Spooky Wisdom: What Lessons Should We Be Learning from How Our Ancestors Built Cities? Charles Marohn and Kea Wilson podcast, and more


Spooky Wisdom: What Lessons Should We Be Learning from How Our Ancestors Built Cities?

The Strong Towns Podcast


September 30, 2019
Welcome to a special mash-up episode of the Strong Towns and Upzoned podcasts!
In this episode, Kea Wilson, host of Upzoned, and Strong Towns president Charles Marohn, Jr. discuss the “spooky wisdom” contained in the cities of our ancestors, reflecting the ways in which humans and human habitats have co-evolved with each other. What lessons should we be learning and how did we come to throw away that ancient wisdom so casually and so completely?
Kea and Chuck explore why so many North American neighborhoods built after World War II may have been designed by humans but can’t be said to have been designed for humans. They also talk about the difference between complex systems and systems that are merely complicated, why a massive influx of resources isn’t always a good thing, and about the power of incrementalism.
We’re doing something unique this week. We’re releasing one episode every day and inviting special guests to commandeer the Strong Towns podcast microphone to talk with Chuck about his first book, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, which releases on Tuesday, October 1. This is episode one of that series.
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Spooky Wisdom: What Lessons Should We Be Learning from How Our Ancestors Built Cities?

Other Strong Towns and related source:

The spooky wisdom of cities – extract from Charles’ book: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/9/19/the-spooky-wisdom-of-cities-satbook

The spooky wisdom of incremental – Rachel Quednau https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/4/13/the-spooky-wisdom-of-incremental

link to the wonderful @wrathofgnon https://twitter.com/wrathofgnon/status/988403388047024129?s=20

the article referenced in the above: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/remembering-the-spooky-wisdom-of-our-agrarian-past/

The book: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=w0WyDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT12&lpg=PT12&dq=%22spooky+wisdom%22&source=bl&ots=ank8Fmgg5z&sig=ACfU3U0aA-yf3HM–MyJKpVYKUyPjhdPfQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj33cDr2snqAhXTSBUIHYipCr4Q6AEwBnoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22spooky%20wisdom%22&f=false

More from strong towns: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2020/1/21/spooky-wisdom-as-seen-in-your-community