Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Welcome to the UNplanning Journal Archives

Welcome to the UNplanning Journal. You have reached my blog archives, mostly on planning and energy matters. I started this blog in February of 2005, partially out of a former employer's intransigence when dealing with the ramifications of the coming energy crises. I kept updating for more than a year until I decided to move on. This site will not be updated and only sparingly checked. I have put this page up largely to give background to those arriving to UNplanning from one of the search engines. Happy reading.

Here is a rundown of the best UNplanning posts in my opinion:Behind the Journal – This was my inaugural post and still a good explanation on why I am blogging. Read the following posting to find out where I came up with the term UNplanning.

A couple posts looked at how common elements in the built environment will fare in the coming energy crunch. Mauled in America took a look inside the future of the shopping mall. MegaChurched explored what could happen to one of those massive one-stop churching facilities in an energy deprived world.

Food and agriculture was a frequent subject for me to write on. Part of this came from being a planner in an agricultural county and part of this came from my interest on how the food I eat gets to my plate. Our Agricultural Future, Protecting the Food Supply, Passport Cuisine, and That Food Problem all looked at the real hard issue of keeping the Human Race fed over the next several decades. I even took the time to examine an agricultural proposal with little or no chance of success in a low energy world, the Vertical Farm.

Sometimes I would comment on the absurd nature of what gets built today. While I don’t fancy myself as the next J.H Kunstler, some examples of idiotic planning and development need to be ridiculed. The increasing prevalence of the RV Garage and the Suburban High-rise are a good examples of this. Mindless road construction is another. Other times I take on whole urban areas such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans or some of California’s massive New Town developments. I even picked apart some of those so-called Eco-sensitive communities in my Greenwashing post.

Other times I would suggest solutions for the future. Like ruralization. Or a plan that could be crafted for use during an energy emergency (given the reluctance of many agencies to plan ahead or even consider energy in the first place). Some ideas were broad in scope covering an entire region or a particular town. Others were more modest in scope, such as my proposal to retrofit a Wal-Mart into post-peak urban farm, advice for communities not to forget the details, suggestions on how renters could save energy or how we could all just think smaller.

A few posts got me some serious recognition from others out there interested in the future of our world as it pertains to energy. Natural Gas[p], a Conversation with an Energy Insider is one of my favorites and one of my most linked to postings. So was the infamous Conversation with Denial, also known as "how my planning director canceled the energy crisis". Honorable mentions also go to my Peak Oil inspired review of children’s movies and my take on the important events of 2006.

Finally, some posts looked at the planning process itself and the issues most pressing along those lines, such as the importance of transportation. Others contemplated included massive infrastructure plans with no future, Governors without a clue and Oregon’s examination of its own planning process.

Thanks for visiting.


Blogger baloghblog said...

welcome back.

5/02/2006 5:31 AM  
Blogger Riversider said...

Community Campaigns to defend their environment from the crazy actions of developers need all the help they can get.

Our campaign is at http://save-the-ribble.blogspot.com

Please feel free to visit, post a comment or even link to our site!

5/04/2006 6:42 AM  
Blogger baloghblog said...

que paso? haven't heard from you in a long time. Still out there?

8/09/2006 7:40 PM  
Blogger Anne McQuown said...

Unplanner, I am beginning a thesis on recovering suburban parking lots in overdeveloped areas- for natural or wooded areas. Do you have any good resources to find precedents, ideas, or research support for my thesis?

12/31/2007 3:05 PM  
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