The dominant dwelling type constructed during the latter half of the 20th century in western countries (and now, beyond), the suburban home is often criticized (or ignored) in architectural and urbanism circles. But where did it come from? Two new books explore this question. The Daily Beast details the answers, from the early beginnings, to the expansion of housing sizes, generation after generation. By better understanding this dominant but disdained form, perhaps citymakers will reflect, and do better.

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