James Howard Kunstler Joins TAC As New Urbanism Fellow
James Howard Kunstler, a longtime journalist and social critic, has joined The American Conservative as a fellow with our New Urbanism initiative.
Kunstler’s 1993 classic book, The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape, has remained in print for a generation and is widely considered to be part of the canon of urban studies. Kunstler has gone on to publish several more books on urbanist themes, including his most recent title, Living the Long Emergency: Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. He has also written for other leading publications, such as The Atlantic, Slate, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Kunstler has been an activist as a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and one of the most articulate supporters of its principles.
Kunstler not only understands the problems of urban planning, but also often comments on much of the unsustainable architecture that mars the landscape, as well as the fragile state of the American economy. He is a unique voice that is irreplaceable in the public discourse, especially during these turbulent times. TAC‘s Addison Del Mastro explored Kunstler’s background in a 2017 interview that discussed his background and influences that have shaped him.
Some of Kunstler’s writing featured at TAC has included:
- Where Will You Live In The Post Covid-19 Future?
- Why America’s Urban Dreams Went Wrong
- New Urbanist Seaside Paradise Celebrates 25 Years
- Beyond Cynicism: America Fumbles Towards Kafka’s Castle
- The Infinite Suburb Is An Academic Joke
You won’t want to miss Kunstler’s monthly columns, which will appear in our New Urbs section—so bookmark it and follow other related coverage on Twitter at @NewUrbs.
TAC’s New Urbanism initiative is supported by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.