Rob's Reviews > Architecture and Suburbia: From English Villa to American Dream House, 1690-2000

Architecture and Suburbia by John Archer
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Mar 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, history, read-in-2011

(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. Like a lot of academic texts this one is a bit repetitive in its quest to be convincing, but it's also quite readable and easy to understand for someone without background in the subject. Architecture and Suburbia basically does what it says on the box, but does it quite well.

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