Sprawltown (Paperback)

Looking for the City on Its Edges

By Richard Ingersoll

Princeton Architectural Press, 9781568985664, 182pp.

Publication Date: April 13, 2006

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Sprawl. The word calls to mind a host of troublesome issues such as city ight, runaway suburban development, and the conversion of farmland to soulless housing developments. In Sprawltown, architectural historian Richard Ingersoll makes the surprising claim that sprawl is an inevitable realityof modern life that should be addressed more thoughtfully and recognized as its own new form of urbanism rather than simply being criticized and condemned.

In ve thought-provoking chapters, covering topics such as tourism, lm, and the automobile, Ingersoll takes the position that any solution to the problems of sprawlincluding pressing issues like resource use and energy wastemust take into consideration its undeniable success as a socialmilieu. No screed against the suburb, this book offers a more sophisticated and nuanced view of the way we think about its rapid development and growth.

About the Author

Richard Ingersoll teaches architectural history and urban design at Syracuse University in Florence and the Facolta' di Architettura in Ferrara.