107th ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, Black Box

Homes Without Quality

Annual Meeting Proceedings

Author(s): Brittany Utting

The developer’s catalog of homes is the most persuasive author of the suburban landscape. This database of houses—a combinatorics of style and typology—constitutes a logistical regime of wealth distribution, territorial acquisition, and aesthetic management. The catalog’s listings of architectural style and model number establishes a strategy that leverages the iconography of the home to clad otherwise identical floor plans. The question then arises: what becomes of the standardized, market-generated plan in a post-digital city? These domestic objects—generic in disposition and typified by the city—are an alternative to the positivisms of parametric urbanism, proposing architecture as an open framework, one through which we can construct new models of collective life, leisure, and labor.


Volume Editors
Amy Kulper, Grace La & Jeremy Ficca