According to Professor Alan Berger's "Culture Now" project, "The United States is a suburban nation and will likely remain so for many years. The expansion of the suburban population now forms a supermajority of the total U.S. metropolitan area population (62%). Despite this fact, urban pundits including 'planner and designer' biases still try to emulate 19th Century European compact city forms and mobility models for the American landscape. Antithetical to urbanist polemics, we know that critical characteristics of today's U.S. cities are metropolitan scale horizontality and multi-nodal, composed of multiple agglomerations of density, containing large box architecture, and semi-urban/rural interfaces that are inextricably tied together through social and economic connections." For more information on Professor Berger's studio, visit