Crossing the expendable landscape / Bettina Drew.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Noted essayist Bettina Drew takes the reader on an in-depth exploration of several American cities-- Stamford, Hilton Head, Las Vegas, Dallas, Celebration-- to examine the consequences of built environments that fail to reflect regional, historic, aesthetic, and social values. Drew talks to the everyday people who live in these cities, along with the urban planners and developers who created them, about the cultural impact of big-business-inspired living. She concludes with an overview of the ways in which some architects and planners are now working to humanize American landscape development. Always searching for the impact of physical environment on human happiness, Drew focuses on what has gone so wrong with mass architecture and reflects on the possibilities for built environments in the future"--Back cover.
    • Content Notes:
      An unusual motivation -- New city -- Privatopia -- The coastal empire -- Entertainment capitals -- Hub of the Hinterlands -- Free-for-all -- Reflections in a mirror-skin building -- A clouding over of the blue-sky dream -- In the Red Rock Valley of the cowboy westerns -- Living on the highway -- Please play the machines while you wait -- Déjà vu -- Celebration: a new kind of American town -- The new urbanism -- The uses of modernism.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-221).
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    • ABNT:
      DREW, B. Crossing the expendable landscape. [s. l.]: Graywolf Press, 1998. ISBN 1555972799. Disponível em: Acesso em: 31 mar. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Drew B. Crossing the Expendable Landscape. Graywolf Press; 1998. Accessed March 31, 2020.
    • APA:
      Drew, B. (1998). Crossing the expendable landscape. Graywolf Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Drew, Bettina. 1998. Crossing the Expendable Landscape. Graywolf Press.
    • Harvard:
      Drew, B. (1998) Crossing the expendable landscape. Graywolf Press. Available at: (Accessed: 31 March 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Drew, B 1998, Crossing the expendable landscape, Graywolf Press, viewed 31 March 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Drew, Bettina. Crossing the Expendable Landscape. Graywolf Press, 1998. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Drew, Bettina. Crossing the Expendable Landscape. Graywolf Press, 1998.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Drew B. Crossing the expendable landscape [Internet]. Graywolf Press; 1998 [cited 2020 Mar 31]. Available from:


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 October 1998

%% This is a multi-book review. SEE the title "Driving to Detroit" for next imprint and review text. %% ((Reviewed October 1, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

LJ Reviews 1998 September #2

Having traveled to such places as Stamford, Branson, Dallas, Hilton Head, and Las Vegas to explore urban development and lifestyles, Drew (Nelson Algren: A Life on the Wild Side, LJ 10/15/89) laments the overdevelopment, impersonal suburbs, strip malls, and homogeneous planned communities she found. Each chapter includes a well-researched description of the history of the city and its recent growth as well as quotes from developers, politicians, and residents. However, the majority of the book contains her observations, and though her ideas are important and need to be voiced and debated, her indignation eventually becomes tiresome. The closing section, in which she describes the New Urbanism, a more humanistic approach to development, does not quite offset the bitter tone of the rest of the book. Nonetheless, there aren't any better essays on this important subject. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries. [Drew is a former LJ reviewer. Ed.] Kathleen A. Shanahan, American Univ. Lib., Kensington, MD Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews

PW Reviews 1998 October #1

In a series of loosely organized chapters, biographer and essayist Drew (Nelson Algren: A Walk on the Wild Side) offers a disconsolate, myopic look at the origins of "the late twentieth-century landscape" and its expression in the architecture and planning of several American communities. The book's scope Drew visited Dallas, Las Vegas, Hilton Head, S.C., and Disney's new Celebration, in Florida, among other cities and towns precludes comprehensive discussions of her main topics (unregulated capitalism, poor urban planning, white flight); too often she abandons objective analysis for impressionistic attacks on the easiest, vaguest targets: corporations, speculators and junk-bond salespeople. Concentration on more banal forces such as population growth, increased corporate competition and the aesthetically indifferent economics of mass-produced, affordable modern housing would have provided needed balance. (To claim, for instance, that shopping malls were "engineered by marketing experts to control how people moved and behaved" is to underestimate consumer fondness for the convenience, selection and lower prices malls provide.) Drew does suggest a positive alternative by praising Disney's controversial town of Celebration and other experiments by the New Urbanism movement, but the book's predominant tone is as somber as the landscapes it condemns. (Nov.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews