Urban sprawl spreads into slang
, a quick and easy guide to the new language of urban design. Boomburbs, Zoomburbs, Snoutscapes, Ball porks, ground cover, all words with a pitifully low Google
hit rate (so they must be onto something new). I remember reading something not so long ago that blasted the West Coast's prediliction for generously spaced suburban tracts, modernist houses that presented themselves to the street via their garage first, with scarcely any indication of the home contained behind it.
In particular, the Eichler Home
came in for some stick (see also the Eichler Network
), deemed just as guilty (if not more so) than the fashionably oxymoronic Colonial-style McMansion
with its jarring three-car garage (the owners of this page
, the Mc-Tastic 'Parade of Homes
', are smart enough to ensure that a search for 'McMansion' throws up their site).
And it's true, the public face of a typical Eichler plan
is restricted to a car port and a garage, effectively turning its back on the life of the street in favour of a secluded patio at the rear. The houses at Memorial Bend
, mentioned earlier, follow a similar pattern. This streetscape is what the above article refers to as a 'Snoutscape', its 'nose' to the street.
Other definitions include 'Zoomburbs' (an even faster-growing Boomburb
, a 'suburb undergoing rapid population growth
') and 'Ball Pork' ('... a sports stadium built with public money for the benefit of a privately owned athletic team.'). Interesting stuff, although we rather think the term 'Putting parsley around the pig', described as 'minimal landscaping to decorate mundane large developments.' is one of those joke metaphors that bored marketing types like to make up in meetings to bamboozle clients ('let's put this cat on the patio and see if it walks'). Sort of related, City-Data
, reams of statistics about US cities.
Elsewhere. Don't be like us and lose twenty minutes from a horrifically busy schedule with turbo tanks
/ the dinky Peugeot 204
/ Doodles, Drafts & Designs
: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian
) / Clutter and Junk
at the Giornale Nuovo
, with some tasty snippets of RP