a drive through neighborhoods across america demonstrates stylistic differences in the domestic architecture, but arguably the single most common element of the single family home is the roof. whether located in ann arbor, albuquerque, or atlanta, shared structures crisscross national geographies and neighborhood boundaries. ordinary and simplistic, yet highly repetitive, gable and hip roofs dominate the scene while butterfly and mansard roofs represent a rarer species. dormers, A-frame, and shed roofs are combined to make a complex system of functional envelopes with countless variations. it is upon these observations that jennifer bonner has developed an exhibition called ‘domestic hats’.
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