In this TED talk from 2004 James Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere, takes a characteristic no-nonsense (sometimes shocking) look at suburban sprawl and it’s relationship to our national self-worth. It’s a bit long (for modern-day internet attention spans?)—about 20 min—but it’s entertaining, relevant, and presented in language intended for everyone, not just architecture and planning professionals.
TED Talks have a tendency to be annoying, dull, or, hell, even downright pretentious. As a result, I don’t normally tune in. But when James Howard Kunstler is involved, exceptions can be made.
Agree with Matthew Newton about the general presentation of TED Talks, however this session is absolutely essential viewing.