Friday, March 12, 2010

KunstlerCast #102: Building the Future

SHOOT: This is about reinventing suburbia, in a world where property has...well, a different value. Houses will need to be more secure and connected to organic systems, obviously greener... Link to the podcast is below the fold.

The End of Jive Plastic Homes

James Howard Kunstler believes that one way or another, we're going to end up living in a very different daily environment than the one we're used to. In this episode, he discusses the future of building materials. JHK doesn't believe that we'll continue to use the same "jive plastic" production home building materials and techniques in the future. He's been thinking a lot about how we're going to re-orient the building trades to use less exotic materials and fewer fabricated, mass-produced items. He describes the diminishing returns of fake cladding materials and snap-together home kits. He ponders the re-use of salvaged suburban building materials. Finally, he takes a moment to consider the re-use of abandoned shipping containers for human habitation.

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(25 MB | 38:49 mins)

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