Friday, September 29, 2006

Kunstler, P.II

Today, I came across "A reflection on cities of the future," published yesterday in the Energy Bulletin. In this article, James Kunstler responds to architects' contemporary visions of cities' futures from Le Corbusier and his Plan Voisin to the new generation of "mojo architect savants" to the New Urbanists. Kunstler applies his observations of the present and predictions of the future described in The Long Emergency to these future cities.

"A reflection on cities of the future" seems to be reasonable Cliff's Notes version of Kunstler's full length book (if one doesn't read Emergency anytime soon)- as well a great complement to my in-progress reading of Kunstler's The Long Emergency.


Blogger Lester S. Moore said...

If I can direct your attention to a bit more Kunstler:

His "Eyesores of the Month" are straight out of Arch. Record, and provide much more entertainment, and quite frankly, much more realistic commentary than that magazine could ever hope for.

L.S. Moore

6:37 PM  
Blogger Bradley said...

From some quick browsing"

"Eyesore of the Month - October 2005

The Peter B. Lewis Building for Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. Architect: Frank Gehry. If your dog had a tumor like this the vets would just shake their heads and put him to sleep. The design follows the logic of cancer: invade and overwhelm the host organism. It's appropriate that this building houses the business school, because it aptly expresses the disfigurement of American economic practice in our time: banality meets pathology in a tragic duet."

7:51 PM  
Blogger Lester S. Moore said...

Maybe thats what Gehry was really going for,this "commentary" on business. Maybe we shouldn't be too harsh on him.

L.S. Moore

10:06 PM  

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