At home in sprawl: selected essays on architecture
Over more than two decades of writing, Aaron Betsky has used his knowledge of architecture and urbanism to argue for the ways in which buildings, cities and landscapes help us understand where we are, where we have come from and where we are going. He has argued for modernist design as a way of making ourselves at home in the ever-changing world of modernity.
Betsky is particularly concerned that we understand the global phenomenon of urban sprawl, arguing that we cannot stop it, but must figure out how to do it better in a social, aesthetic and environmental sense. In At home in sprawl, using such disparate examples as California and the Netherlands, he offers possible building blocks for better sprawl. He also believes that buildings are no longer enough to make us at home in the modern world, and that architects must look beyond such structures to landscapes, interiors and imaginary structures to find appropriate and critical architecture.
Aaron Betsky is an internationally acclaimed writer and curator in the disciplines of architecture and design. Previously Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute and Venice Architecture Biennale, Betsky is currently Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum.
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