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The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition

Free download The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Uction and our current car obsessed society and a disparate Europe with its mix of pre industrial creativity and war marked reminders of the twentieth centuryExpanding on ideas first discussed in Jane Jacobs' seminal work The Death and Life of Great American Cities Kunstler looks to Europe to discover what is constant and enduring in cities at their greatest and at the same time how a city's design can be directly linked to its decline In these dazzling excursions he finds the reasons that American got lost in its suburban wilderness and locates the pathways in culture that might lead to a civic revival here. I was enjoying the book until I came to the few racist and classist passages He had interesting insight into the history of cities and how that impacts them in the present day but I can no longer take his arguments very seriously

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Free download The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Culture as well as its success From the ingenious architectural design of Louis Napoleon's renovation of Paris to the bloody collision of cultures that occurred when Cortes conuered the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan from the grandiose architectural schemes of Hitler and Albert Speer to the meanings behind the ludicrous spectacle of Las Vegas Kunstler opens up a new dialogue on the development and effects of urban construction In his investigations he discovers American communities in the Sunbelt and Southwest alienated from each other and themselves Northeastern cities caught between their initial civic constr. This book is a bit different from most in the urban planning field The author uses much bombastic and colorful language than one might expect It s refreshing once one realizes and accepts the tone of the bookI like that architecture aesthetic and design are a sizable component of the book I think those components that tie into the subjective feel of a city are too often overlooked This is apparent when I look around at many of the new mixed use developments being built these days The general form is good but the street and sidewalks outside don t feel comfortable and inviting Much of the book centers on the subjective feel of a cityI found most of the history of the profiled cities very interesting It inspired me to look into ancient cities and civilizations because I found the sections on Rome and Mexico City fascinating Kuntsler made me realize how little I know about the ancient world and many other things too He s a wealth of information and generally presents his knowledge in an interesting and coherent mannerThere were a few times that I felt like the level of detail on a particular subject went a little deep but they were fewOverall the book is interesting as a multi faceted look at cities in the US and abroad But be prepared for a healthy dose of negativity and strong opinions The title is appropriate it s a semi rambling collection of history urban policy commentary and subjective opinions but it s enjoyable due to the sheer amount of knowledge that Kuntsler possesses and the energetic writing

