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Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Author: Dolores Hayden
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— In Building Suburbia Hayden elaborates on the development of communities like: Levittown, a community of standardized homes in Long Island; the Walt Disney Company's Town of Celebration, an exclusive suburb that blurs the line between fantasy and reality in Orlando; and Seaside, Florida, an area designed for "extended porch-sitting, leisurely strolling and sharing time with those you c are most about." She also describes the possibility of the future with MIT's "House_n," the prototype of an interactive digital home. Most of all she emphasizes the benefit of preserving and rejuvinating existing neighborhoods.

Starting from Zero: Reconstructing New York
Author: Michael Sorkin
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $24.28
ArchitectureWeek— Architect and social critic Michael Sorkin presents his own vision of the future lower Manhattan through a series of essays illustrated with his own designs. He challenges the Ground Zero redevelopment plan recently chosen by New York's establishment insiders.

Manmade Modular Megastructures
Author: Ian Abley and Jonathan Schwinge, editors
Publisher: Wiley Academy Press
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— The authors believe that population growth is beneficial and that expansive megacities are an attractive goal for humanity. They argue in favor of the modularized production of megastructures, which they say will advance the art, science, and processes of manufacturing. They argue that by rapidly super-sizing the built environment, society is made less vulnerable to natural or man-made hazards.

A Field Guide to Sprawl
Author: Dolores Hayden
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $13.57
ArchitectureWeek— By combining informed but breezy text and 75 aerial photographs by Jim Wark, the author explains how the American landscape has been changed and devastated by 20th century excesses., from the "alligator" (an investment that "eats" cash flow, represented here by the vast and ghostly grid of an unbuilt New Mexico suburb) to the "zoomburb" (a suburb on steroids, illustrated here by Arizona's spiraling Sun City). She also explains the powerful political and financial forces that sustain sprawl.

Utopia Deferred: Writings from Utopie (1967-1978)
Author: Jean Baudrillard; Translated by Stuart Kendall
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $17.95
ArchitectureWeek— Seminal essays written by Baudrillard for a journal devoted to a radical leftist critique of architecture, urbanism, and everyday life.

Behind the Gates: Life, Security and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America
Author: Setha Low
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $44.50
ArchitectureWeek— An account of life in gated communities in which an estimated one in eight Americans live in fear of social diversity. Many who move there are disheartened by the insularity and restrictive rules of the community.


 
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