One of the defining features of American cities is suburban tract housing, the nearly identical lines of detached homes built after World War II. Chad Wright grew up.
“I was raised in Orange County—a sprawling suburb of Southern California built by disciples of Levittown,” explains the designer. “We lived in a tract house, a symbol of the American Dream, just like our neighbours."
Wright, now based in San Francisco, calls upon his childhood in Master Plan, a performance-installation piece in which he constructed sand sculptures on a beach to mimic layouts of sprawling communities across the country. The eroding works juxtapose the childhood experience of building sand castles on the beach against the grim reality of the contemporary housing collapse.
Master Plan is the first of a three-part series investigating the vision and legacy of suburbia. Look forward to seeing the next phase.
Photos: Lynn Kloythanomsup (Architectural Black)