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Featured Eyesore of the Month

January 2019

James Howard Kunstler : January 1, 2019 1:19 pm : Eyesore of the Month

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Behold, the new San Diego Superior Court tombstone… er, light box… er, hydroponic grow station… er, Pez dispenser (remember them?)?  Nominator Joshua Hardgrove says: “It ironically consolidates San Diego County’s criminal trial, family, and civil courts into a 25-story monstrosity. Bringing all your problems into one central location, sure that sounds like a wise idea — consolidating California’s worst criminal offenders with custody hearings, divorces and separations and will and testament readings. Serial murderer at 2:00 PM, custody of 9 year old at 2:15, Lunch, Child court case at 3, Tee time at 4.” The ground floor and street treatment form the perfect setting for anxiety attacks as you contemplate the weight of California justice coming down around your ears. Plenty of free parking. Califiornia, “The Parking State!” Lots of work for valets!

Happy New Year everybody… and keep’em coming!

 

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January 2019

James Howard Kunstler : January 1, 2019 1:19 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, the new San Diego Superior Court tombstone… er, light box… er, hydroponic grow station… er, Pez dispenser (remember them?)?  Nominator Joshua Hardgrove says: “It ironically consolidates San Diego County’s criminal trial, family, and civil courts into a 25-story monstrosity. Bringing all your problems into one central location, more »

December 2018

James Howard Kunstler : December 7, 2018 3:34 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page 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 more »

November 2018

James Howard Kunstler : November 2, 2018 9:55 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, the zippy new sidewalk treatment in downtown Austin, Texas, outside a corporate parking lot that is empty much of the day. Since there will never be any human pedestrians here to liven up the scene, the zig-zag pavement will have to provide all the excitement. (I get a more »

October 2018

James Howard Kunstler : October 2, 2018 11:32 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the proposal for Boston University’s new Data Sciences Center (corporate naming rights TBD). Seventeen stories of stacked boxes — meant to signify a pile of books, according to the BU Public Relations office — it will be the tallest structure on the campus. Well, yahoo for that. more »

September 2018

James Howard Kunstler : September 3, 2018 2:20 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the new SanFrancisco Transit Hub fully loaded with “geek green” tech and LEED bullshit, as befits Internet Narcissism Central. It’s actually officially named the “Salesforce Transit Center” for the company that bought the naming rights (no advertising or PR niche can remain unoccupied!). The 5.5 acre “park” on the roof is a disaster-in-the-making (“green” more »

August 2018

James Howard Kunstler : August 2, 2018 10:22 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, proposed apartment tower / water feature from the drawing boards (actually, the CAD studios) of China. Further proof that whatever might be done , will be done, no matter how fucking stupid. The list of things that might go wrong with this scheme is too long to more »

July 2018

James Howard Kunstler : July 2, 2018 11:09 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the new Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, by architect Steven Holl (multiple winner at EOTM!). Whatcha got here: ever a new way to present blank walls to the street. Along with new ways for designing large structured masses to feel like they more »

June 2018

James Howard Kunstler : June 4, 2018 4:22 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland, Ohio, designed by Iranian-born, London-based, Farshid Moussavi. Yet another borg building? Why, of course. That is how museums of the newest “art” must be designed, as decreed by the hive-mind of the High Culture insiders.  They must be entirely and more »

May 2018

James Howard Kunstler : May 3, 2018 12:10 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page   Behold: Seattle’s new Nordic Museum. (Museum of White Privilege?). Or is that just the box that the museum came in? Designed by Mithun architects. It comes with the usual symbolic narrative: “The new museum is organized around a linear ‘fjord’ that weaves together stories of homeland and the more »

April 2018

James Howard Kunstler : April 2, 2018 7:13 pm : Eyesore of the Month
  Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, future home of the Minnesota Vikings, clocking in at $1.1 billion (with $500 million from the taxpayers.) Wah-hoo, and pass the lutefisk tacos, honey….  Joshua Hardgrove, who nominated this humdinger, wrote: “….according to [architects] HKS, Inc., who built stadiums across more »
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