As I watch television, or visit other towns in the U.S., I seem to recognize places eventhough I haven't been there previously. It seems that corporate architecture, or the bare minimum design standards for national builder corporations seems to be focused on qucik project review, consturction, marketing while maximizing profit. This has left a bland generic theme upon the landscape of our country. People have heard stories, whether ture or not, about people getting lost in their own neighborhoods, maybe even parking in the wrong driveway. I was watching a show about a bounty hunter (heard of it?) where he was hunting in Denver, my hometown. As they showed shots of strip centers I thought, "hey, I recognize that!" But alas, the show was in a opart of town I seldom visit but could compare the architecture with more framiliar places. With the ever present looming event of Peak Oil being shoved upon our midsets these days, some have said that regions will become more localized again due to the increased inablilty to travel cheaply by normal, automotive and trucking means. Would this translate into more emphasis into more localized architecture/design? Perhaps a resurgence of localized "feel" or the development of local architecture (as could be experienced out west, where design and archtiecture seem to be a mis-mash of influences from elsewhere in the US.
Would we see a reduction in the Generica phenomenon*?
*fun term I found in an office email. Generica: Features of the American (development) landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.