Tuesday, November 07, 2006
After the War... Suburbia
As early as 1943, America was planning to reshape the landscape after the war. One cover story in this issue of Look magazine says, "The American form of government - our natural resources and our tremendously expanded production - all these can be adapted to meet any postwar situation. Beyond question, if we use these intelligently, we can lift ourselves to a new level of living."Where would the Victory Highway lead? To the suburban home of the future."When this brave new world settles down after the war it will, sooner or later, live in a house of modern miracles," says the text related to the pages above and below. "For technology and production know-how, spurred by war necessity, have telescoped decades of progress in the last few years. Your new home will reveal these developments wherever you turn."Looking at this artist's interpretation of the future in American home design, its uncanny that only six years later there would be actual subdivisions of similar looking houses built by Joseph Eichler.