Urban Planning Expert to Speak

October 31, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

James Kunstler, a nationally known urban planning expert and author, will speak in the Icardo Center at California State University, Bakersfield on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

In a slide-illustrated talk, he will examine what he views as failed, sprawl-inducing urban planning models of the past and suggest future solutions for Bakersfield.

Kunstler has analyzed the current state of policy regarding growth development, both in Bakersfield and Kern County.

As the author of "The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-made Landscape" and "Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century," Kunstler has long been recognized as a fierce proponent of New Urbanism, strident critic of sprawl and the high costs and inefficiencies associated with an automobile-centric culture.

His latest book, "The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century" (2005), expands on his past critiques of suburbia by exploring the sweeping economic, political and social changes that will result from the end of access to cheap fossil fuels.

"The future will require us to build better places, or the future will belong to other people in other societies," Kunstler said.

The talk is sponsored by the CSUB environmental resources management program, the CSUB Public Policy and Administration department, the Kern-Kaweah chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Central California section of the American Planning Association.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Aaron Hegde at (661) 654-2495.