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Architecture and the Car
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    When the first horseless carriage rolled on the road, the buildings surrounding it began to change. Alex Van Oss looks at what that change has meant -- how design has been shaped by the car. We travel down Maryland's Rockville Pike -- a road whose farms have given way to malls, a cemetery to fully surrounding highway, and visit buildings that are designed to speed-ily grab your attention while driving. We tour transit villages, places we think of as public but we control as private space because of the car, and look at architectural ideas that worked and failed.

    This report will also look at what's next: the next challenge for architects who try to manage the restrictions and bounty the automobile has imposed on what they design.

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    Books

    SUBURBAN NATION: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream (By Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck. North Point Press 2000

    THE GEOGRAPHY OF NOWHERE, 1993
    BACK FROM NOWHERE, 1996 both by James Howard Kunstler. Touchstone, Simon & Schuster)

    ASPHALT NATION: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take Back. Jane Holtz Kay. University of California Press 1997.

    SAVING HISTORIC ROADS: Design and Policy Guidelines. Paul Daniel Marriott. John Wiley and Sons 1998.

    DOWN THE ASPHALT PATH: The Automobile and the American City. Clay McShane. Columbia University Press 1994.

    CHANGING PLACES: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl. Richard Moe and Cater Wilkie. Owl Books 1997.

    THE CITY AFTER THE AUTOMOBILE: An Architect's Vision. Nisge Safdue 1997. Westview Press.

    Web sites:

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington D.C., puts out Preservation magazine:
    www.nationaltrust.org

    Web site for the Project for Public Spaces:
    www.pps.org