Looking at the places where we live, American writer and social critic James Howard Kunstler puts forward an at times entertaining and at times forceful opinion on the role of suburbia in planning, and the effects it has on the people who live there. Is suburbia simply a "ghastly tragedy" as Kunstler puts it, or a by-product of our radiation towards a more urban environment? Could it even be - shock horror - the result of market forces, with developers meeting demands because people might actually want to live there? And putting our cycling caps on for a moment, what are the differences between suburban and urban cycling? Is one more dangerous than the other by default, but which is more appealing?
Tune in with an open mind for a little Friday lunch time learning...
Jan Gehl will present "The Human Scale" at Hackney Empire Theatre on January 23rd 2014 - buy your tickets online now.