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KunstlerCast #209: NextGen New Urbanists

Released: June 28, 2012 JHK and Duncan speak to a group of NextGen New Urbanists during the Congress for the New Urbanism held in West Palm Beach, Fla. this May 9-12. NextGen New Urbanists are young professionals participating in the New Urbanist movement. Jim asks the group to tell him what they’re up to and more »

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KunstlerCast #206: Live Audience Podcast @ CNU

JHK & John Norquist talk New Urbanism Released: May 24, 2012 This episode features a conversation between JHK and CNU President and former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and was recorded before a live audience during the Congress for the New Urbanism in West Palm Beach, Fla. this May 9-12. Kunstler and Norquist field questions from more »

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KunstlerCast #202: Live Audience Podcast – Part 1

JHK & Duncan at Union College Humanities Seminar Released: April 19, 2012 James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary record a podcast before a live student audience at Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y. As part of a Humanities Super Seminar on liberal arts and activism, the students read The KunstlerCast book. During the podcast Jim and more »

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KunstlerCast #189: Irrational Cries to Demolish Infrastructure

Citizens React to Tragic Death With Calls to Demolish Train Bridge Released: Jan. 12, 2012 After a tragic death, citizens in the Albany area are clamoring to tear down an old train bridge that is already slated to be re-opened as a bike-hike trail. JHK & Duncan examine this story and explain why we must more »

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KunstlerCast #177: JHK Addresses Preservationists

Not All Buildings Are Worth Saving Released: Oct. 21, 2011 Jim and Duncan talk about Historic Preservation on their return drive from the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, held in Buffalo this week. This show includes an excerpt from the keynote address Jim gave to kick off the conference. During the more »

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KunstlerCast #165: Landscape Urbanism – Part 2

JHK & Andres Duany Critique the Landscape Urbanism Released: July 21, 2011. JHK continues his critique of Charles Waldheim’s presentation on Landscape Urbanism, delivered at the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 19). This episode also includes remarks by New Urbanist leader Andres Duany and a listener quesion from a conferencegoer. [Note: This episode contains more »

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KunstlerCast #164: Landscape Urbanism – Part 1

JHK Critiques Charles Waldheim’s Remarks Released: July 14, 2011. In recent years there has been a growing debate between New Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism, a theory that argues the landscape, rather than architecture, is more capable of organizing the city and enhancing the urban experience. In this episode, JHK reacts to recent remarks by Harvard more »

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KunstlerCast #163: Triumph of the City – Part 2

JHK Critiques Ed Glaeser’s Ideas on Urbanism Released: July 7, 2011. JHK continues his critique of the ideas in Ed Glaeser’s best-selling book Triumph of the City by using excerpts from a talk the Harvard economist gave during the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 19). Though Glaeser is an advocate for cities in general, more »

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KunstlerCast #162: Triumph of the City – Part 1

JHK Critiques Ed Glaeser’s Ideas on Urbanism Released: June 29, 2011. JHK critiques the ideas in Ed Glaeser’s best-selling book Triumph of the City by using excerpts from a talk the Harvard economist gave during the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 19). Though Glaeser is an advocate for cities in general, Kunstler feels that more »

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KunstlerCast #161: Cities of the Future

Orion Magazine Interviews JHK Released: June 23, 2011. In a special cross promotion, James Howard Kunstler appears on the Orion Magazine podcast for a full episode. Kunstler’s newest essay, Back to the Future: A road map for tomorrow’s cities, appears in the July/August 2011 issue of Orion magazine. Orion Magazine Managing Editor Andrew Blechman (a more »

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KunstlerCast #159: The Congress For the New Urbanism

Snapshots from CNU 19 – Madison, Wisc. Released: June 9, 2011. In the first of many installments to come, Duncan updates James Howard Kunstler on the recent Congress For the New Urbanism, held June 1-6, 2011 in Madison, Wisc. The Congress for the New Urbanism is a professional association of planners, architects, developers, political leaders more »

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KunstlerCast #157: When McDonald’s Comes to Town

A Community Design Debate Released: May 19, 2011. JHK and Duncan look at two new McDonald’s projects in their home towns and touch upon some universal issues with regards to these types of developments appearing throughout North America. Using the comments on a local newspaper blog, they gague how members of the community are reacting more »

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KunstlerCast #139: Social Critic

