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1941- US enters WWII

1939 World Fair

1929- start of Great Depression

76,094,000

1918- WWI ends

(Data Source: US Census Bureau)

1917- US enters WWI

As car ownership and dependency have increased, negative perceptions have caused us only to ignore the automobile in architecture and urbanism, essentially allowing for the erosion of cities that Jacobs predicted in 1961. The spaces that we design for and around the automobile are barely considered beyond technical efficiency, and we find ourselves now stuck in state of simultaneous discontent and dependence.

1912- assembly line introduced to Model T production

Though the perception of the automobile has shifted from our early optimism to a more realistic view of how depending on driving has affected our cities and quality of life, US vehicle registration has risen steadily since 1900, with the number of cars approaching the nation’s population. Attempts at turning the tide of automobility came too late- the car was already socially, economically, politically, and physically enmeshed into the fabric of the city (Bell, 15).

8,000

1940

1930

1920

1910

1900

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Freed Parking: Towards a New Culture of Architecture and Automobility  

book completed for Thesis Preparation at Syracuse University School of Architecture, fall 2011

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