Chicago Institute for Architecture & Urbanism (CIAU)
The Anatomy of Sprawl
Brenda Case Scheer’s case study examines the anatomy of suburban growth patterns of the last fifty years. She hypothesizes that suburban growth develops in patterns that are strongly conditioned by the preurban fabric, for example, the farm roads and fields that predate all other development. These original, rural patterns can generate extremely scattered and disordered environments, which are difficult to plan or change because they are structurally flawed.