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The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-made Landscape

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-made Landscape [Kindle Edition]

James Howard Kunstler
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Robert Taylor Boston Globe A wonderfully entertaining useful and provocative account of the American environment by the auto, suburban developers, purblind zoning and corporate pirates.

Bill McKibben author of The End of Nature A Funny, Angry, Colossally Important Tour of Our Built Landscape, Our Human Ecology.

The New Yorker A serious attempt to point out ways future builders can avoid the errors that have marred the American landscape.

James G. Garrison The Christian Science Monitor Contributes to a discussion our society must hold if we are to shape our world as it continues to change at a dizzying pace.

Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Provocative and entertaining.


The Geography of Nowhere traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots.

In elegant and often hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts our nation's evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the modern auto suburb in all its ghastliness. The Geography of Nowhere tallies up the huge economic, social, and spiritual costs that America is paying for its car-crazed lifestyle. It is also a wake-up call for citizens to reinvent the places where we live and work, to build communities that are once again worthy of our affection. Kunstler proposes that by reviving civic art and civic life, we will rediscover public virtue and a new vision of the common good. "The future will require us to build better places," Kunstler says, "or the future will belong to other people in other societies."

The Geography of Nowhere has become a touchstone work in the two decades since its initial publication, its incisive commentary giving language to the feeling of millions of Americans that our nation's suburban environments were ceasing to be credible human habitats. Since that time, the work has inspired city planners, architects, legislators, designers and citizens everywhere. In this special 20th Anniversary edition, dozens of authors and experts in various fields share their perspective on James Howard Kunstler's brave and seminal work.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
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  • Verlag: (13. September 2013)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00F7OM1HE
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If anyone has the capacity to let it sink into the average American suburbanite's head (at least those born in the postwar era) that that gleaming new boxy/plate-glass convenience store or massive-warehouse-style mega-mart (as well as all that tract housing) is *not* incredibly beautiful to either our eyes or our psyche, Kunstler has the gift of the pen to do it. Kunstler is unquestionably correct in pinpointing the automobile as the primary target of what has been wrought upon our new and ugly built environment (although other writers have also pointed this out as well). He pinpoints villains ranging from corporations to politicians in allowing this to happen; he's basically on target here as well. However, while Kunstler does hint at the following, it would do well to remind the reader in unmistakeable terms that it was ultimately the *American people* that allowed this to happen. When faced with a choice between aesthetics and convenience, we postwar Americans gave a huge bear-hug to convenience -- and in effect said, "Let's bring on the six-lane speedways slicing through the middle of town -- and if you make that fast-food joint gaudy enough, we'll be able to spot it as we drive towards it so we can get to it on the next exit ramp." The author also points out the Disneyesque phony-ness of much of today's "trendy" architecture (which seems to be a confused antidote to that six-lane monster and panoply of crud that surrounds it). Kunstler, like a number of others, pinpoints New Urbanism-type solutions as a very plausible antidote to all this ugliness and phony-ness. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Refreshing Book 10. Februar 2000
No, this book isn't the most scholarly approach to urban planning. But is a much needed book. One of the problems with the myriad of books that have emerged lately on the topic of modern urban design is that they are written in academic speak, not readily understandable by the layman or laywoman who is attempting to make a difference while serving on town boards. Although no one has mentioned it in these reviews, it was gutsy of the author to propose that a building could be objectively ugly. This is important to those of us who are sick and tired of trying to tell developers that we don't want another McDonalds because the golden arches don't relate to the spacial relationships of our sidewalks. Damn it, we have the right to reject it because its plug ugly. His comments on Disney were wicked, accurate, and entirely true. Read this book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen small town extraterrestrial visits modern city 26. November 1999
Von karl b.
This is something of a sightseeing tour through the depredations of modern urban design. Highly anecdotal in its approach, choppy in style, it covers no real new ground. It is, however, a useful survey of current criticism of urban planning. I was distressed to see his bibliography contained no mention of Jane Jacob's 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities'-- the seminal work taking to task the concepts manifested in suburban wastelands and decaying inner cities. Kunstler's approach swings between vague economic, historic and philosophical tracts and some fairly well traveled material on building and urban design theories. The most prominent villain in this take is the car. This really doesn't provide a useful starting point for designing more livable cities. Not unless you acknowledge that the car is here to stay, and that urban design will have to come grips with its presence and still aspire to build cities which provide intense community centred cultures.
Urban design reflects directly our values as a society. Answers as fundamental as Kunstler is proposing cannot be broached successfully without changing those values. That is an idealistic and realistically futile prospect. The vocal and activist polarities on this issue, the utopian and maudlin pragmatic, dictate the limited attention and action it gets in the political reality. Railing against the automobile, corporate priorities, environmental inattention or our alienation from the homogenous communities of our past will finally relegate the issue to a few academics and misanthropes.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The State of the United States 9. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This book does an extrememly good job of describing the current state of the United States. I read this book for my anthropology class. It was a very interesting read, and I certainly recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It all comes into focus! 14. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
If you grew up in a suburban tract house, you may have hated it. I know *I* did. I wasn't sure why, I just knew that something was *wrong*, something was *missing*. This was truly one of the most important books I have read (and I read *a lot*) because it provided immediate insight into what really *is* all wrong with those tract houses and the "neighborhoods" where they stand. Granted, some may criticize Kunstler because he is not an architect or city planner. On the other hand, his outsider status gives him the insight to proclaim "The Emperor has no clothes!"
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Just another book promoting the over-rated "New Urbanism"
If you want to read stories about the author's boyhood, or read lies about Modern Architecture, this is for you. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. November 1999 von Third Warrior
5.0 von 5 Sternen Shows how common sense in planning is uncommon!
A book you have to read if you are concerned about sprawl. Tells why America everywhere is starting to look the same-cookie cutter subdivisions, etc. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen why America is so GoshDarn ugly
This book is a treat. It's one of those books that helps give you words for what you've always felt, but haven't articulated. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. April 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best urban writers of the twentieth century.
Jim Kunstler's books are the best popular expression of the architectural movement known as New Urbanism. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 1999 von John Massengale
4.0 von 5 Sternen A sarcastic look at what is wrong with suburbia
I really enjoyed this book as a biting, sarcastic look at what is wrong with suburbia today, how it got there and is there an alternative? Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. Januar 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Urban Style
Mr. Kunstler writes about the rise and fall (and glimmerings of a new rise) of our urban landscape. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. September 1998 von
2.0 von 5 Sternen Witty in lieu of insight...
As a general study into the well documented shortcomings of contemporary cities (suburbia/automotive society), Kunstler has done an excellent job of expressing his turmoil. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. September 1998 von jeff a jurzyniec (
5.0 von 5 Sternen Stunning and Clear Insights About a Civilization in Decline
Kunstler is a gracious and wonderful writer. How can anyone with half a brain not feel anger at what has happened to America? Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. August 1998 veröffentlicht
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