Life on the edge: why 'Infinite Suburbia' is the ultimate urbanist's book

A beautifully detailed study into life on the outskirts

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Whatever your view of suburbia – be it relaxing urban utopia or boring leafy hell-hole – there’s no denying outward sprawl is a vital part of all modern cities.
 
Improvements in road and rail systems have enabled vast numbers of commuters to live on the outskirts of urban areas, travelling to work in the centre. 
 
Now, a new book, Infinite Suburbia, collects a staggering 52 essays about the phenomenon – touching on topics as diverse as suburban architecture, demographics, mobility, economics and future technologies. 
 
We’ve been lucky enough to get a preview of the fantastic aerial drone shots used in the book. Photographed from above it’s easy to see the scale and ambition of these suburban developments, although the repeated patterns and grids also remind us of the drab uniformity of peripheral zones.
 
Weighing in at more than 700 pages and featuring a mind-boggling variety of fantastic photography, drawings, plans, diagrams, charts and maps this exhaustive study is the definitive statement on suburbia – and something that all city dwellers can enjoy, whichever part of town they're in.
 
Photography by Matthew Niederhauser and John Fitzgerald for LCAU.

Infinite Suburbia with Celina Balderas Guzman, edited by Alan Berger and Joel Kotkin is published by Princeton Architectural Press, £60, Out now.
 
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