First House - The Grid, the Figure & the Void
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CHRISTIAN BJONE is a practising architect in New York City, and has received a masters degree in Architecture from Princeton University. He has acted as editor for several books including Philip Johnson: Recent Work (Wiley, 1994) and Philip Johnson: Built Work (Birkhauser, 1992). He has written on current design topics for Octogon magazine.

ROBERT WALKER is a professional photographer and practising architect in Jersey City, New Jersey. He has a degree in Architecture from the University of Tennessee. His photographs have appeared in such journals as Architectural Digest, Newsweek and Golf Digest.


Part I: The Bauhaus influence and Harvard's first modern architects.

Introduction: on the pendulum or at the fulcrum?

Gropius and Breuer: opposite sides of the same coin.

Barnes: the puzzle of post-war housing.

Franzen: the hut and the machine.

Johansen: the figure within the field.

Philip Johnson assisted by Landis Gores: two roads diverged within a wood.

Noyes: the perfect student.

Pei: memory of a garden.

Rudolph: the prodigal son return.

Part II: Spreading the word, far and wide: the influence on other designers.

Stoller: photographer as modern architect.

Blake: writer as modern architect.

Scully: historian as modern architect.

Afterword by Philip Johnson.



Published Notes.

Select Bibliography.


End Piece.


"…beautifully produced, clever and thoughtful…" (The 20th Century Society Newsletter, September 2002)

"…shows the pleasure of discovery that the author obviously experienced doing research for the book…" (DOCOMO, Winter 2002)