24 April 2012

Suburbia as a way of life

If Louis Wirth wrote his famous essay "Urbanism as a way of life", the following promo-video for the city of Redbook offers a portrayal of what we might call suburbanism. The short movie was produced in 1957 in USA and, even though we might already know a lot about the suburban dream, it is still stunning to hear, for instance: "The people who created the suburbs are young adults and the shopping centers are built in their image."
On the one hand, there is a continuous stress on the idea of a do-it-yourself house and family, on the other automatism seems to play a key role. Life is divided between family-care and the shopping center, parties take place at home rather than in clubs or bars...

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