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Featured Eyesore of the Month

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” hocus-pocus), since the trees and the grass must be watered, and sooner or later that water will find its way inside the building. (Herman Goering wanted to do the same thing on top of the Nazi Luftwaffe Ministry in Berlin, but the war prevented it.) Note, too, the park is not really a public space. Access is strictly controlled. The station is poorly connected to other transit stations, especially the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, a half-mile across town. The interior (below) is the absolutely predicable Galactica theme, a sad reminder of the American Space Age, which is now over.

Thanks to Joel Bartell for the nomination.

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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 »

March 2018

James Howard Kunstler : March 2, 2018 1:42 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the proposed new “W-350” tower, a 70-story skyscraper proposed for the center of Tokyo, Japan. The neat gimmick: it’s made of wood! In the tofu-filled minds of many environmental activists (and the techno-narcissist opportunists who prey on them), this is supposed to be a “green” building. Let’s more »

February 2018

James Howard Kunstler : February 2, 2018 11:22 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Well, now… here’s something we haven’t seen before: a glass Borg Box with some jaunty angles to liven the darn thing up. This humdinger is slated for downtown Mankato, Minnesota, a town with about as much architectural charm as a 1956 Norge Refrigerator. Note the screenshot below of more »

January 2018

James Howard Kunstler : January 2, 2018 12:04 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, the new US Embassy in London, clocking in at $1 billion, a fortified borg-hive sporting a facade straight out of the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows. Kind of a super high-tech Bowling-Trophy-on-Thames. The Times of London tells it thusly: The riverside embassy, described by British media as more »

December 2017

James Howard Kunstler : December 4, 2017 11:22 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Behold, the site of Bill Gates’s City of the Future! No, that’s not Mars. That’s 25,000 acres of barrel cactus and scorpions in the neighborhood of Tonopah, Arizona, about fifty miles from Phoenix. I suppose it seems a smart place for a city if you think water comes from more »
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