What Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives by Ann Sloan DevlinWhat Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives by Ann Sloan Devlin

What Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives

byAnn Sloan Devlin

Paperback | May 31, 2010

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What Americans Build and Why examines five areas of Americans' built environment: houses, healthcare facilities, schools, workplaces, and shopping environments. Synthesizing information from both academic journals and the popular press, the book looks at the relationships of size and scale to the way Americans live their lives and how their way of life is fundamentally shaped by the highway system, cheap land, and incentives. This book is timely because although Americans say they crave community, they continue to construct buildings, such as McMansions and big box stores, that make creating community a challenge. Furthermore, in many ways the movement toward teleworking, discussed in the chapter on office environments, also challenges the traditional place-based formation of community. Although focused on the United States, the book also includes reference to other parts of the world, especially regarding the retail environment.
Title:What Americans Build and Why: Psychological PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:May 31, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521734355

ISBN - 13:9780521734356


Table of Contents

1. The landscape of housing: suburbia, new urbanism, and McMansions; 2. The landscape of health care: high tech and humanistic; 3. The landscape of schools: big schools, small schools; 4. The landscape of work: visible or virtual?; 5. The landscape of retail: big box and main street; Closing comments.

Editorial Reviews

"From houses to hospitals and shopping malls, Devlin provides delightful personal insights coupled with authoritative research to understand the forces that have shaped the American dream. She opens the door to reveal the social and spatial costs of our 'bigger is better' perspective, and provides us with steps we might take to restore humanity into our American way of life."
- Jean Wineman, University of Michigan