Failed Architecture posed this provocative question as guest editors for 2ha magazine’s A State of A Nation issue. As FA’s editors admit, “this a problematic investigation since suburbia is too big to fail…and impossible to define”, but it does provide insight into the qualities and weaknesses that make suburbia both appealing and despised. Reflecting on this dominant development 20th century can help us understand where our cities have been, and where they are going.


One thought on “Did Suburbia Fail?

  1. Suburbs have generally failed at maintaining desirability long-term. About the only places we’re your typical ’50s suburbia seems to be “thriving” are areas where housing demand is extremely high, like California. In more normal markets, many ’50s and ’60s era developments appear to be suffering from varying degrees of disinvestment.


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