The Art of Sprawl

Aerial photographs by photographer Christoph Gielen turn sprawl into beautiful, abstracted images.

Gielen appreciate the geometry and patterns of suburban forms from above. A resident of Germany, he says that he finds the suburbs strangely un-American:

"It's so ironic because the United States touts itself as a place of limitless freedoms and the land of individuality and individual expression, but the lived experience is like a monoculture. It's weird. It's total sameness," the German-born photographer said."

CNN features a slideshow of images by Gielen, and the article includes interviews with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck.

Full Story: America's suburban sprawl elevated to aerial art

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