15: Five Houses, plus American Scenes F 2001


The 20th-century canon contains many houses—small private structures built for the use and enjoyment of their owners, which have nonetheless become widely known, even familiar, to the architectural scholar and enthusiast. Inevitably, we know many such works mainly through representations. The essays that follow explore the diverse and sometimes misleading ways in which certain houses have become known, and understood (or misunderstood), and canonized.

Table of Contents


Mart Stam’s Trousers by Crimson Speaks with Michael Speaks and Gerard Hadders

George Baird

A Name, Then a Chair, Then a House

Beatriz Colomina

Biospherian Dreams

James S. Russell, Richard Barnes

Genius Loco

Michael Sorkin

Once Again by the Pacific

Lisa Findley, Tim Culvahouse

Savoye Space

Daniel Naegele

Tugendhat Frames

Claire Zimmerman

White Walls in the Golden City

Jan Otakar Fischer


Dreamworld and Catastrophe by Susan Buck-Morss

Wouter Vanstiphout

Le Corbusier and the Continual Revolution in Architecture by Charles Jencks

Ivan Žaknić

Shaping the Great City edited by Eve Blau and Monika Platzer

Matthew S. Witkovsky