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Featured Eyesore of the Month

February 2017

James Howard Kunstler : February 7, 2017 3:23 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Behold, the 60-story Tipsy Lego Tower a.k.a. the M City Building proposed for downtown Mississauga, Ontario, Canada — Toronto’s little sister city to the west — designed by an outfit called CORE Architects. What original minds! Everybody and his uncle in the global architariat has been coming out with towers meant to appear tectonically unstable. These cute visual tricks are enabled by computer-aided-design (CAD), but just as rust never sleeps, the diminishing returns of technology also work tirelessly to defeat our narcissistic tropes.

“The design is intended to be ‘iconic yet simple — something that would last the test of time,’ said CORE Architects’ Babak Eslahjou.”

Yeah yeah blah blah, that’s exactly where he gets it wrong. This is a building that will never be renovated… that has no capacity for adaptive re-use, which is the foundation of enduring urbanism. That’s the trouble with these CAD stunts: they produce buildings so unprecedented that there is no extant knowledge about their long-term maintenance and renovation. It’s especially problematic where contemporary fabricated modular materials are concerned because the builders assume that these things will be available far off in the future. #Big Mistake. #Faulty Assumption. The bottom line will be a stupendous waste of money and, sooner rather than later, another techno-narcissistic white elephant cluttering up the urban scene.

My favorite touch in the rendering, though, is the eight-lane expressway that the building is located on. They complement each other perfectly.

Shout-out and thanks t0 Gary and Ingrid for the nomination.

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February 2017

James Howard Kunstler : February 7, 2017 3:23 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Behold, the 60-story Tipsy Lego Tower a.k.a. the M City Building proposed for downtown Mississauga, Ontario, Canada — Toronto’s little sister city to the west — designed by an outfit called CORE Architects. What original minds! Everybody and his uncle in the global architariat has been coming out with towers meant to appear tectonically unstable. more »

January 2017

James Howard Kunstler : January 2, 2017 4:11 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Beh0ld, this humdinger, The Wrapper” (artist’s rendering) designed by architect Eric Own Moss for Culver City, California, a dreary gerrymandered backwater of Los Angeles under the LAX flight-path. Is the building wearing a straight-jacket to prevent it from hurting itself? It demonstrates that the architecture “community” won’t tire of playing self-referential computer games with large more »

December 2016

James Howard Kunstler : December 3, 2016 10:09 am : Eyesore of the Month
Click here for slide show Mixed use suburban style: golf course housing “community” located right next to the county prison. This is among many images from Ron Pollard’s new photo survey of American landscape horrors, We Kill Everything. Enjoy the slide show which so strikingly depicts the sorry condition of our nation’s spirit as expressed more »

November 2016

James Howard Kunstler : November 2, 2016 11:12 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech in Pasadena, California, designed by Thom Maynes’ Morphoses team. I’d call the style “Bizarro Corbu” after the early Modernist, Le Corbusier (human name: Charles-Édouard Jeanneret). Bizarro derives from the trope in the old Superman comics, “Bizarro World: an alternative universe of industrial madness populated by sub-humanoids with more »

October 2016

James Howard Kunstler : October 4, 2016 10:35 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold, “The Vessel,” designed by one Thomas Heatherwick for the gigantic Hudson Yards apartment project on Manhattan’s West Side (developer: the Related Companies). This ridiculous “urban landmark” (so-called) will be 15 stories high, composed of 154 flights of stairs and 80 horizontal landings. Heatherwick says the idea is based on “the ancient step-wells of India.” more »

September 2016

James Howard Kunstler : September 2, 2016 7:45 am : Eyesore of the Month
  Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Behold the Aspen Art Museum designed by Shigeru Ban, winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize for Architecture. As the old joke goes: is that the building or the box that the building came in? Beneath the plywood lattice stands something that looks like a dog food processing facility. more »

August 2016

James Howard Kunstler : August 2, 2016 9:58 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the new Easton, Pennsylvania, city hall, yet another dismal composition of blank masonry walls and tinted glass curtain claddings for that perfect despotic government effect. Note how its demeanor resembles the attitude of a prison chain gang guard. See below the old Easton city hall, a 1920s beaux arts beauty (and the tallest building more »

July 2016

James Howard Kunstler : July 3, 2016 10:35 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. Observe the interesting relationship between the incoherent building and the freeway on-ramp, with the mediating embellishment of chain-link fence. A better visual metaphor for the mechanized brutality of the mid-20th century would be hard to find. Yet, one might ask: does it make the city more »

June 2016

James Howard Kunstler : June 2, 2016 10:51 am : Eyesore of the Month
     Megaphone to distant alien civilizations? No, just a decommissioned Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on San Francisco’s Geary Boulevard. Rather than scrap it, they transformed it into “street art.” (Probably would have been cheaper to take it down.) Geary Boulevard is one of the more remarkably depressing thoroughfares in urban America, considering that the more »

May 2016

James Howard Kunstler : May 2, 2016 2:46 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the new addition to San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art by the Norwegian architecture firm, Snøhetta, opening in two weeks. Thanks for yet another mystical genius innovation in building form, lending the institution the look of a collapsed Japanese paper lantern with moth holes. Note that the genius crumpled fiberglass cladding is guaranteed to trap more »
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