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Sprawltown: Looking for the City on its Edges
     

Sprawltown: Looking for the City on its Edges

by Richard Ingersoll
 

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Sprawl. The word calls to mind a host of troublesome issues such as city flight, runaway suburban development, and the conversion of farmland to soulless housing developments. In Sprawltown, architectural historian Richard Ingersoll makes the surprising claim that sprawl is an inevitable realityof modern life that should be addressed more thoughtfully and

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Sprawl. The word calls to mind a host of troublesome issues such as city flight, runaway suburban development, and the conversion of farmland to soulless housing developments. In Sprawltown, architectural historian Richard Ingersoll makes the surprising claim that sprawl is an inevitable realityof modern life that should be addressed more thoughtfully and recognized as its own new form of urbanism rather than simply being criticized and condemned.

In five thought-provoking chapters, covering topics such as tourism, film, and the automobile, Ingersoll takes the position that any solution to the problems of sprawlincluding pressing issues like resource use and energy wastemust take into consideration its undeniable success as a socialmilieu. No screed against the suburb, this book offers a more sophisticated and nuanced view of the way we think about its rapid development and growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568985664
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
04/13/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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Meet the Author

Richard Ingersoll teaches architectural history and urban design at Syracuse University in Florence and the Facolta' di Architettura in Ferrara.

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