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:

21 Comments on "A Nation Of Places Not Worth Caring About"

  1. Tyler Durden | Dec 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm |

    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”.

  2. Tyler Durden | Dec 14, 2011 at 10:21 am |

    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 | Dec 14, 2011 at 11:25 am |

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

      • Tyler Durden | Dec 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm |

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

      • Jin The Ninja | Dec 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm |

        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 | Jan 6, 2012 at 11:38 am |

       “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.    

  3. What they don’t teach in architecture school.

  4. What they don’t teach in architecture school.

  5. E.B. Wolf | Dec 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm |

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

  6. E.B. Wolf | Dec 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm |

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

  7. Tyler Durden | Dec 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm |

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

  8. Jin (仁) | Dec 15, 2011 at 1:11 am |

    or the urban planning dept

  9. Jin (仁) | Dec 15, 2011 at 1:12 am |

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

  10. Love the hydrogen car ad at the end. Bravo!

  11. Love the hydrogen car ad at the end. Bravo!

  12. 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….

  13. 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….

  14. Kellicox1 | Jan 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm |

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

  15. Kellicox1 | Jan 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm |

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

  16. Kellicox1 | Jan 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm |

     “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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