Christoph Gielen's aerial studies of suburban land use patterns provide a revealing perspective on the sprawl that dominates America's built landscape. Shot from a helicopter, the abstract and geometric patterns look almost otherworldly, forcing the viewer to evaluate the artificiality and unsustainability of suburban 'hoods and highway infrastructure.
“With these pictures, I am interested in exploring the intersection of art and environmental politics,” Gielen writes. “I hope to trigger a reevaluation of our built environment and the methods of its development, to ask: What kind of development can be considered sustainable?"
Check out more of Gielen's photos on his site.