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Same Old Claptrap

November 05, 1989

In Leon Whiteson's otherwise interesting article on the admirable Case Study Exhibit at the Temporary Contemporary ("Homes That Captured the Dream," Oct. 15) it is disappointing to read the same old claptrap about the great significance of the Case Study program.

It is entirely possible to praise John Entenza's program for its utopian concept and for the artistry of some of the resulting designs, while at the same time admitting that it failed in its goal of influencing the mast housing market. To claim that it had a "major impact" is laughable; of the "major innovations . . . in popular house design" that Whiteson lists, only the lowly sliding glass door applies.

False praise does the cause no good. Critics and designers must have a more clear-eyed view of past successes and failures if their present opinions are to be valued by others in society.

DAVID R. WEAVER

Los Angeles

Weaver is an architect.

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