A Field Guide to Sprawl by Dolores Hayden

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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 illustrations
 

About Dolores Hayden

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Dolores Hayden , professor of architecture and American studies at Yale, writes about the politics of design. Jim Wark is an aerial photographer who specializes in capturing unusual landscape and cultural images of North and Central America. Working alone, Wark has photographed the continent from Alaska to Labrador in the north; and from Costa Rica to the Lesser Antilles in the south.In eleven years he has flown more than 5,000 hours, and taken more than 100,000 photographs. To guide him, he uses aviation skills gained as a Naval Aviator and airshow pilot, and a love of the earth and its forms gained from a career as a mining engineer and geologist. The photography is represented by photo agencies in the U.S., U.K., France, and Australia. Membership is maintained in ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and PAPA (Professional Aerial Photographers Association). His work was judged "Best of Show" by PAPA for four consecutive years (1995-1998).
 
Published July 17, 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. 128 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Organized alphabetically, with a big two-page spread for each entry, the book moves from "alligator" (an investment that "eats" cash flow, represented here by the vast and ghostly grid of an unbuilt New Mexico suburb) to "zoomburb" (a suburb on steroids, illustrated here by Arizona's spiraling Su...

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