Peak Moment: Cultivating a Suburban Foodshed

19 Aug 2008 | |
View all related to agriculture | Food | Peak Moment Television | Suburbia
Landscape architect Owen Dell has a vision: transforming suburban neighborhoods into shared "foodsheds" with food-bearing and native plants, and even chickens. Neighbors can start by finding edible plants already growing in their yards, maybe remove fences, plant what works best in each location. Best of all, share the resulting food abundance with one another and build the social network with shared food potlucks. Tour Owen's own edible landscape yard, including a rooftop container garden complete with visiting cat. Episode 123.

KunstlerCast: Children of the Burbs

17 Apr 2008 |
View all related to children | KunstlerCast | Suburbia
View all related to Duncan Crary | James Howard Kunstler
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Is raising children in suburbia a form of child abuse? What happens to developing people when public space is the berm between the Wal-Mart and the K-Mart? When school looks like a maximum security "facility"? When parents are chauffeurs? James Howard Kunstler addresses these topics and speaks of his own experiences growing up in the suburbs of Long Island and in Manhattan. Episode 10. With transcript/Con la transcripción española.

KunstlerCast: Picturing Suburbia

24 Apr 2008 |
View all related to art | KunstlerCast | Suburbia
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When James Howard Kunstler isn't railing against suburban sprawl, he's painting it. Vincent van Gogh painted the peasant sleeping by the haystack because he was living in a landscape populated by people. Our landscape is populated by cars. So, as a sur la motif painter of our time, Jim's subjects include cars on the road, gas stations and the industrial ruins of America's manufacturing past. Episode 11. With transcript.

KunstlerCast #8: The Glossary of Nowhere

07 Apr 2008 |
View all related to KunstlerCast | Suburbia
View all related to Duncan Crary | James Howard Kunstler
When James Howard Kunstler wrote The Geography of Nowhere, it was to give people "the vocabulary to understand what's wrong with the places they ought to know best." In this installment of the KunstlerCast we run down a few choice Kunstlerisms, like "parking lagoons", "nature Band-Aids" and "patriotic totems." Kunstler also tells us why the depressing topic of suburban sprawl is also really funny.

Peak Moment: Suburban Permaculture with Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg

06 Mar 2008 | |
View all related to gardening | Peak Moment Television | Permaculture | rainwater catchment | Suburbia | Sustainability
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Tour Janet and Richard's quarter acre for an example of what's possiblein suburbia. Their front yard of edible plants also provides habitatfor birds and insects. The backyard radiates out from an herb andkitchen garden to vegetable beds and containers; 25 fruit and nuttrees; and a restful Zen garden. Near a future pond is a "threesisters" spiral of corn, beans and squashes. Check out their rainwatercatchment barrels system, solar ovens, grid-tied photovoltaics withbackup batteries, a low-energy house, solar-heated garden room, and acomfortable "summer palace" of natural & salvaged materials. ( Episode 100!

KunstlerCast #2: Small Cities and Towns

21 Feb 2008 |
View all related to City Structure and Design | KunstlerCast | New urbanism | Suburbia
View all related to James Howard Kunstler | Duncan Crary
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James Howard Kunstler describes the impending end of cheap oil, which he calls The Long Emergency. Suburbia is a living arrangement with no future. Things are going to get pretty gnarly in the big cities, too. But small cities, that exist at a scale that can be rebuilt, are the places of the future. With transcript.