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Records of the Exhibition “Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California" cpp.ENVarchives.r.10
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  • Title: Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California
    Identifier/Call Number: cpp.ENVarchives.r.10
    Contributing Institution: ENV Archive. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 boxes Two CD storage boxes, nine oversize boards, 2 rolled banners. The cds contain digital images, videos of interviews, landscape analysis of four houses and luminesce studies.
    Date (inclusive): 2011-2013
    Abstract : Contains records of the planning and implementation of the exhibition “Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California," part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A, Getty Foundation. Documents planning, design and installation of the exhibition that was held at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 11 April-12 July 2013. Includes records associated with the exhibition planning, design and installation.

    Scope and Contents

    "Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California,"was part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A, a program sponsored by the Getty Foundation. The exhibition occupied the 4,000 square foot W.Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery as well as a large enclosed patio at the entrance to the gallery. It included architectural drawings, archival and contemporary photographs, explanatory panels, large scale models showing structural framing and daylighting, sequences of construction photographs, interactive displays and videos, approximately 140 objects in total. Cal Poly Pomona architecture and landscape architecture students constructed the models, videos and explanatory panels.
    The focus of the exhibition was the construction technology of the architect-designed southern California house built between 1940 and the mid-1970s. Nine houses were selected to present the thesis of the exhibition, that the architects embraced a broad range of construction systems and spatial types in these postwar houses, creating a continuum from the modern period to the post-modern: Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House, Garden house (Richard J. Neutra, Los Angeles, 1939-40); Mischa Kallis house (R.M. Schindler, Los Angeles, 1946); Foster Carling house (John Lautner, Los Angeles, 1948); David and Riva Schrage House (Raphael Soriano, Los Angeles, 1952), Case Study House #17 (Hoffman House, Craig Ellwood, Beverly Hills, 1954-55); Case Study House #21 (Bailey house, Pierre Koenig, Beverly Hills, 1959), Ray and Shelly Kappe house (Ray Kappe, Pacific Palisades, 1966-68); Ron Davis house (Frank Gehry, Zuma Beach, 1968-72); Leland Burns house (Charles Moore with Richard Chylinski, Santa Monica, 1972-74).
    The exhibition included the landscaped context of the houses conveyed through explanatory panels, video and an installation in the gallery patio. Reproductions of building product advertisements published in popular and professional journals were included as a means of linking construction technology and materials to the living patterns within the house. Contemporary environmental analyses of four of the houses were examined in terms of the solar day, i.e., how the daily movement of the sun affects the qualities and uses of the rooms within the house. The exhibition traced the modifications made to several of the houses since the time of their construction, some of them designed to achieve relative comfort in houses with large glazed openings. Large-scale models of four of the houses showed the range of construction systems employed by the architects and demonstrated the links between their choices of material systems and the spatial ideas and forms of the projects.
    Two public programs were part of the exhibition. Both were offered on May 23, 2013. "Green Homes: Learning from the Past,"a sustainable design workshop for middle school students was co-organized by Pablo La Roche, and Cal Poly Pomona student Leina Naversen and Eera Babtiwale from HMC Architects. The program focused on global environmental awareness, using examples taken from Southern California postwar houses, emphasizing ways to cohabitate with the environment while conserving and preserving natural resources. "Preserving the Modern House: L.A."was also held on May 23rd. This day-long workshop focused on two iconic modern houses - the VDL House and Ray Kappe's own residence. Preservation efforts at the VDL Research house have centered on the house's flat roofs, and their ability to function as shallow pools. The Kappe house displays an innovative structure of concrete towers spanned by beams of glued laminated timber. Lectures were presented by conservation experts in the areas of water proofing and concrete construction. The program was co-organized by Lauren Weiss Bricker and Cal Poly Pomona student Johnny Tran.

    Preferred Citation

    Regarding materials owned by Cal Poly Pomona: ENV Archives-Special Collections, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

    Publication Rights

    For materials loaned to the exhibition but not owned by California State Polytechnic University, please contact the institution responsible for loaning material to the exhibition.
    Permission to publish portions of this collection has been assigned to ENV Archives-Special Collections, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, which can grant permission to publish materials for which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the ENV Archives-Special Collections director. Contact directly those facilities holding copyrights of materials loaned to California State Polytechnic University for the exhibition.


    ENV Archive. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    3801 West Temple Avenue
    Pomona, CA, 91768
    (909) 869-6837

    Exhibition Team

    Bricker, Lauren Weiss / Sheine, Judith / Sakamoto, Timothy / Pregill, Philip / La Roche, Pablo

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chylinski, Richard
    Ellwood, Craig
    Gehry, Frank
    Kappe, Ray
    Koenig, Pierre
    Lautner, John
    Moore, Charles Willard
    Neutra, Richard
    Schindler, Rudolph
    Soriano, Raphael
    Architects - California
    Architectural Firms - California
    Architecture - California
    Architecture - Domestic - California
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - College of Environmental Design
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - ENV Archives
    Los Angeles, California