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Free download The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free In The Geography of Nowhere James Howard Kunstler declared suburbia a tragic landscape of cartoon architecture junked cities and ravaged countryside and put himself at the heart of a fierce debate over how we will live in 21st century America Now Kunstler turns his wickedly mordant and astute eye on urban life both in America and across the world From classical Rome to the gigantic hairball of contemporary Atlanta he offers a far reaching discourse on the history and current state of urban life The City in Mind tells the story of urban design and how the architectural makeup of a city directly influences its. If you accept that Kunstler here has written meditations which his subtitle asserts rather than a book with an argument about how cities are and how they should be supported by case studies this book is perfectly serviceable It s a little flabby and unfocused in contrast to his earlier work The Geography of Nowhere He covers eight cities Paris Atlanta Mexico City Berlin Las Vegas Rome Boston and London each in different ways For Mexico City we get 23 pages of Aztec history including a theory on the psychology of the Aztec mind before Kunstler starts discussing the present day megalopolis Paris plods through a soporific look back at Haussmann s demolition and reconstruction while London concerns itself almost entirely with ideas on parks and landscaping Rome bores in on the classical elements of architecture Boston examines gentrification and modernist boxes he has a Tom Wolfeian aversion to modernism or seemingly even anything boxy Only in the chapters on Atlanta and Las Vegas both American not coincidentally does Kunstler seem completely in his element because he finds these cities wholly grotesueKunstler s biggest complaint has always been that the built environment was increasingly built for cars not pedestrians His biggest bugaboo is the suburbs people ought to live in the town the city the neighborhood or the village His biggest fear along with ugliness is Peak Oil I don t believe we ve reached it yet despite his predictions to the contrary In Atlanta Centennial Park built for the 1996 Olympics is a concrete pad surrounded by bowling trophy like pylons of no identifiable cultural reference The city s post modern air conditioned glass box office towers form a spine of orientation that makes sense viewed from the road at 70 mph but dissolves into incoherence at ground level where the towers prove to be miles apart Between them lies an incoherent streetscape of engineered uniform traffic geometries curb cuts cheesy strip malls parking lots fry pits baffling blank walled museums and a meager residue of prewar fabric Urban design in Atlanta can be summarized as the outside doesn t matter It s hot outside it s air conditioned inside so why would you ever be outside apart from getting in and out of your car And why should people who spend all their time in cars or in buildings care about the visual landscape outside these things The sportschunk of the city was cut off from the rest of downtown by suburban style landscape buffers parking wastelands and forbidding highway geometrics The location of a potentially promising housing development on the city s perimeter made it impossible to connect with the surrounding street system an incoherent spaghetti wad of suburban collector streets superblocks and residential cul de sacs At Berlin s Kulturforum everything grates berms are meaningless medians float in the asphalt lagoons trash litters the ground because people haunted by urban ugliness can t be bothered to keep it cleanIf Kunstler is bothered by Berlin you can just imagine how he feels about Las Vegas Actually you don t have to imagine because he calls it the worst place on earth Although theoretically downtown Las Vegas can be walked the scale of things on the Strip ultimately defeated these lame attempts gigantic outdoor television screens to make up for fundamentally bad design You d see packs of tourists many of them elderly wearing the childish souvenir t shirts polyester sports caps and boatlike high tech sneakers that unfortunately have become the demeaning uniform of their age cohort dragging themselves across the moonscapelike expanse of the Caesar s Palace frontage where the view from the sidewalk afforded glimpses down into a huge craterlike sunken parking pit the oldsters humping through the heat and the suffocating automobile emissions with expressions of nauseated wonder on their pink sunburned faces as though they had been snookered by the Devil s own entertainment director into a reenactment of the Bataan Death MarchIt was even appalling to watch them cross a major intersection such as Tropicana Avenue and the Strip The hotels on the four corners Excalibur New York New York MGM Grand and the Tropicana contained all together hotel rooms than the entire city of San Francisco From an engineering standpoint it was the Godzilla of all suburban sprawl interchanges eight travel lanes each way times four plus triple left turn lanes to mitigate the stacking ratios Here was a road 150 feet wide half the length of a football field not including the bonus territory added by immense curb ratios Since the New York New York hotel and casino had opened in 1996 filling in the northwest corner of Trop and the Strip huge mobs were now ricocheting back and forth among the four gigantic casinos This new foot traffic ueered all the euations of the highway engineersHis chapter on London takes a little detour at the end to Missoula Montana where he was invited to give the talk Can America Survive Suburbia He attends a meeting of the city council where the pro growth town faction battles with the anti growthers over some new development The anti growth faction complains that their city does not have enough open space This was very funny because Missoula happened to be located in a part of the country where you could walk five minutes out of town in any direction and find yourself facing the greatest contiguous wilderness in the lower forty eight states including man eating bears cougars and other bioregional incunabula The problem as I saw it from a civic design point of view was that Missoula had too much open space right there in the center of town As in many towns of the American West Missoula s streets were uniformly too wide and its buildings too low and too spread out with too many parking lots between them Civic space in Missoula was poorly defined the building facades were of a uniformly dreary artless uality on the whole poorly maintained too and there was no systematic planting of street trees The only dedicated park was located in the flood plain of the Blackfoot River and its only design feature besides an absence of houses and stores was a lonely carousel standing in the slush covered hardpan The edge of the city indeed much of the land along its main traffic arteries too contained the usual horrific clusterfuck of chain stores franchise fry pits muffler shops parking lagoons and the rest of the typical nauseating furnishings of drive in commerce found in every American town big and small The trouble with Missoula was not lack of open space The problem was that everything it contained was poorly made not worth caring about and unworthy of the condition of collective self respect called civilization Wherever I go in the United States these days it s the same story We want Open Space that s all We ask for an abstraction and an abstraction is delivered in the form of bark mulch berms planted with juniper shrubs and other such landscape buffers between the Kmart and the apartment complex We get these little cartoons of the countryside deployed everywhere and we are no better off for them We want these nature Band Aids because the wound to our urbanism cannot healThe scores of thousands of discount malls and the subdivisions of vinyl doublewide manufactured homes and the tragic collector boulevards lined with power centers and the high schools with ample parking for the whole senior class and all the rest of the cheap ugly provisional stuff that we ve filled our world up with is too much with us We gave up on the human habitat in America generations ago Now we just grimly put up with what we re stuck with until the next annual trip to admire the scenery in a sacred wilderness Normally I enjoy the little typo here and there in a book from a major publisher but this torrent was ridiculous and highly distractingberkserker for berserkerforty nineth for forty ninthUnited State for United States twicethe population of Indianapolis was listed as 31400bourgeoning for burgeoninggottem for gottenalter for altarbriney for brinycapitol for capitallocamotives for locomotivesPortugese for Portugueseever for ever indiginous for indigenousethologist for ethnologistBoromini for Borromini twiceHaupstadt for Hauptstadt twiceDeutsche Genossenschaffbank for Deutsche