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Architecture and Suburbia: From English Villa to American Dream House, 1690-2000
by John Archer
The American suburban dream house-a single-family, detached dwelling, frequently clustered in tight rows and cul-de-sacs-has been attacked for some time as homogeneous and barren, yet the suburbs are home to half of the American population. Architectural historian John Archer suggests the endurance of the ideal house is deeply rooted in the notions of privacy, property, an ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 12th 2008 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published 2005)
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(8/10) I'm not exactly what you would call an expert on architecture (i.e. I know basically nothing about it), but this book did a pretty good job of explaining how something seemingly concrete like house design intersects with very ideological ideas of the self and inner life. Archer provides a detailed summary of architectural theory and practice relating to the suburban home through the past three centuries, and explains how these developments embodied new ways of thinking about the world. Li ...more