During the twentieth-century the United States was the world’s most influential economic, scientific, and cultural force. Now — in the first decades of this century — that influence is indisputably waning, with the United States approaching a kind of unplanned obsolescence.

This research cluster examines the architectural implications of this passing loss through a study of contemporary America. One in which architecture exists as a form of by-product, or residue. We are beginning to sift through these varied residues in the hope of determining the words and images that truly speak of these paradises lost.

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