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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714848433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714848433
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,343,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cory Buckner is a practising architect and writer who bought a house designed by Jones and began to research his work. She obtained her architecture degree from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Architectural History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Hennion on 23 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Small user-friendly format book. Very concise, nice pictures and great floorplans. This is the architect Taschen forgot to cover. Thanks to Phaidon for this.
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Timeless Modernism 5 Jun. 2002
By Edward J. Shannon, AIA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Let me begin by saying that this is a beautiful book. The original black and white photos are as crisp as the planar fascias and walls of Jones' many projects represented here. The graphics, (mostly plans and perspective renderings) are reproduced in a sepia tone that wonderfully invokes the spirit of the post WW2 period. And, in this age of neo-modernism, it is great to be exposed to a talented, true modernist whose architecture was not influenced by the latest fads and trends, but by the architect's deep convictions of modern architecture improving the quality of life.
The book contains a short essay and a catalogue of about 65 of Jones (and his partner Frederick Emmons) projects. The projects are shown chronologically in seven categories: Single-Family Houses; Residential Housing Developments; Churches; Commercial Spaces; Civic Spaces; University Buildings; and Planning Work.
The essay entitled Building for Better Living: The Architecture of A. Quincy Jones, is however, disappointingly brief. Although it begins in a biographical format, it moves quickly into Jones' theories on multi and single-family residential development. It then discusses Jones' design methods and uses of materials, and concludes abruptly with Earth Structures & Energy Systems and Planning & Landscape Designs. Very little is mentioned in regard to his practice and the fact that Jones and Emmons were awarded national AIA Firm of the Year in 1969. The essay makes no mention when and how Jones died.
Jones' plans are a work of art, not just graphically, but in regards to the rigor in which he was able to make space and structure flow and integrate his buildings into the California landscape. It is unfortunate that only about a third of the projects in this book contain plans. Still, there are some stunning projects represented here. I highly recommend this book to the serious student of mid-century modernism.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A.Quincy Jones 23 Oct. 2002
By Michael Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is easy to dismiss the work of Quincy Jones (1913-79) as modernism lite. His long association with Joseph Eichler and other suburban builders prevented him from being taken as seriously as more rigorous and rebellious peers. Modern architecture is supposed to be challenging; Jones made it look easy. However, a drive around Crestwood Hills in West LA, and a close examination of the model houses he and others designed for that enlightened housing association, engender a new respect. Pragmatic, inventive, and humane, Jones bridged the chasm between high art and popular taste, emphasizing practicality over ideology. Buckner has hands-on experience, having restored four Jones houses, and one wishes she had expanded her brief introduction to the architect's career to communicate her personal enthusiasm for his unshowy brilliance. In every other way, this is an admirable survey of 65 key projects, illustrated with vintage black and white photos, drawings and plans.
A. Quincy Jones Architecture 13 Feb. 2013
By Merle Duckett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great product and great service.

very helpful information for our home owners association

also a good historical perspective on mid century modern homes
I'm just happy this title exists 6 Aug. 2014
By BonusBall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Above all, I'm just happy this title exists..besides it being a great book. I lived in a Ca. neighborhood with homes designed by this man.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Atomic Ranch House story bombed 25 Oct. 2011
By William Reifsteck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Living in an Atomic Ranch designed by A. Quincy Jones I wanted to learn more about this man and his design style. While this book has a lot of wonderful pictures of many of his houses it did not tell much about the man and his design style. I will leave the book for the next owner of the house.
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