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Head for the Hills
— Fernando Herrera


On the heels of this, the most troublesome of a series of global crises, global leadership will move toward state guaranteed personal security. Tracking and regulating daily activity is a fundamental component to controlling any biological outbreaks. Dense metropolitan areas will warrant focused attention.The American ideal of living in postwar 20th century was suburbia. Now, Generation x and millennials, bored with cul-de-sacs and strip malls returned to the city chasing the stimulation from dense programatic and typological variety. However, disillusionment will grow from the insurgence of aggressive health risk mitigation techniques and the potential of personal mobility regulations to control high density areas. The hegemony that comes with a meddlesome top down governance (needed to sooth our collective anxiety) will suppress, through regulation, any plurality. Safety and security will dictate spacial conventions offsetting the original allurements of the city.The recoil results in the new American dream; the hinterlands. The liberation from the grid (infrastructure and formal) affords individual, expressive and creative autonomy. Alternative spacial typologies and living modalities will be the fruit of this urban exodus.


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