Since the 19th century, the normative suburban family in the U.S. has consisted of a husband, a wife, and their children. But not everyone living in the suburbs, past or present, has belonged to a nuclear family. This talk will describe experimental communities from the forthcoming book 'Radical Suburbs' in which architecture and design were used to push back against the primacy of the nuclear family; bolster it with an extra layer of social support; or critique the gender norms inherent within it.
Amanda Kolson Hurley is a writer and editor specializing in architecture and urban issues. Currently, she is a senior editor at The Atlantic's CityLab. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, the American Scholar, Architect, Curbed, and other publications. In 2017, she won the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for architectural writing. She has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Bristol (UK) and now lives in Silver Spring, Md.