Are Open-Plan Houses Holding Us Hostage?

Are open plans the salvation or the scourge of American houses? That’s the question Ian Bogost, a professor at Georgia Tech, asks and attempts to answer in “The Curse of an Open Floor Plan,” his recent essay in The Atlantic. Ian takes the reader on a tour through home design history beginning with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses, continuing through the California modern homes they and other architects’ work inspired, and concluding in the present day.

Along this journey, he posits theories about some of the social and political drivers behind kitchen design evolution; and he ponders how architects and builders have yet to truly reconcile the room’s dual nature as sweatshop and showpiece at the center of today’s dream houses. See the full story here.

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