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

by James Howard Kunstler

Hardcover, 1996




Simon & Schuster, (1996)


"In Home from Nowhere Kunstler explores the growing movement across America to restore the physical dwelling place of our civilization. Picking up where The Geography of Nowhere left off, Kunstler describes precisely how the American Dream of a little cottage in a natural landscape mutated into today's sprawling automobile suburb in all its ghastliness, and why "we are going to run shrieking from it to a better world." He locates in our national psychology the origin of Americans' traditional dislike for city life, and what this implies about our ability to get along with one another." "Most important, Home from Nowhere offers real hope for a nation yearning to live in authentic places worth caring about. Kunstler calls for a wholehearted restoration of traditional architecture and town planning based on enduring principles of design. He declares that the public realm matters, and that it must be honored and embellished in order to make civic life possible. He argues that the idea of beauty must be readmitted to intellectual respectability." "From Seaside on the Florida panhandle, a bold experiment to create a radically better form of land development, to the reclamation of inner city neighborhoods, Kunstler documents the movement to revive American communities and a shared sense of place - presenting the crisis of our landscape and townscape that is at the center of the debate about this nation's future."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)

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LibraryThing member eduscapes
A continuation of The Geography of Nowhere, this book focuses on issues in urban architecture and ideas for planning comfortable living environments. Check out the Kunstler's website.
LibraryThing member KeithAkers
I learned that cars are really bad for America in some subtle ways that you might not appreciate, even if you're disposed to be anti-car, just because the car culture is so ubiquitous. This is less well-known than the "Geography of Nowhere" but it's better because Kunstler goes into how a better system would work.


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