Outer-ring Suburb | Worlds Away

Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes


Walker Art Center,
February 16 - August 17, 2008

Carnegie Museum of Art,
October 4, 2008 - January 18, 2009

Yale School of Architecture
March 2 - May 10, 2009

Because suburbia occupies a dominant presence in so many lives—a place of not only residence but also of work, commerce, worship, education, and leisure—it has become a focal point for competing interests and viewpoints. The suburbs have always been a fertile space for imagining both the best and the worst of modern social life. more

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All essays are originally from the companion book for this exhibition, Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes. Some essays appear in excerpted form where noted.

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We asked people to make a video telling us about the suburbs and put it on YouTube. Selected videos are showing in the gallery at the Walker Art Center during the run of the exhibition.

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Do you live in a suburb? Do you work or go to school in one? What is your experience of the “burbs? ”…

Whether you love them or hate them we’re interested in your thoughts on the phenomenon of the American suburb. We invite you to make a 5-minute video about strip malls, cul-de-sacs, office parks, and green lawns or whatever suburbia means to you. A select number of videos will be chosen to screen as part of the exhibition Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes in the Target Gallery from February 15 to May 18, 2008.

To participate, upload your video to YouTube and add the tag “walkerworldsaway” or post it as a response to our video above. We’ll feature all videos on the Walker’s YouTube page. To be considered for gallery screening, entries must be 5 minutes or less and be online by January 18, 2008.

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Outer-ring Suburb


Newer suburban developments further from the urban core than first- or inner-ring suburbs.

Traditionally, metropolitan geographic space is divided into three classifications: central city, suburbs (as a donut-shaped ring surrounding the city center), and the rural area/countryside lying beyond the suburbs. (The metropolitan region is classified as the combination of the central city and the suburbs.) However, as the suburbs themselves become increasingly differentiated, scholars parse new classifications that take into account a specific time of development or imply rates of growth and distance away from the urban core. Examples of newer nam- ing conventions include: first suburbs, streetcar suburbs, post–World War II suburbs, inner-ring suburbs, outer-ring suburbs, exurbs, boomburbs, zoomburbs, subcenters, and satellite cities.1

See also: boomburb, exurb, first ring, zoomburb.


1 Nancey Green Leigh and Sugie Lee, “Philadelphia’s Space In Between: Inner-Ring Suburb Evolution,” Opolis: An International Journal of Suburban and Metropolitan Studies 1, Issue 1 (2005). (↑)


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