A Nation Of Places Not Worth Caring About

The immersive ugliness of our everyday environments in America is entropy made visible. We can’t overestimate the amount of despair we are generating with places like this…the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world…there’s not enough Prozac in the world to make people feel okay about going down [these] blocks.”

In a classic TED talk, James Kunstler tears apart the architecture and public space design of post-World War II America, with pictorial examples of egregiously dismal cases, and explains why the suburbs are a sham:

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  • Tyler Durden

    Showed his true colors when he said the U.S. soldiers dying in the Middle East need to have a home worth spilling their blood over. Just another selfish baby boomer who is worried about the view from his deck and couldn’t care less that the soldiers dying in the M.E. has nothing to do with defending the “Nation of Places not Worth Caring About”.

  • Tyler Durden

    Showed his true colors when he said the U.S. soldiers dying in the Middle East need to have a home worth spilling their blood over. Just another selfish baby boomer who is worried about the view from his deck and couldn’t care less that the soldiers dying in the M.E. has nothing to do with defending the “Nation of Places not Worth Caring About”.

    • E.B. Wolf

      True. But most of what he said was spot on. Most post-WWII architecture is fucking hideous.

      • Tyler Durden

        I agree. I’m just tired of all the war propaganda woven into everything.

      • Jin The Ninja

        a lot of mid century and some modernist stuff is really siick, but otherwise i agree, the landscape is far more nightmare than utopia.

    • Kellicox1

       “Showed his true colors when he said the U.S. soldiers dying in the
      Middle East need to have a home worth spilling their blood over.”  this is where you should have stopped in your comments.  this man is speaking and showing you the truth.  i don’t know if you have read any of his very excellent books, but i would guess not and highly recommend that you do so before you cast aspersions upon his motivations.    

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BY6K4DLG4FCJTDIXFHCUCTAP2U NukL

    What they don’t teach in architecture school.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BY6K4DLG4FCJTDIXFHCUCTAP2U NukL

    What they don’t teach in architecture school.

    • Jin The Ninja

      or the urban planning dept

  • E.B. Wolf

    True. But most of what he said was spot on. Most post-WWII architecture is fucking hideous.

  • E.B. Wolf

    True. But most of what he said was spot on. Most post-WWII architecture is fucking hideous.

  • Tyler Durden

    I agree. I’m just tired of all the war propaganda woven into everything.

  • Jin (仁)

    or the urban planning dept

  • Jin (仁)

    a lot of mid century and some modernist stuff is really siick, but otherwise i agree, the landscape is far more nightmare than utopia.

  • Floyd

    Love the hydrogen car ad at the end. Bravo!

  • Floyd

    Love the hydrogen car ad at the end. Bravo!

  • Godozo

    Have known this since I was twelve and was stuck in the Swartz Creek Subdivision (not near the old downtown, in the cookie-cutter section to the west). Sadly nobody’s listened to me since I’m broke….

  • Godozo

    Have known this since I was twelve and was stuck in the Swartz Creek Subdivision (not near the old downtown, in the cookie-cutter section to the west). Sadly nobody’s listened to me since I’m broke….

  • Kellicox1

    he articulates what i have always felt and knew to be true in my heart.

  • Kellicox1

    he articulates what i have always felt and knew to be true in my heart.

  • Kellicox1

     “Showed his true colors when he said the U.S. soldiers dying in the
    Middle East need to have a home worth spilling their blood over.”  this is where you should have stopped in your comments.  this man is speaking and showing you the truth.  i don’t know if you have read any of his very excellent books, but i would guess not and highly recommend that you do so before you cast aspersions upon his motivations.    

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