I recently watched this talk on TED.com, one of my favorite websites, and really wanted to talk about it, but was busy with my big regions project, so I put it off and I’m finally getting around to it. This talk comes from Ellen Dunham-Jones, one of the founding members of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Her talk is fairly fast-paced and covers a lot, mostly focusing on the problems with the suburbs and how they can be addressed by urbanising the suburbs. The information here is great.
This is one of two TED talks that is strictly focused on New Urbanism. The other is much less academic and much more bombastic. James Howard Kunstler explains why the suburbs are ugly, and why if we keep building them, we will have a country not worth defending. Very funny and highly entertaining. Although I will warn the Mormon folks, there is some harsh language.
There are many, many more talks on TED that relate to cities that aren’t strictly related to New Urbanism, but are still very much worth your time. You can find all these other talks here. I would highly recommend the talks by Majora Carter, Jaime Lerner and William McDonough, although they are all great. I would also recommend watching whatever new talk is on TED every day regardless of topic, like I do.