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8 Responses to “KunstlerCast 338 — Chatting with Andres Duany about Re-designing America in the time of Covid and other Social Traumas”

  1. BackRowHeckler December 14, 2020 at 1:33 pm #

    Interesting POV. The seminal, watershed event of the 1st quarter of the 20th century wasn’t WW1 then, but the Spanish Flu epidemic 1918-1920.

  2. snagglepuss December 14, 2020 at 6:44 pm #

    I really liked this podcast. I googled Andres after listening to it because all through the podcast I kept thinking ” omg, what a Cuban’. He sounds just like Andy Garcia. Wikipedia shows him to be born in New York, but…..The way he speaks, his emphasis on certain things, etc. CUBAN. I love Cuba and there are certain things about Cubans that are bell ringers…lol. Maybe I am wrong. If he ever wants extensive photos of Cuban residential homes, Jim has my email. I mean Nuevo Vedado, & many other interesting homes all over the country. Architectural change was a movement before the Revolution. . I smiled when he talked about building onto to existing structures because of course one sees this all the time in Cuba. The upper floor being added. And of course the inner courtyard he appeared to be speaking from. Very Cuban. They do so much with so little because they are so adaptive and intelligent. The Mexicans are said to be fascinated by the Cubans….”The Jews of the Carribbean”.

    I think one other important aspect of ‘where people will migrate to’ has to include air transport. It’s one thing to live away from urban centres, grow more of your own food, live in smaller more connected communities, but if you want to travel you will still want to be near major airports.

  3. snagglepuss December 14, 2020 at 6:51 pm #

    BRH” a combination of the two, I think. So many men signed up for duty because it represented a way out of poverty ( if only temporarily they may have thought). And how were they ever to recover from the horrors of what they witnessed and come back and lead so called normal lives afterward. The really interesting point Andres made was that is was only a small fraction of people who represented our current version of the ‘Roaring Twenties’, the so called ‘Flappers”, etc.
    What was really going on was more grim, but we like to remember history selectively. ‘Spin” isn’t so new after all… It’s been around a while. Thank you Jim for bringing this very interesting individual and his ideas to me..

  4. snagglepuss December 14, 2020 at 7:17 pm #

    Well. I just googled a bit more and I see my spider sense was accurate. He is Cuban if not by birth. So funny.
    I guess his family is probably from Havana given the history. I love Santiago. Avispas! Mi equipo siempre!

  5. Dr. Coyote December 15, 2020 at 12:49 pm #

    Re guerilla urbanism, I believe the term of art is “It is easier to obtain forgiveness than permission.” Terrific interview, I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. Thanks, keep up the good work.


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