U.S. Suburbia : Not Good Enough for Americans

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Its another addition of Video Sundays here at architecture.MNP – this week we’re bringing you another TED video [these things are great, and there’s a TON of them], this time featuring that crazy ass ninja James Howard Kunstler.

Kunstler, a big supporter of New Urbanism, brings into question suburbia in the U.S., calling on architects, planners, and everyday citizens to cut the crap and demand higher quality in our physical environment. He even calls out Boston City Hall as the worst civic space in the country – tying in to our recent coverage on Boston’s brutalist government headquarters.  Watch the video – this guy is the truth.

The tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work [is] … a land full of places that are not worth caring about [and] will soon be a nation and a way of life that is not worth defending. ~ James Howard Kunstler [quote via Wikipedia]

Lets wake up + stop ‘sleepwalking into the future‘.

Posted: September 23rd, 2007
at 4:10pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,urban/master planning,featured ninjas,videos

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