Cold War Hothouses: Inventing Postwar Culture, from Cockpit to Playboy

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Beatriz Colomina, Annemarie Brennan, Jeannie Kim
Chronicle Books, Apr 17, 2012 - Architecture - 288 pages
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The technological innovation and unprecedented physical growth of the cold war era permeated American life in every aspect and at every scale. From the creation of the military-industrial complex and the beginnings of suburban sprawl to the production of the ballpoint pen and the TV dinner, the artifacts of the period are a numerous and diverse as they are familiar. Over the past half-century, our awe at the advances of postwar society has softened to nostalgia, and our affection for its material culture has clouded our memories of the enormous spatial reorganizations and infrastructural transformations that changed American life forever.
 

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Contents
7
Acknowledgments
9
Cold War Hothouses by Beatriz Colomina
10
Cockpit by Branden Hookway
22
Forecast by Annmarie Brennan
55
Plastics by Stephen Phillips
91
Playroom by David Snyder
124
Toy by Tamar Zinguer
143
Mission 66 by Jeannie Kim
168
Beat Spaces by Roy Kozlovsky
190
Pornotopia by Beatriz Preciado
216
Notes
254
Illustration Credits
286
Biographies
288
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