West Coast Modern


O’Hara House, Richard Neutra (Los Angeles, 1959)


What are the advantages to living here, in the west coast of the New Continent? This film provides interesting point of view taken from a daring stance: Anticipating the Decline and Fall of the Great Modernist Architecture, it profiles the west coast, 20th century—mostly—residential buildings to suggest that the flame is still glowing. But is it really? If the last foothold of the Modernism’s avant-garde is to be the few and privileged places of its origin—the corporate commissions for isolated and reclusive private homes—then what can we say about the health and well-being of that other project—the construction of the socially balanced city and neighbourhood? Enjoy. Some of these houses represent the best architecture of the last 100 years.


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