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Allison Arieff on Shifting the Suburban Paradigm

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Allison Arieff just kills with her latest article in the New York Times on suburban housing. This is a different world than the modern prefabs she used to write about, or the solar decathlon houses that every blog is talking about; this is where most Americans live. She describes how regional vernacular forms that worked so well have disappeared: Today, it's essentially the same floor plan, sheetrock and construction that's used coast to coast. Glossy brochures with stock images of smiling families advertise "Spanish Gothic" or "Tuscan Villa," but what's really on offer is the same dumb box with a stage set of a facade tacked onto the front. The reasons behind the advertised vernacular styles have long since disappeared, their function surrendered to ornament. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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