Indoor America: The Interior Landscape of Postwar Suburbia - Midcentury: Architecture, Landscape, Urbanism, and Design (Hardback)Andrea Vesentini (author)
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Vesentini chronicles this inner-directed flight by describing three separate stages. The encapsulation of the automobile fostered the nuclear segregation of the family from the social fabric and served as a blueprint for all other interiors. Introverted design increasingly turned the focus of the house inward. Finally, through interiorization, the exterior was incorporated into the all-encompassing interior landscape of enclosed malls and projects for indoor cities. In a journey that features tailfin cars and World's Fair model homes, Richard Neutra's glass walls and sitcom picture windows, Victor Gruen's Southdale Center and the Minnesota Experimental City, Indoor America takes the reader into the heart and viscera of America's urban sprawl.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 203 x 178 mm
Extraordinarily creative and thoughtful, well written and lively. With great originality, Indoor America sets the stage for important conversations about contemporary design, urban planning, and American values. Many scholars have written about suburban houses, landscapes, and shopping malls, but this is the only book I have encountered that examines them as a group within the broad context of cultural politics and social hierarchies in postwar America.--Alice T. Friedman, Wellesley College, author of American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture
Vesentini identifies three stages of suburbanization: encapsulation in the automobile, introversion of domesticspace, and interiorization of public space (as in enclosed malls or the interconnected indoors of many recent downtownhotels and convention centers). Illustrations from popular postwar magazines and movies help make his point...Chapters on fallout shelters, air conditioning, picture windows, and malls complete this readable, lookable, and thought-provoking book.--Harold Henderson "Planning "
Indoor America is a delightful exploration of postwar society. Vesentini does an admirable job of drawing attention to what would be considered by many to be societal norms and the manifestation of those norms in our cities, suburbs, homes and public spaces. The notes and bibliography are a testament to Vesentini's thoughtful research and presentation of the topic and serve as a treasure trove of sources for further exploration. Illustrations tell a complimentary visual story of the postwar decades of the 1940s through the 1970s, with a critical sociological look at American society through advertisements... that informed daily living standards and innovations.--ARLIS/NA Reviews