Viewing A Suburb From Above Is Geometric

Christoph Gielen, a photographer, takes pictures high in the sky, looking down at the human imprint on our world. The boxes and semi-circles and mazes we may live in (sometimes unknowingly) create a skeleton for suburban lifestyle: static, planned and unchanging

It's funny to see these neighbourhoods (the photo above is a small, retirement community) from a different perspective. From above, all the houses combine to look more like they're trapping life rather than the individual homes that help nurture it.

The New York Times said it best; these pictures capture the self-contained life of suburbia:

They are static, crystalline and inorganic. Indeed, some of these streets frame retirement communities: places to move to once you've already been what you've set out to be. This isn't sprawl, properly speaking. They are locations in their own right, spatial endpoints of certain journeys.

I lived in and dreamed from suburban communities just like these throughout my childhood life, and though houses do look similar in track homes, each had its own personality. But from up above, we look at best overly planned and at worst like we've all reached the same end without a story to tell. [NYT]

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