Salvage Salvation

Counterculture Trash as a Cultural Resource

Authored by: Greg Castillo

The Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138889699
eBook ISBN: 9781315712697
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315712697-23

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Abstract

Crediting hippie builders as socially engaged designers seems self-contradictory. The image of the hippie as a stoned, sybaritic loafer preoccupied with sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll was (and is today) the reigning cliché: a trope devised as much to exploit the newsstand appeal of counterculture “otherness” as to buttress the values of the postwar “consumer’s republic” mapped by cultural historian Lizabeth Cohen (2004).

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