256 Images that Matter to Architecture

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The postwar culture of consumerism, tied heavily to the American
Dream, had its rise and eventual decline in the 20th century. Promoted
as the ideal way of living, every citizen dreamed of owning a
single-family home, which led to the booming growth of the suburbs in
the mid-century. The 256 book illustrates its seemingly endless
construction, and the numbing homogeneity of suburban housing
developments. Using aerial images of tract housing, advertisements
from the Sears-Roebuck catalog, and art images from photographers such
as Robert Adams, it presents an array of images related to the
environmental and human effects of this dream.