Introductory Lecture by
COLIN GARDNER (Art, UCSB)
Wednesday, March 2 / 5:00 PM
Where Snarled Megalopolis visualized the organic shapes generated by cities out of control, Suburbia will highlight landscapes and architectures characterized by regulation, uniformity, and standardization. These landscapes are visions of nostalgia, constructed as rings around cities, bridges between cities, islands that echo cities, or pockets inside cities.
These spaces long for a return to a bucolic paradise, yet are trapped in a frenetic geometrization that moves inexorably towards a sterilized utopia. As an international show, Suburbia will present a global perspective on the way repetitive and planned landscapes are interpreted and formed in other cultures, creating a multicultural rendering of both the motivations to form these spaces and the psychologies that suburbs generate.