Rediscovering the parking lot, the big-box store, the farmers market, the gas station.

Rediscovering the parking lot, the big-box store, the farmers market, the gas station.

What we build.
Aug. 18 2010 10:05 AM

Ordinary Places

Rediscovering the parking lot, the big-box store, the farmers market, the gas station.

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Witold Rybczynski is Slate's architecture critic His latest book is The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum. Visit his Web site. Follow him on Twitter.

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