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Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century

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In his landmark book The Geography of Nowhere James Howard Kunstler visited the "tragic sprawlscape of cartoon architecture, junked cities, and ravaged countryside" America had become and declared that the deteriorating environment was not merely a symptom of a troubled culture, but one of the primary causes of our discontent.

In Home from Nowhere Kunstler not only shows that the original American Dream — the desire for peaceful, pleasant places in which to work and live — still has a strong hold on our imaginations, but also offers innovative, eminently practical ways to make that dream a reality. Citing examples from around the country, he calls for the restoration of traditional architecture, the introduction of enduring design principles in urban planning, and the development of public spaces that acknowledge our need to interact comfortable with one another.

Review:

"Kunstler argues that our streets, malls, parks, civic buildings and houses frustrate innate psychological needs, violate human scale and thwart our desire to participate in the larger world." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] jolly rant of fiercely held personal convictions that is intended to provoke his readers to action." Library Journal

Review:

"These are harsh words from a self-described old hippie, but Kunstler's attack on a society that seems bent on denying its problems is not at all unwelcome." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"This book is a wonderful whack-on-the-side-of-the-head to an increasingly complacent country bent on turning everywhere into Nowhere." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"After both riling and delighting the reader with his ire, brilliance, and candor, Kunstler returns to the subject of buildings and chronicles the quiet growth of New Urbanism, a smart and hopeful trend toward improving American life." Booklist

About the Author

James Howard Kunstler is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and is the author of eight novels. He now lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684837376
Author:
Kunstler, James Howard
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
Quality of life
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
Architecture and society
Subject:
Urban beautification
Subject:
Political Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
City planning -- United States.
Subject:
Quality of life -- United States.
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
[bk. 3 and 4]
Publication Date:
March 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
PHOTOS/ LINE DWGS T/O
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 14.28 oz

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Product details 320 pages Free Press - English 9780684837376 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Kunstler argues that our streets, malls, parks, civic buildings and houses frustrate innate psychological needs, violate human scale and thwart our desire to participate in the larger world."
"Review" by , "[A] jolly rant of fiercely held personal convictions that is intended to provoke his readers to action."
"Review" by , "These are harsh words from a self-described old hippie, but Kunstler's attack on a society that seems bent on denying its problems is not at all unwelcome."
"Review" by , "This book is a wonderful whack-on-the-side-of-the-head to an increasingly complacent country bent on turning everywhere into Nowhere."
"Review" by , "After both riling and delighting the reader with his ire, brilliance, and candor, Kunstler returns to the subject of buildings and chronicles the quiet growth of New Urbanism, a smart and hopeful trend toward improving American life."
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