McMansions

Call them teardowns, infill, or McMansions, the affluent suburb of Decatur, Georgia is dealing with growing concern about neighborhood character and tree canopy as property owners adopt the trend toward new, large houses in existing neighborhoods.
Jul 1, 2014   Atlanta Creative Loafing
American artist Mike Bouchet constructed a full-sized replica of a standard American suburban home to float outside the Venice Biennale art exhibition. Instead, the house sank, suggesting new meanings for the artwork.
Jun 9, 2009   AFP
A stalled and abandoned development along the Florida coast is being scouted by the Trust for Public Land as a possible site for "un-development" -- a return to its natural state as open space.
Apr 17, 2009   Los Angeles Times
A new study from SMR Research Corporation reveals that people who live alone use 18% more energy than two-person households, and 30% more than three-person homes. McMansions are, or course, cited as big wasters.
Jan 9, 2009   The Ground Floor
Fewer teardowns and new home starts back up the perception that the age of the McMansion is coming to an end.
Jan 6, 2009   The Christian Science Monitor
<p>Amid complaints of over-sized houses, officials in Seattle are considering enacting tighter regulations on the size of single-family homes.</p>
Jul 2, 2008   The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
<p>Despite the housing downturn, houses in excess of 20,000 square feet are still being built by the very wealthy — with no sign of a slowdown.</p>
Jun 15, 2008   The Los Angeles Times
<p>Despite concerns about lowering property values across the city, the L.A. City Council moved to limit the size of newly constructed homes in older neighborhoods to about 4,000 square feet.</p>
May 7, 2008   The Los Angeles Times
<p>This video from <em>CNN</em> looks at a home being planned in Connecticut that will have 26 toilets.</p>
Apr 25, 2008   CNN
<p>A New York developer is unveiling plans for a fleet of luxury homes that aim to comply with LEED environmental standards. But this article from <em>The New York Times</em> wonders whether that really makes the homes green.</p>
Apr 12, 2008   The New York Times
<p>Stan Cox argues that the massive square footage of so many modern houses -- no matter how "energy efficient" the construction -- is a luxury the planet can no longer afford.</p>
Mar 16, 2008   Common Dreams