New Suburbanism

New Suburbanism

Design 2000
2000 National Design Triennial Cooper-Hewitt Museum
2004 Venice Architecture Biennale

Permanent Collection, Architecture and Design, SFMoMA
Permanent Collection, The Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art

In this speculative proposal, the spatial logics of two existing suburban typologies – the big box store and the single-family developer house - are recombined to generate new programmatic potentials.  The dwellings migrate to occupy the vast horizontal roofscapes of the big boxes, while the repetitive system of the big box store’s open-span structure, aisles and storage racks establishes the linear organization of the houses above. Storage structures extrude through the inhabitable roof plane of the big box, delineating property divisions within the alternating pattern of houses and yards above and providing a container for the equipment and commodities of domestic life. In this hybrid of house and store, the identities of both are maintained, but in an altered form—now cross-wired to produce unanticipated social and spatial relationships through their mutual influence. In New Suburbanism, the logic of suburbia is exploited, wasteful redundancies are resolved, and new sectional matings are established in continued pursuit of the American Dream.


Urban Visions


Project team:  Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis; Michael Tyre, Hye-Young Chung, Jason Tang


Linda C. Samuels; Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman, Ed. "Stitches and Insertions." Fast Forward Urbanism: Rethinking Architecture's Engagement with the City. 2011.