Genossenschaftsbankalso extraneous uotation marks missing plural forms missing ofs extra thes Unsurprisingly given the slapdash manner in which the book seems to have been edited the title page gives the subtitle Meditations on the Urban Condition while the cover goes with Notes on the Urban Condition Pleins feux sur le tutu you accept that Kunstler here has written meditations which his subtitle asserts rather than a book with an argument about how cities are and how they should be supported by case studies this book is perfectly serviceable It s a little flabby and unfocused in contrast to his earlier work The Geography of Nowhere He covers eight cities Paris Atlanta Mexico City Berlin Las Vegas Rome Boston and London each in different ways For Mexico City we get 23 pages of Aztec history including a theory on the psychology of the Aztec mind before Kunstler starts discussing the present day megalopolis Paris plods through a soporific look back at Haussmann s demolition and reconstruction while London concerns itself almost entirely with ideas on parks and landscaping Rome bores in on the classical elements of architecture Boston examines gentrification and modernist boxes he has a Tom Wolfeian aversion to modernism or seemingly even anything boxy Only in the chapters on Atlanta and Las Vegas both American not coincidentally does Kunstler seem completely in his element because he finds these cities wholly grotesueKunstler s biggest complaint has always been that the built environment was increasingly built for cars not pedestrians His biggest bugaboo is the suburbs people ought to live in the town the city the neighborhood or the village His biggest fear along with ugliness is Peak Oil I don t believe we ve reached it Bogwoppit yet despite his predictions to the contrary In Atlanta Centennial Park built for the 1996 Olympics is a concrete pad surrounded by bowling trophy like pylons of no identifiable cultural reference The city s post modern air conditioned glass box office towers form a spine of orientation that makes sense viewed from the road at 70 mph but dissolves into incoherence at ground level where the towers prove to be miles apart Between them lies an incoherent streetscape of engineered uniform traffic geometries curb cuts cheesy strip malls parking lots fry pits baffling blank walled museums and a meager residue of prewar fabric Urban design in Atlanta can be summarized as the outside doesn t matter It s hot outside it s air conditioned inside so why would Middle School The Worst Years of My Life you ever be outside apart from getting in and out of The Day Louis Got Eaten your car And why should people who spend all their time in cars or in buildings care about the visual landscape outside these things The sportschunk of the city was cut off from the rest of downtown by suburban style landscape buffers parking wastelands and forbidding highway geometrics The location of a potentially promising housing development on the city s perimeter made it impossible to connect with the surrounding street system an incoherent spaghetti wad of suburban collector streets superblocks and residential cul de sacs At Berlin s Kulturforum everything grates berms are meaningless medians float in the asphalt lagoons trash litters the ground because people haunted by urban ugliness can t be bothered to keep it cleanIf Kunstler is bothered by Berlin Measuring Time you can just imagine how he feels about Las Vegas Actually Jerusalem you don t have to imagine because he calls it the worst place on earth Although theoretically downtown Las Vegas can be walked the scale of things on the Strip ultimately defeated these lame attempts gigantic outdoor television screens to make up for fundamentally bad design You d see packs of tourists many of them elderly wearing the childish souvenir t shirts polyester sports caps and boatlike high tech sneakers that unfortunately have become the demeaning uniform of their age cohort dragging themselves across the moonscapelike expanse of the Caesar s Palace frontage where the view from the sidewalk afforded glimpses down into a huge craterlike sunken parking pit the oldsters humping through the heat and the suffocating automobile emissions with expressions of nauseated wonder on their pink sunburned faces as though they had been snookered by the Devil s own entertainment director into a reenactment of the Bataan Death MarchIt was even appalling to watch them cross a major intersection such as Tropicana Avenue and the Strip The hotels on the four corners Excalibur New York New York MGM Grand and the Tropicana contained all together hotel rooms than the entire city of San Francisco From an engineering standpoint it was the Godzilla of all suburban sprawl interchanges eight travel lanes each way times four plus triple left turn lanes to mitigate the stacking ratios Here was a road 150 feet wide half the length of a football field not including the bonus territory added by immense curb ratios Since the New York New York hotel and casino had opened in 1996 filling in the northwest corner of Trop and the Strip huge mobs were now ricocheting back and forth among the four gigantic casinos This new foot traffic ueered all the euations of the highway engineersHis chapter on London takes a little detour at the end to Missoula Montana where he was invited to give the talk Can America Survive Suburbia He attends a meeting of the city council where the pro growth town faction battles with the anti growthers over some new development The anti growth faction complains that their city does not have enough open space This was very funny because Missoula happened to be located in a part of the country where Bound to Submit you could walk five minutes out of town in any direction and find Oil on Water yourself facing the greatest contiguous wilderness in the lower forty eight states including man eating bears cougars and other bioregional incunabula The problem as I saw it from a civic design point of view was that Missoula had too much open space right there in the center of town As in many towns of the American West Missoula s streets were uniformly too wide and its buildings too low and too spread out with too many parking lots between them Civic space in Missoula was poorly defined the building facades were of a uniformly dreary artless uality on the whole poorly maintained too and there was no systematic planting of street trees The only dedicated park was located in the flood plain of the Blackfoot River and its only design feature besides an absence of houses and stores was a lonely carousel standing in the slush covered hardpan The edge of the city indeed much of the land along its main traffic arteries too contained the usual horrific clusterfuck of chain stores franchise fry pits muffler shops parking lagoons and the rest of the typical nauseating furnishings of drive in commerce found in every American town big and small The trouble with Missoula was not lack of open space The problem was that everything it contained was poorly made not worth caring about and unworthy of the condition of collective self respect called civilization Wherever I go in the United States these days it s the same story We want Open Space that s all We ask for an abstraction and an abstraction is delivered in the form of bark mulch berms planted with juniper shrubs and other such landscape buffers between the Kmart and the apartment complex We get these little cartoons of the countryside deployed everywhere and we are no better off for them We want these nature Band Aids because the wound to our urbanism cannot healThe scores of thousands of discount malls and the subdivisions of vinyl doublewide manufactured homes and the tragic collector boulevards lined with power centers and the high schools with ample parking for the whole senior class and all the rest of the cheap ugly provisional stuff that we ve filled our world up with is too much with us We gave up on the human habitat in America generations ago Now we just grimly put up with what we re stuck with until the next annual trip to admire the scenery in a sacred wilderness Normally I enjoy the little typo here and there in a book from a major publisher but this torrent was ridiculous and highly distractingberkserker for berserkerforty nineth for forty ninthUnited State for United States twicethe population of Indianapolis was listed as 31400bourgeoning for burgeoninggottem for gottenalter for altarbriney for brinycapitol for capitallocamotives for locomotivesPortugese for Portugueseever for ever indiginous for indigenousethologist for ethnologistBoromini for Borromini twiceHaupstadt for Hauptstadt twiceDeutsche Genossenschaffbank for Deutsche Genossenschaftsbankalso extraneous uotation marks missing plural forms missing ofs extra thes Unsurprisingly given the slapdash manner in which the book seems to have been edited the title page gives the subtitle Meditations on the Urban Condition while the cover goes with Notes on the Urban Condition

