I’m always intrigued by the homogeneity in fresh suburban housing developments. The neat rows of homes, the near perfect concrete scoring, thin tree lines, and general cleanliness. Sometimes this cleanliness is mistaken for sterility, but over time we see that this is not true at all. These suburban developments, over many decades, evolve into individual places as they themselves are eaten by encroaching urban development.

Artist Paho Mann explored the world of re-inhabited Circle K’s (the southern equivalent to 7-eleven). In the early 90’s, Circle K underwent massive restructuring, and hundreds of their storefronts — all the same — were sold. He documents these new uses:

The slow individualization of re-inhabited Circle Ks caused by years of choices and actions caught my attention. These buildings do not show a linear progression of the corporatization and homogenization of suburbia, but rather serve as evidence of a more circular system – a system driven by a delicate negation between same and different, between complicated sets of actions and choices that shape our built environment.

http://www.pahomann.com/circlekgallerys/circlek.php

– Victor

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