Changing Suburbs: Foundation, Form and Function (Studies in by R Harris

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And Ley, D. (1993) Introduction. The social context and diversity of urban Canada, in The Changing Social Geography of Canadian Cities. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp. 3–30. Boyd, R. (1960) The Australian Ugliness. Melbourne: Cheshire. Bunce, M. (1994) The Countryside Ideal. Anglo-American Images of Landscape. London: Routledge. Burnett, J. (1986) A Social History of Housing, 1815–1985. London: Methuen. Cannadine, D. (1980) Lords and Landlords: the Aristocracy and the Towns, 1774–1947.

A particular, and international, perspective on suburban users is developed by Strong-Boag, Dyck, England and Johnson. They parallel McCann’s suburban landscapes of desire, in their view of the ‘imagined suburb’ which lies at the heart of discourses about post-war modernity. Their critical feminist analysis deconstructs some of the traditional and widely-accepted assumptions of the relationships between women, family, and suburbia. A range of similarities is highlighted through the differing suburbs of Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States.

G. , 1993). Compared with the amount of literature on the social character and experience of suburbia, little has been written about its physical form. g. Foley, 1980; Wright, 1981) but this is usually from an architectural history perspective. Only rarely have writers related buildings to the districts in which they sit, or the uses to which they were put (cf Adams, 1995; Kelly, 1993). Similarly, there is work on ‘model suburbs’ (Hayden, 1984; Stern, 1981). Yet, as Moudon has observed, …if these carefully designed, often innovative suburban forms have served as exemplary precursors to later development, they, in effect, bear little resemblance to the mass of developer-controlled subdivisions whose standard designs remain selective interpretations of their famous antecedents.

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