  • Hardcover
  • 272
  • The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition
  • James Howard Kunstler
  • English
  • 06 November 2019
  • 9780684845913

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    The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition (READ) I like this book because Kunstler's attitude about American cities is similar to mine exacerbated by my time living in Europe He does an excellent job of connecting the following urban planning; oil; carspublic transportatio

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    Free read The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition (READ) Download õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ James Howard Kunstler Amazing brilliant funny despondent book on the state of modern 'built' America and suburban sprawl This was one of the first 'new Urbanism' books that I read when I started to discover this movement in the mid 2000's and this book just blew

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    James Howard Kunstler ¾ 5 Free download Download õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ James Howard Kunstler The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition (READ) Unfortunately this novel and all its facts within it was written in the 2008 era so reading this post 2016 wasn't as fulfilling due to certain societal financial and political circumstances inevitability changing with time Although James Kunstler organizes his ideas in a well mannered function that leaves readers well acknowledged with specific urban conditions at its worst and its best allotments It's actually kind of interesting to dige

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    Free read The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition (READ) James Howard Kunstler ¾ 5 Free download Not a fan at all Do I agree with some of his points about where urban planning has gone wrong yes But I feel lik

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    The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition (READ) Download õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ James Howard Kunstler I was enjoying the book until I came to the few racist and classist passages He had interesting insight into the history of cities and how that impacts them in the present day but I can no longer take his arguments very seriously

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    Free read The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition (READ) I know I know Calling it just OK is harsh But a good non fiction work shouldn't preach to the choir This one does and by the end makes this choirboy briefly uestion whether he even belongs in the foldKunstler's opening salvo at least the one I read first was The Geography of Nowhere The Rise and Decline of America's Man

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    Free read The City in Mind Notes on the Urban Condition James Howard Kunstler ¾ 5 Free download Download õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ James Howard Kunstler i was really excited to read this bookcities can differ from each other widely and in many ways aside from their languages economies densities and architecture i find that the culture that permeates a city is in many ways what effectively defines it the trouble with this however is that it's often difficult to pin such a thing down without sweeping generalizations anecdotal evidence or personal experience which

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