“The best surprise is no surprise”: Architecture, imagery, and omnitopia among American mom and pop motelsSpace and Culture (2005)
This essay explores the critical role of motels as markers of transition between idiosyncratic locales and homogenized chains. Toward that end, the essay expands on a newly proposed concept of om- nitopia—an intersection of architectural design and human practice through which distinct places become nodes of a perpetual continuum—by focusing on the construction of “place” in roadside motels. From the analysis of omnitopia found in early-20th-century motels, three practices emerge: dislocation through vernacular architecture, fragmentation through iconic signage, and mutability through roadside simulacra.
Citation InformationAndrew F Wood. "“The best surprise is no surprise”: Architecture, imagery, and omnitopia among American mom and pop motels" Space and Culture Vol. 8 Iss. 4 (2005) ISSN: 1206-3312
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