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Cape Cod Modern: Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 18. August 2014

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"Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Comunity on the Outher Cape," by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani (Metropolis Books, $33), reveals one of the East Coast's best-kept architectural secrets; an enclave of disarmingly unpretencious houses, many inspired by chicken coops and oyster houses. Often made with scavenged wood mixed with raw lumber straight from the yard, the buildings were designed by Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, Serge Chermayeff, Maurice Smith and serious amateurs. In this rich cultural setting, left-leaning figures including Mary McCarthy, Edmund Wilson..., bathed nude in brisk waters on principle and exercised elastic morals among the unpainted two-by-fours.--Joseph Giovannini "The New York Times "

Fascinating-an elegantly written, well researched, highly readable account of the creation and flowering of a world of social and intellectual exchange, its characters, influences, and traditions, and the refined, austere, and delightful houses that are its legacy.--George McNeely "World Monuments Fund "

"Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape" (Metropolis), coauthored by McMahon and Christine Cipriani, is a name-dropping beauty that covers not only the designers of the odd-shaped, rustic "summer camps in the air," as the co-authors call them, but their parties and intellectual ferment. There are Boston Brahmins such as Nathaniel Saltonstall and friends of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, including Marcel Breuer. These designers loved their porches and Breuer's -- suspended over a steep drop with views of three ponds -- was more spectacular than most.--Jane Gardner "The Boston Globe "

...evokes the most visceral, astonished response, even from veteran architects.--Peter McMahon "Take Magazine "

Vacationers who frequent the Outer Cape may not recognize the (intentionally) hidden or, in several cases, derelict remains of a remarkable, little-known chapter in American architecture, revealed in CAPE COD MODERN: MIDCENTURY ARCHITECTURE AND COMMUNITY ON THE OUTER CAPE, by Peter MacMahon adn Christine Cipriani. One hopes the glamour shot of Hayden Walling's Halprin House given full-bleed reproduction on the cover-de rigeuer decor for the familiar sort of promotional architecture books that feature 'Architectural Digest'-style homes-will entice the unwary to buy this thoughtful examination of vacation homes built by modernist masters (both well-and undeservedly lesser-known) in Wellfleet and Truro between the late '30's and 1977. Most fancinating are the pocket bios of the black sheep Boston Brahmins and other talented amateurs, like Walling, who pioneered modern architecture on the Cape, and the Bauhaus refugees and other European emigres, including Serge Chermayeff and Marcel Breuer. who made the woods of Wellfleet a laboratory for modernism from the 40's through the 60's. A final chapter traces the efforts, more complex but less impressive, of the following generation.--Christopher Lyon "Bookforum "

A perfectly considered piece of architectural publishing, "Cape Cod Modern" tells the story of when Modernism met the rugged American East Coast. Dotted along the shores of teh Outer Cape are a remarkable number of vacation houses and glorified beach huts, all designed with exquisite attention to detail by some of the biggest names in twentieth century architecture, including Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Serge Chermayeff, as well as countless local stars. THe houses they built -photographed beautifully by Raimund Koch-are shown here alongside a history of the community that grew up around them, bolstered by the proximity to the key intellectual centres of post-war American life.--Jonathan Bell "Wallpaper* "

A succesful summer often means finding a hushed spot that's yours alone: a Spartan treehouse hidden in the woods, a ramshackle fishing shack up north, or - in the case of "Cape Cod Modern"- an avant-garde vacation home on the Outer Cape. These low, blunt cubes and rectangles of glass and wood, built from the 1930s to the 1970s, explode our notions of the Cape Cod pastoral. Here are some 200 archival images and 70 recent photos by Raimund Koch in a eye-opening history of an over looked moment in a modern architecture. Lobster pot end tables and rustic sea shanties need not apply.--Dana Jennings "The New York Times "

In July Metropolis Books will publish Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, a vibrant cultural history that considers how time, place, and intersecting lives coalesced to generate the built environment. Co-authored by McMahon and Christine Cipriani, a Boston-based writer and Wellfleet summer resident, the pages of Cape Cod Modern brim with captivating images, original scholarship, unexpected legacies, and humorous anecdotes. Central to the trust's mission, the authors state in their introduction, "is the notion that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories." In Cape Cod Modern, those cultural memories have been preserved with great dedication and joy.--Susan Morgan "Modern Magazine "

In the 1930s, recent immigrant and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius fell in love with the Cape's lonely, rolling dunes and wind-beaten fishermen's cottages. In the summer of 1937, he rented a house on Planting Island, just west of Cape Cod, and invited friends--including designer Marcel Breuer--to stay for a month of swimming and long dinners. This house party of European creatives in a remote New England outpost led to a little-known chapter in the history of American architecture: Over the years, many of Gropius's guests, some of them architects and designers, migrated to the Cape to build their own homes. Combining the traditional East Coast aesthetic with European modernism, they left behind a cluster of exceptional cottages hidden in the pine forests of the Cape Cod National Seashore.--Alice Newell-Hanson "Conde Nast Traveler "

More than just a paean to an architectural style, Cape Cod Modern (Metropolis Books) illuminates a rich, under-examined moment- from 1938 to 1977- when the towns of the Outer Cape drew a hyper-creative crowd of design -besotted artists and intellectuals, in addition to the traditional vacationing psychoanalysts who head there each August. Walter Gropious, Marcel Breuer, and other members of their emigre Bauhaus tribe cavorted with bohemian Boston Brahmins, and just about everyone built themselves simple retreats that expressed the organic cross-pollination of vernacular building traditions, Yankee economy, and Bahuaus rigor... The book traces the flowering of a distinclty regional modernims marked not by flashy comissions but instead by deeply personal spaces meant for repose.--Peter Terzian "Elle Decor "


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