“A loved affair that will kill you”
From the assembly lines of Henry Ford’s Model T to the General Motors’ Auto Dealer’s Guidebook, from the heyday of auto industry to the decline of Detroit, from the ‘Drive-in’ culture to Googie Architecture, America history can be say to be a vehicular history. Man did make automobile, nevertheless automobile shapes the city and people’s life. Automobile was an symbol of the Americans’ new lifestyle, also it embodied the American Dream.
This project rises from a curiosity of the rise and fall of the US auto industrial history, which triggered a series of urban, cultural and lifestyle changes, and implied a gradual development of American Dream in different periods. Mentioned along with this, I determined to propose a Automobile Museum Complex which is a microcosm of the American history. With the discussion of relationship among people, automobile and city, to bring out ironic critique: Automobile makes people live better 50 years before, however, worse nowadays.