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Behold London’s latest shwingin’ skyscraper, the proposed “Tulip” designed by starchitect Norman Foster as a companion for the already-built “Gherkin” and “The Shard.” London has decided to make itself a freak show city in these waning days of techno-industrial narcissmo. Obviously, the Tulip’s slender stem does not allow for much office or apartment programming. It’s just a sight-seeing attraction. But have a good look at the scene rendered below for just how unappetizing the experience might be. (Uccchhh….) This is further evidence that empires on-the-ropes put up their most outlandish monuments just before they crash.
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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

5 Responses to “December 2018” Subscribe

  1. lateStarter December 8, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

    I have my doubts that it will ever get built.

  2. Henry December 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

    Haha,
    A bit phallic ehhh??

  3. jayrome December 10, 2018 at 11:40 am #

    Enough of this subtle suggestive references!
    Lets go full overt porn, leave nothing to the imagination OK?
    Vines growing up the shaft to satisfy the greener spaces folks, and pink-reddish glans, oops! I mean Glass.
    Using the expression, That Being Said, Wrap your imagination around this delightful tourist attraction. What the hell. . . anything goes in the City of London?
    Oh. . .lateStarter, I think you’re spot on. . .

  4. bymitch December 10, 2018 at 10:46 pm #

    Its a sad state of affairs when architecture is reduced to a gimmic to gain public approval.
    Wrapping complex structures up in familiar disguises has to be an all time low.
    Common or garden objects blown up to massive scale, for giggles, is a childish endeavour.
    At a slight step up, it may appeal to classic Brit humour, that these objet d’art look like they could go ‘up ya jacksie’ [perhaps not The Shard, but you never know].

  5. JCalvertNUK December 11, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    It could take off.
    With a booster mounted (ahem) on either side, it would be SpaceXXX.

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