Death by Architecture

Author and speaker James Howard Kunstler is perhaps the most outspoken critic of suburban sprawl and alternative energy as a replacement for cheap oil.  In a pair of TED talks in 2004 and 2010 he shares his perspective and explains how our we lost our “places.” (a word of caution: Kunstler uses colorful language at times)

For a deeper dive into how we got to where we are and some thoughts on where we might be going Kunstler also wrote a few books worth reading:

The Geography of Nowhere

The Long Emergency

Too Much Magic

Schools in the Cloud

An insightful talk by Professor of educational technology at Newcastle UniversitySugata Mitra on the legacy and shortcomings of an empire driven educational system and how his “hole in the wall” experiments compelled him to develop a new method of education.

It’s quite fashionable to say that the educational system is broken. It’s not broken. It’s wonderfully constructed. It’s just that we don’t need it anymore.

– Sugata Mitra