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East Coast vs.West Coast Modernist House Design at Midcentury

Modern houses of New England are often seen in the shadow of Southern California’s iconic modern houses. We compare and contrast the East and West Coasts in terms of house and community design. $12 (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, @CAMP Theater, Presentation, Talk

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$12.00

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Modernist houses have been an important part of New England’s architectural legacy since the 1930s and are integral to the design fabric of several communities. Inspired by Bauhaus roots and regional traditions of New England, modern house designs are restrained and functional in contrast to the West Coast’s more exuberant expression of modernism inspired by a wider, global range of influences and context in a more pioneering landscape. Where a more temperate climate in California allowed houses to be open to the environment, the more severe climate of New England present technical challenges to achieve thermal comfort. Standardized plans appeared on both coasts with challenges to preservation. Design strategies for additions that include accessory dwelling units and ancillary structures help add density, while preserving and updating original vintage modern houses.

Colin Flavin, AIA, is the founder of Flavin Architects. He directs the design of the firm’s residential projects and has cultivated the firm’s unique design approach of Natural Modernism. Flavin’s new house designs favor sculpted lines, timeless materials and transparencies assembled with respect for a building’s sited context.

Katie Flynn, AIA, is an architect with over 15 years of experience and a founding principal at Hisel Flynn Architects. She focuses on designing new construction modern homes and contemporary architectural interventions in existing homes. Flynn is committed to sensitive modern design that advances best practices and provides real, measurable value to its clients.

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Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 

CAMP Theater, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: 
Richard Neutra’s Grace Miller house; image by Colin Flavin, Walter Gropius house; image by Colin Flavin, Henry Hoover’s Germeshausen house; image by Nat Rea Photography with permission, Walter Pierce’s Peacock Farm house; image by Eric Roth Photography with permission, Walter Pierce’s Peacock Farm house; image by Eric Roth Photography with permission, Walter Pierce’s Peacock Farm house; image by Eric Roth Photography with permission. 

 

 

 

 

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