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June 16, 2011

"The End of Suburbia" (video review)

Cul-de-sac housing development, Gaithersburg, Maryland, ca. 1995
© Alex Maclean, Landslides Aerial Photography
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
Electric Wallpaper Co.

The End of Suburbia travels back in time to the rise of the suburb and its place in the “American Dream”, examining life in the suburbs from its origins to the present day. The suburbs were posed as an alternative and even an escape from living in the industrial city, yet the problems and difficulties surrounding such a lifestyle are becoming ever more apparent. Furthermore, as the world’s oil supply decreases so does the ability to live in the suburbs. After bringing these issues to light and recognizing that more sustainable living styles need to be adopted, the film proceeds to explore the question of “what next?” Urban planners, scientists and economists present measures of alternative energy resources, examine the development of desirable urban living, and seek to draw awareness to how the American lifestyle will need to change and adapt to the future.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at June 16, 2011 10:00 AM


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