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This publication is an atlas of interrogative art and design practices. As an outgrowth of the Spring 2020 Laboratory for Suburbia course at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, this exhibition in the form of a book maps a series of student projects that speculatively approach suburban sites and communities. Organized into “neighborhoods” of resonant practices, it traces connections between individual projects and invites the reader to engage with the propositions they make.

Supported by the Divided City Initiative, Laboratory for Suburbia is a paradigm-shifting art and design project addressing the political possibilities of American suburbs. Members of the project team include WashU associate professors Derek Hoeferlin (faculty lead on the grant and chair of landscape architecture and urban design, Sam Fox School), Patty Heyda (Sam Fox School), and Ila Sheren (Arts & Sciences). Sam Fox alum Maeve Elder (MArch16) serves as curatorial assistant for the project.

Publication Date

Spring 2020


Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University at St. Louis


St. Louis


History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Social History | Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Laboratory for Suburbia