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Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles

Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles

Princeton Architectural Press

By Stefanos Polyzoides,and Roger Sherwood,and James Tice,Photographs by Julius Shulman


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As cities throughout the U.S. struggle with housing shortages, valuable lessons can be learned from the principles thatunderlie the design of the courtyard house. Whether humble or sumptuous in scale, courtyards create a sense of privacyand enhance quality of life by creating the impression of green space for their residents.

Now available in its fifth printing, Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles documents the historical, technical, and cultural forces that shaped the development of this distinctive West Coast building type. The authors's in-depth research andanalysis is enhanced by the inclusion of numerous plans and technical drawings. Julius Shulman's sensuous black-and-whitephotographs document the range of courtyard styles—from simple bungalow-style dwellings to more ornate buildings combining Italian, Spanish, and North African influences.

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Size: 8-1/2 x 9-1/2 in;
Pages: 232 pp;
403 b/w illustrations
Format: Paperback
Publication: November 1996
ISBN: 9780910413534
ISBN10: 910413533