"In the United States we have attempted to build a landscape of conceptual dichotomies: public/private, old/young, built/natural, work/leisure, non-family/family, poor/rich, frail/ strong. The second member of each pair is considered somehow "better" than the first member, often morally better. Therefore we have tried the keep the contents of the categories separate, to prevent some kind of contamination of the second category by the first one. The urban/suburban division and the social and physical form of the suburban house and community in the U.S. result from a mapping of these categories onto the landscape. Thus the suburban community excludes much of what pertains to public, old, built, work, non-family, poor and frail and promotes that which is private, so-called natural, pertaining to leisure, family, rich and strong. One intention was, and still is, to create a sanctuary for each family household, a place where nuclear family members are safe from all "outside" influences believed, where they can focus exclusively on one another, where there are no distractions from and no incursions into the sacred activities of domestic life, a life believed to be free of struggle, conflict, or stress. This paper explores the history and the consequences of both seeing the suburban house and community as a sanctuary and trying to make them one."