Magazine March 25, 2019, Issue

The Hypocrisy of Selling Sustainable Design as the American Dream

Outside the New York Times building in Manhattan (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
From its huge office tower, the New York Times finds our houses too big

Allison Arieff, who writes about architecture and design for the New York Times, doesn’t think much of your dream house.

“The New ‘Dream Home’ Should Be a Condo” was the headline on her March 1 essay about the National Association of Home Builders’ annual “New American Home” exhibition, in which the people who make their money building homes demonstrate new ways to spend money building homes. Arieff is full of contempt for what NAHB put on display: too many square feet, too many doodads and conveniences, etc. Her complaints are notionally about efficiency. “Many builders will tell you that though

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