A Suburban Bird's Eye View

Metropolis presents a slideshow of photographs by artist Christoph Gielen, who photographs suburban developments from a helicopter.

The images in the slideshow offer a look at the pattern-heavy designs of suburban housing developments.

"Christoph Gielen has a unique perspective-literally-on the sprawl that has taken over so much of the American built landscape since the 1960s. As someone who has spent a lot of time in helicopters, looking down on the eerily perfect geometries of the nation's suburbs, the German artist knows just how artificial, and unsustainable, these communities really are."

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More Pics and Documentaries Needed of Mass Produced Building

More photographs and documentaries of mass produced development construction are needed and should be used in policy advocacy. Pictures tell a thousand words.

Professional documentary makers can capture the process and losses that are part of mass produced development- felling of native forests, paving over of farmland, the demolition of historic buildings. Too much is being lost to NOT film and photograph it.

I visited the Metropolis site and was not able to view the slide show of Gielen's photographs, it only showed the first image of a site in California. I had to visit his website to view the rest.

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