Pocket Communities: The New American Suburb (Douglas Kelbaugh)

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Pocket Communities: The New American Suburb (Douglas Kelbaugh)

  • 1991 ----- color ----- 28 min ----- vhs
  • (Upon Reflection series) Host Marcia Alvar talks with Douglas Kelbaugh, Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture, University of Washington. They discuss the changing shape of America's cities, the Arcadian ideal and anti-urbanism, and the gargantuan growth of the suburbs. Professor Kelbaugh points out how post-WWII assumptions about suburbia have been proven wrong. He suggests a return to "small-towns" or pocket communities where services, shopping, schools, etc. are all within walking distance. He also discusses America's dependence on the car, environmental issues, and malls.
  • Topics: (Architecture, Cities and Towns, Community Life, Pacific Northwest)