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New Uses for Old Shopping Malls

Shopping malls, once icons of suburban affluence, are dying. As consumer patterns shift and young people lose interest in these former meeting places, many malls are showing a lifelessness not seen since Dawn of the Dead. In turn, cities, companies and property managers have been forced…

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End of Suburbia

The End of Suburbia?

House, car and white picket fence. The modern suburban dream started just as World War 2 ended. 70 years later, that dream is beginning to look as dated as the first houses built in Levittown. Those with choice, typically the young or wealthy, are choosing…

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Did Suburbia Fail?

Failed Architecture posed this provocative question as guest editors for 2ha magazine’s A State of A Nation issue. As FA’s editors admit, “this a problematic investigation since suburbia is too big to fail…and impossible to define”, but it does provide insight into the qualities and weaknesses that make suburbia both…

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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…

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