in 1948 in Los Angeles by architect J.R. Davidson and collaborator Greta Davidson, featured sliding glass ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows in most rooms, opening onto a central garden. Arts & Architecture , May 1948. Now demolished. Copyright © 2013 by the American Solar Energy Society Inc. All rights reserved. © DAVID TRAVERS. USED WITH PERMISSION.