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Featured Eyesore of the Month

May 2017

James Howard Kunstler : May 1, 2017 11:54 am : Eyesore of the Month

     Behold The Shed (artist’s rendering),  the new multi-use performance venue for the old Hudson Yards — kind of a toaster-oven for the arts by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architects. The glass and steel lid thing on the right slides back over the stairway piece to open up the space to the elements — and allow the periodic cleanup of toast crumbs. The venue will be accessed from the popular High Line linear park fashioned out of an abandoned elevated railroad trestle. The Shed is designed to function business-wise as a non-profit, on grants and philanthropic gifts. I wonder how that will work when the hedge fund universe finally blows up. The Shed’s stated mission is “to empower artists and partners to realize their greatest ambitions.” Freud stated — correctly I think — that what artists mostly want is fame, money, and beautiful lovers. Perhaps The Shed will help them get all that.

   Thanks to Ellen Musing for bringing this to our attention.

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May 2017

James Howard Kunstler : May 1, 2017 11:54 am : Eyesore of the Month
     Behold The Shed (artist’s rendering),  the new multi-use performance venue for the old Hudson Yards — kind of a toaster-oven for the arts by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architects. The glass and steel lid thing on the right slides back over the stairway piece to open up the space to the elements — and more »

April 2017

James Howard Kunstler : April 2, 2017 12:14 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this site by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page!      Could we do this any worse in America? Behold: childhood development completely subordinated to the project of free parking in Naperville, Ill. What’s even more astounding: it’s the “play lot” for a Montessori “academy,” which stresses freedom-of-movement in educational activities. Wikipedia says of Montessori education: “The more »

March 2017

James Howard Kunstler : March 6, 2017 10:23 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the Troy, Michigan, Children’s Hospital, apparently based on the idea that little kids will associate chemotherapy with playtime. Yes, the USA is a toxic stew of molecules not found in nature, and this building actually looks like Willie Wonka’s Carcinogen Factory. The yellow stands for “Roundup” (Glyphosate) engineered into the very genetics of the more »

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 »
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