This would demand both political insight and cultural understanding. Unlike most commentators, Hayden goes beyond analysis to propose solutions. Illustrations, notes, selected bibliography, and index facilitate the reading of this well-written and interesting book, which explores a part of most Americans' lived experience. I agree that activism and good work and active public participation are important to changing things. Residents have sought home, nature, and community in suburbia. Another good book when it comes to the diversity and unique qualities of suburbia is: Suburban Form - An International Perspective.
Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 Planetizen Ten Best Books in Urban Studies For almost two centuries Americans have been moving to the suburbs in search of affordable family housing, unspoiled nature, and small-town sociability, only to find that their leafy new neighborhoods are part of growing metropolitan sprawl. In the book, Hayden describes the types of government-subsidized private developments in order, starting in 1820 America, and continuing to the present. A former president of the Urban History Association, Hayden is the recipient of a Radcliffe Graduate Medal, an American Library Association Notable Book Award, two awards for Excellence in Design Research from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors. It is much more of an account of what happened, rather than a manifesto. But parts of this book are fascinating in the details of just how that regulatory environment was created, and the how decades of profit maximization in the suburban home and commercial building industries has shaped the daily experience of most americans. Here's an idea -- if the suburbs are so repellant, do not move there.
Much of this is chain retail, void of local character and seemingly out of place. The triple dream: house, yard, and neighborhood. Indeed, the story of the solar house echoes that of the electric car American inventors had designed, built, and sold early in the century. It was necessary to pursue this research in a. As Hayden has noted throughout her career, suburban areas, along with the definition of these areas, change. Praise for this book: Whereas most successful guides make the foreign more familiar, Dolores Hayden tours us through the familiar landscape of American suburbia and, with great verve, makes it more foreign--much more diverse, complex, and important.
However, it seems that academics such as Dolores Hayden have been attentively observing these areas far before the average citizen. Most of the team members were over 50. Born in the West and raised in Idaho, she hopes to stick around the Pacific Northwest to experience everything the region has to offer. She advocates for regional solutions, including the rebuilding of older suburbs, keeping in mind which of the historic development patterns originally created a particular place. As a Community and Regional Development student her interests lie in the built environment, its effect on the human experience and discovering the secret to combining both to create unique spaces. Unlike most commentators, Hayden goes beyond analysis to propose solutions. From rustic cottages reached by steamboat to big box stores at the exit ramps of eight-lane highways, Dolores Hayden defines seven eras of suburban development since 1820.
Eventually, most suburban residents became dependent on automobiles for basic needs, and automobiles, in turn, blew up the scale of suburban development, such that every home needed a garage or two, and every civic location needed expansive asphalt fields of parking. A recent New York Times article suggests that dense, walkable suburban development only commands 10% of new housing market demand. And she makes a strong case for the revitalization of existing neighborhoods in place of unchecked new growth on rural fringes. I don't think the Hayden stuff and Bruegmann perspective are so different. But new designs alone cannot redeem a throwaway culture organized around obsolescence and the continual consumption of undeveloped land and new products. She is the widow of sociologist and novelist, Peter H.
Even more so than in Building Suburbia, it is clear that Hayden harbors not only a fascination, but also a distaste with conventional suburban development. No, but an important salvo to challenge some of those myths and look harder. It is not surprise to find plenty of women and ethnic issues in the book. Some interesting case studies in there. Thanks for the tip on the Hise book.
And, as is the nature of jargon, the terms themselves are meaningless without decent explanation. . Many architects are eloquent as they address the issues. The vernacular houses and yards of suburbia, the older suburban and small-town centers, so long overlooked by urban historians, are an essential part of American life. It is urban society trying to eat its cake and keep it, too.
The story of the postwar growth of suburbia has been told elsewhere but seldom as lucidly as here. In her two most recent publications, Dolores Hayden looks long and hard at suburban development patterns, and comes up with not only a way of contextualizing the decentralized built environment many of us find ourselves in, but also proposes some ideas as to how to improve it. Throughout her research she has noted the growth spurts that suburban areas have experienced. Growing Suburbia is an excellent historical analysis book about suburbs in America. To turn patterns of excessive consumption into patterns of wise use that can be sustained forever would require severe limits on land use, energy use, and new construction.