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Behold, the renovated exterior of the Peterson Automotive Museum under construction in Los Angeles. We build these horrifying objects because we can. They are enabled by computer aided design (CAD) and the computer aided fabrication of modular construction materials. Sounds like a good deal, huh? Except the diminishing returns of technology never sleep, and in this case they result in the degradation and diminishment of public space. Public space in America mostly comes in the form of the street, and of course the street in America is almost always the tyrannical realm of cars. Hence, it is fitting that a car museum should add to the despotic abasement of public space. Take a gander at the earlier facade of the Peterson Automotive Museum, and below that a rendering of the completed renovation.

Earlier iteration of the Peterson

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Rendering of the completed renovation below: building as car!
With visible aerodynamics!

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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.

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  1. carboncommute January 4, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    love the apocalyptic clouds in the rendering.

    • mrayers January 7, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      Those aren’t clouds. They are simulated tailpipe emissions.

  2. Walter B January 5, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    While it certainly does not look or seem right, it is nonetheless an appropriate design when you consider the destination of Chaos that this land is careening towards. It is very easy for my mind to conjure up images of pierced, tattooed mindless minions wandering about within and without such an abomination bedecked in flip flops and baggy shorts tippy tapping their way into oblivion as they stand in line for plates of cheesy nachos. I suppose that it is a bit unfair of me to call these losers out in such fashion as it probably the result of piss-poor parenting, but then again, if the flip flop fits you may as well slap it on, eh?

  3. DrTomSchmidt January 5, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    An eyesore, to be sure, but an improvement over the last iteration.

  4. carboncommute January 6, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    there are two major flaws with this building.

    1. the spaghetti string facade. it’s like KPF just discovered how to make crazy shapes on their computers and someone was stupid enough to pay for it.

    2. the organization of the museum itself is a mess. you begin at the top that is supposedly a history of cars introduction but in reality is a mashup of cars from wildly different eras, celebrity owned, the bat mobile, and other cars used in films. makes no sense. each floor just becomes more of a mess as you descend to the ground floor.

  5. pmarproject January 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    I assume this is supposed to look like a car commercial where they are dramatically unveiling the car underneath a flowing sheet.

    It seems like it will collect water oddly.

    Nice of the renderer to put a Ford GT in the foreground to distract you from the building.

    So we are back to the age of making buildings look like giant things? If this were a farming museum, would they make the building look like a giant, post-modern, stainless steel cow? I guess that’s why all those museums of abstract societal ideas like Museum of Tolerance always just look like abstract geometric shapes.

  6. jayrome January 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    The cats got my tongue!
    Stripes of vacuum plated plastic just like one would finds in cars today. Christo. . .where the hell are you when we need you?

  7. wolfgang731 January 10, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

    JHK must really dislike this project, as it’s the second time that it’s been featured as an “Eyesore of the Month.” It is an overwhelming building and not, at all, in a good way. It’s screaming for attention and the sole device used in its efforts is, apparently, pure ornamentation. The earlier iteration wouldn’t win any accolades but at least it didn’t induce a sense chaos and/or oppression. KPF have done some really fine work in the past but they’ve seemingly phone it in with this one.

  8. Lawfish January 11, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    The new mantra: function follows form. Frank Lloyd Wright must be rolling over in his grave over this abomination.

  9. pentrus February 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    Uglier than $#!t. But I mean that in a nice way.

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