Cold War Hothouses: Inventing Postwar Culture, from Cockpit to Playboy
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Jeffrey Swystun said Hidden Gem. A theory suggests that most of humankind's progress is attributed to war. Conflict is a driver of innovation. It prompts a very dangerous race. During the Cold War the most visible example of this was the space race. Yet, there were many others that are well docu
The result is a vivid snapshot of American culture that still resonates today.This beautifully illustrated collection of essays is based on a series of seminars focusing on the impact of the Cold War on the built environment, which was recently conducted at Princeton University by Beatriz Colomina. Colomina is editor of Sexuality and Space.. The technological innovation and unprecedented physical growth of the cold war era permeated American life in every aspect and at every scale. Over the past half-century, our awe at the advances of postwar society has softened to nostalgia, and our affection for its material culture has clouded our memories of the enormous spatial reorganizations and infrastructural transformations that changed American life forever.Cold War Hot Houses casts a clear, even playful, eye on this pivotal time in history, examining topics as diverse as the creation of the interstate highway system and the shopping center, and the domestication of the national parks as well as the production of such seemingly mundane products as the drive-in theater, aluminum foil, and the king-size bed. From the creation of the military-industrial complex and the beginnings of suburban sprawl to the production of the ballpoint pen and the TV dinner, the artifacts of the period are a numerous
-- ReadyMade, January 2005. a fascinating look at the cultural conditions that shaped the modern world, true stories behind the Technicolor gloss. -- RIBA Journal (UK), September 2004These essays decode the chronology of events from World War II to today's radically transformed American landscape. -- Wallpaper, November 2004Both enlightening and entertaining
Branden Hookway studied architecture at Rice University and has worked at Bruce Mau.