H.L. Mencken, Tom Wolfe, Samuel Beckett Released: Jan. 6, 2011 James Howard Kunstler talks about his literary influences, including H.L. Mencken, Tom Wolfe and Samuel Beckett. He also explains the role of the social critic and how he separates his critic persona from his own personality. Lastly he muses on what he might like his more »

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KunstlerCast #130: Seattle

Starbucks City Released: Oct. 21, 2010 James Howard Kunstler shares his observations of Seattle based on his recent trip to that city. He believes that the Queen Anne Hill neighborhood gives one an idea of what the best of American urbanism can be, inspite of some clunky housing types. Though downtown is active and fairly more »

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KunstlerCast #119: The Projects

Concentrating Poverty Released: July 8, 2010. JHK explores a mostly abandoned low-income housing project in Duncan’s neighborhood. Two of the three 9-story brick “vertical slums” are boarded up and abandoned. They come complete with their own “rape-o-matic” tunnel for pedestrians to travel under the bridge ramp that separates them. Kunstler says these “towers in a more »

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KunstlerCast #118: A Great American Street

Strolling Uncle Sam’s Neighborhood Released: July 3, 2010. JHK and Duncan celebrate the Fourth of July by touring Uncle Sam’s neighborhood. They stroll down Second Street in Troy NY, admiring the 19th century architecture along the way. Destinations include: Russell Sage College, the county court house and one of only two privately owned and maintained more »

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KunstlerCast #117: Berlin

History, The Prankster Released: June 24, 2010. James Howard Kunstler reports on his recent trip to Berlin, Germany…where everybody knows his name. Thirteen years ago, JHK traveled to Berlin to research a chapter for his third nonfiction book, The City in Mind. On his recent trip, he discovered that the place has healed remarkably over more »

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KunstlerCast #115: Atlanta

Notes from the New South Released: June 10, 2010. James Howard Kunstler shares his observations after a recent trip to Atlanta, Ga. Check out JHK’s Essay “The Horror of Downtown Atlanta.” Atlanta Direct Download: KunstlerCast_115.mp3 (15 MB | 23:15 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free

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KunstlerCast #114: Agrarian Urbanism

The New New Urbanism? Released: May 27, 2010. James Howard Kunstler recently returned from the 18th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism. Agrarian urbanism was a hot topic among many New Urbanists at the Congress and in this episode Kunstler takes the time to explore the topic of food production in cities. Rising energy prices more »

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KunstlerCast #112: The Politics of Place

Inversion of Assumed Roles Released: May 20, 2010. James Howard Kunstler examines the politics of place. Are the suburbs more conservative than cities? Why are people who try to conserve the historic fabric of their towns branded as radical liberals, while the agents of destruction in those towns call themselves “conservative?” What is the historical more »

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KunstlerCast #111: Brutalism

Despotic Modernist Architecture Released: May 13, 2010. James Howard Kunstler explains the origins of brutalism, the modernist architectural style that resulted in the horrible, poured concrete bunker-like buildings found all across the world. JHK explains why these concrete buildings age more rapidly, and less gracefully, than Roman concrete buildings. He also tells the story of more »

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KunstlerCast #110: Human Scale

Building for the Human Figure Released: May 6, 2010. James Howard Kunstler explains what it means to build to the human scale and how our modern built environment fails to do this.   Direct Download: KunstlerCast_110.mp3 (18 MB | 29:23 mins.)   Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free

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KunstlerCast #103: Parking Militants & Hot Heads

Passionate Positions on Parking Released: March 18, 2010. James Howard Kunstler is sometimes propelled into “mad dog mode” when speaking about the modern American landscape. But tempers fly on all sides of these urban policy debates. And there are many times when the only sane response is to be angry about what we’ve done to more »

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KunstlerCast #102: Building the Future

The End of Jive Plastic Homes Released: March 11, 2010. James Howard Kunstler believes that one way or another, we’re going to end up living in a very different daily environment than the one we’re used to. In this episode, he discusses the future of building materials. JHK doesn’t believe that we’ll continue to use more »

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KunstlerCast #94: Disneyfication of America

Our Cartoon Landscape Released: Dec. 24, 2009. James Howard Kunstler explains the story behind Disneyland, Disney World, and Walt Disney’s legacy on the American built environment.   Direct Download: KunstlerCast_94.mp3 (27 MB | 43:44 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free Announcement: There will be a staged-reading of James Howard Kunstler’s play, “Big Slide” this more »

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