MIT Press Podcast

Garage: A Conversation with Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela

August 16, 2019

On this episode of the MIT Press podcast, Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela discuss their book, Garage

 

Frank Lloyd Wright invented the garage when he moved the automobile out of the stable into a room of its own. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (allegedly) started Apple Computer in a garage. Suburban men turned garages into man caves to escape from family life. Nirvana and No Doubt played their first chords as garage bands. What began as an architectural construct became a cultural construct. In this provocative history and deconstruction of an American icon, Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela use the garage as a lens through which to view the advent of suburbia, the myth of the perfect family, and the degradation of the American dream.