Suburban Monotony

The dominant dwelling type constructed during the latter half of the 20th century in western countries (and now, beyond), the suburban home is often criticized (or ignored) in architectural and urbanism circles. But where did it come from? Two new books explore this question. The Daily Beast details the answers, from the early beginnings to the expansion of housing sizes, generation after generation. By better understanding this dominant but disdained form, perhaps city makers will reflect, and do better.

Images: CC Image courtesy of Christopher Chappelear and Radcliffe Dacanay on Flickr

Mitchell Reardon

Mitchell Reardon is the TH!NK by IBI blog curator, a land use planner and urban experimenter. His interdisciplinary work centres on people and how they live, work and move through the city. Mitchell is enjoying life in Vancouver, after 6 years of living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. Catch up with him on Twitter: @MitchellReardon

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