The Familiar Typology

The Suburbs of London, Tokyo and Buenos Aires

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    By nugent_denise_
    Sep 20, '17 8:19 PM EST

    Before officially beginning this blog's studies, I think it's best to give a little bit of context to why this subject is, for me, a worthwhile endeavor.

    I grew up in Torrance, California, I studied architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, graduating just over a year ago. I moved to Los Angeles and began working at an architecture firm in South Pasadena. It is easy to draw the conclusion that I have always lived or worked in the suburbs. Is this because the suburbs of Los Angeles are an inevitable entity, or because I have always had an odd, unfulfilled obsession with the suburban condition? Probably, definitely, both.

    This is a study as much about how culture and history have influenced the idealized domestic home, as it is about the culture and history that is left outside of the designed suburban form; to be found in how people adapt, alter and embellish with more validity than we may think.

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About this Blog

As part of the Cavin Family Traveling Scholarship, this blog aims to research the suburban condition as they exist in different contexts: London, England; Tokyo, Japan; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The prolificacy of suburbia, internationally, serves as a physical archive of domestic norms, political ambitions and topographical responses. This research seeks to decipher how cultural and historical standards have formalized themselves within the familiar context of the suburban home.

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