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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

In Conversation with James Howard Kunstler

When the worlds of business continuity and real estate strategy merge, convergence inevitably brings specialized disciplines, such as urban planning, into the discussion. I've long been an admirer of the work in this field by James Howard Kunstler, whose books on urban planning include The Geography of Nowhere, Home from Nowhere and The City in Mind.

In the week following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Kunstler and Nikos Salingaros wrote a paper titled The End of Tall Buildings which caught the attention of the global media. A lot has happened since then, and recently a plan has been tabled for the project to rebuild on the site of the WTC in lower Manhattan. We are very interested to learn from Kunstler how his thoughts have developed in the several months since 9/11 and what his take might be on the current state of urban planning for the so-called new normal.

Kunstler, a thunderous proselytizer of new urbanism, has a lot to say about the future of the urban landscape and living and working spaces. He is currently working on a new novel, as well as a non-fiction book about the end of the "fossil fuel fiesta" and other discontents of the 21st century, and we're thankful that he took the time to share with us some of his current thinking on urban planning as it touches on the concerns of business continuity planning and real estate continuity.

Sometimes controversial in his writing and always insightful in an interview, Kunstler gives us a few nuggets of his unique perspective on the future of urban planning in his thought provoking conversation with Gill.


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