Field Guide to Sprawl

ISBN-10: 0393731987
ISBN-13: 9780393731989
Edition: 2006
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Description: A visual lexicon of the colorful slang, from alligator investment to zoomburb, that defines sprawl in America. "May well establish Ms. Hayden as the Roger Tory Peterson of Sprawl."New York Times Duck, ruburb, tower farm, big box, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A visual lexicon of the colorful slang, from alligator investment to zoomburb, that defines sprawl in America. "May well establish Ms. Hayden as the Roger Tory Peterson of Sprawl."New York Times Duck, ruburb, tower farm, big box, and pig-in-a-python are among the dozens of zany terms invented by real estate developers and designers today to characterize land-use practices and the physical elements of sprawl. Sprawl in the environment, based on the metaphor of a person spread out, is hard to define. This concise book engages its meaning, explains common building patterns, and illustrates the visual culture of sprawl. Seventy-five stunning color aerial photographs, each paired with a definition, convey the impact of excessive development. This "engagingly organized and splendidly photographed" (Wall Street Journal) book provides the verbal and visual vocabulary needed by professionals, public officials, and citizens to critique uncontrolled growth in the American landscape. 75 color photographs.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Decoding Everyday American Landscapes
A Field Guide to Sprawl?
Sprawl Talk
What Causes Sprawl?
The War on Sprawl
Reading the Landscape from an Airplane
From Sprawl to Sustainable Landscapes
An Illustrated Vocabulary of Sprawl
Sources
Selected Bibliography
Index

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