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May 8, 2010, 7am PDT
Edward L. Glaeser says that the government policy of encouraging homeownership through tax breaks subsidizes Americans to buy bigger homes which waste energy.
The Boston Globe
April 14, 2010, 1pm PDT
New studies show that long commutes are significantly detrimental to people's happiness. So why choose the bigger house outside of town over the smaller house? Jonah Lehrer talks about the "weighting mistake" theory.
November 15, 2009, 11am PST
Builders John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods, hit hard by the downturn, is meeting consumer price points by creating compact home designs instead of the 4,700 sq. ft. homes that were their bread and butter.
The Wall St. Journal
July 29, 2009, 5am PDT
Author Kurt Andersen's new book describes the last three decades as a period of wanton growth, from homes to waistlines. He sees the economic bust as a way to return sanity and size appropriateness.
Boing Boing
July 2, 2009, 5am PDT
A survey of architects shows that a very low percentage of Americans are still clamoring for McMansions, indicating what may be a broad shift to smaller homes.
The Wall Street Journal
June 9, 2009, 9am PDT
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.
April 17, 2009, 7am PDT
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.
Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2009, 6am PST
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.
The Ground Floor
January 6, 2009, 6am PST
Fewer teardowns and new home starts back up the perception that the age of the McMansion is coming to an end.
The Christian Science Monitor
July 2, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Amid complaints of over-sized houses, officials in Seattle are considering enacting tighter regulations on the size of single-family homes.</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 15, 2008, 9am PDT
<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>
The Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2008, 1pm PDT
<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>
The Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>This video from <em>CNN</em> looks at a home being planned in Connecticut that will have 26 toilets.</p>
April 12, 2008, 5am PDT
<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>
The New York Times
March 16, 2008, 5am PDT
<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>
Common Dreams
March 12, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>A recent ruling that upholds the right of local communities to control overbuilding may prove to increase the crackdown on McMansions -- and demand for design professionals and architects.</p>
Architectural Record
March 6, 2008, 2pm PST
<p>Local opposition to McMansions in suburban Seattle was prevalent long before arsonists burned down three luxury homes this week. But those opposed to so-called "rural cluster development" housing worry the criminal acts may work against their goals.</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer