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A Quincy Jones by Cory Buckner (2002)


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A. QUINCY JONES By Cory Buckner. 2002, Phaidon Press. Hard cover with dustjacket, 272 pages, 8.5" square format. Gorgeous photographs by Julius Shulman, Ernest Braun.

":Archibald Quincy Jones (1913-1979) was a Los Angeles-based architect and educator who shared the Case Study goal of reinventing the house as a way of redefining the way people lived in postwar America. A pioneer in "greenbelt" planning, Jones raised the level of the tract house in California from the simple stucco box to a structure of beauty and logic surrounded by gardens and integrated into the landscape. He introduced not only new materials but also a new way of living within the built environment, and his work bridged the gap between custom-built and developer-built homes. The exquisite detailing and siting of Jones's houses, churches, commercial and university buildings make them quintessential embodiments of mid-century American architecture.

This is the first and currently the only book published on Jones, documenting the entire scope of his career, from his early postwar planning projects to his long association with Palo Alto building magnate Joseph Eichler, developer of the Eichler homes. The book is comprised of two parts: a substantial introductory essay tracing Jones's life and career, summarizing his key projects and his contributions to planning; and a catalogue of 65 of Jones's projects divided into building type and illustrated with high-quality black-and-white period photographs, and plans and renderings by Jones."