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RESTORING COMMUNITY: THE AUTOMOBILE IN THE BUILT LANDSCAPE

by FOX, BRIAN THOMAS

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The automobile has been integral to the development of American culture and its built environment. Peripheral suburban development, inefficient automotive operation, environmental pollution, and the literal destruction of communal existence characterize its influence. Rather than dismiss the automobile as purely detrimental, important social and physical qualities inherent within the automotive industry can be analyzed and used in the creation of a meaningful place rooted in the values and traditions of community. The formal expression will portray America’s fascination for the automobile and help develop a new understanding of its role in our culture. Examination of a region within Toledo, Ohio, now devoid of any strong communal space, illustrates this potential. Using Toledo’s rich automotive tradition, an educational facility that strengthens communal relations and fosters a strong identity within the area through the active participation of the residents is possible.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:automobile suburban development community

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Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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