Thoughts around the McMansion

Stead, Naomi (2008). Thoughts around the McMansion. In Reincarnated McMansion: Auditing, dismantling, rebuilding (pp. 9-10) Redfern, NSW, Australia: ReincarnatedMcMansion.Com.

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Author Stead, Naomi
Title of chapter Thoughts around the McMansion
Title of book Reincarnated McMansion: Auditing, dismantling, rebuilding
Place of Publication Redfern, NSW, Australia
Publisher ReincarnatedMcMansion.Com
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status
Chapter number 6
Start page 9
End page 10
Total pages 2
Total chapters 15
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted Abstract/Summary
McMansions are the peculiar artefact of a specific economic model of developer-driven land subdivision and speculative housing. They tell us about the failure of the planning profession and governing authorities to control the excesses of such self-interested land planning practices. They tell us about the failure of the architectural profession to increase public knowledge and expectations about what buildings can actually do, and to make good design accessible to everyone. But they also tell us about human aspirations, the desire for status and identity, the power of a constructed image of ‘home’ in the popular imaginary. The McMansion is a fascinating social and anthropological and political document.

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