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Featured Eyesore of the Month

December 2014

James Howard Kunstler : December 2, 2014 9:25 am : Eyesore of the Month

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Behold the grandiosity of the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art proposed for the Chicago lakefront. It is unclear exactly what it might contain besides the costumes and props for Lucas’s Star Wars cinema franchise.  The public relations bullshit cooked up to promote this roughly 30–story-tall monstrosity tells the tale in superlative bombast:

The Lucas Museum design is both futuristic and timeless. Its continuous, undulating organic surface blurs the line between structure and landscape. As the harbor rises up to the land, it merges with stone surfaces that reach up to the sky and ultimately crescendo into a “floating” disc. The Museum is not an isolated object, but a spatial experience that is defined by the people who occupy it and interact with it. Its organic surface is made of a single material, a stone as primitive as it is futuristic, evoking the great achievements of architectural history.

How’s that for grad-school blather?  It’s really as simple as this: George Lucas is into sic-fi, therefore his memorial ought to look like a UFO. They didn’t say that of course. But then, American culture flew up its own bung-chute years ago. We’re addicted to lying, confabulating, and putting over techno-narcissistic show-off stunts. To really make it perfect, Lucas ought to have his remains encased in an acrylic block and displayed for posterity along with R2D2 and the original Chewbacca suit.

Below is a map showing the growing architectural clutter south of Grant Park. The Lucas Museum site is at Number 5.
Remember, societies build their most grandiose monuments just before they collapse.

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December 2014

James Howard Kunstler : December 2, 2014 9:25 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the grandiosity of the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art proposed for the Chicago lakefront. It is unclear exactly what it might contain besides the costumes and props for Lucas’s Star Wars cinema franchise.  The public relations bullshit cooked up to promote this roughly 30–story-tall monstrosity tells the tale in superlative bombast: The Lucas more »
Kansas

November 2014

James Howard Kunstler : November 3, 2014 11:14 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the official reception hall of the Kansas Expo Center in Topeka, the state fairground. Heritage Hall, one of the oldest buildings in Kansas, has been retrofitted as a party shack enclosed between the convention center, Capital Plaza hotel, and a great American desert of parking lots. Curiously, they stuck a plastic portico on the sandstone more »
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October 2014

James Howard Kunstler : October 6, 2014 10:00 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the creeping bollards of Boston. These globules are found in front of the Tip O’Neill Federal Building on Causeway Street in Boston. Combine post 9/11 paranoia with the endemic American hatred of artistry, with the opportunity to money-grub in the trough of public works, and you end up with another parody of civilized life. Below, more »
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September 2014

James Howard Kunstler : September 3, 2014 11:58 am : Eyesore of the Month
  Behold the new gerbil cage for children in Queensbury, New York. Notice that there are no children there. The reason: it is a completely unrewarding place to play. In fact, it was designed not for children but for lawyers in this lawsuit-happy land. In attempting remove every possible hazard to health and safety, they more »
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August 2014

James Howard Kunstler : August 4, 2014 10:12 am : Eyesore of the Month
  Behold, the latest addition to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass, by architect Tadao Ando. Add to your collection of sleek Modernist bowling trophies. The world has had enough of minimalism on steroids; it just doesn’t know it yet. It’s ironic, for sure, arising as it does out of such a maximalist culture more »
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July 2014

James Howard Kunstler : July 2, 2014 10:35 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the proposed new addition to the suite of glass boxes on Granville Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. O Canada! Are you trying to out-do the stupidity and vulgarity of your neighbor to the south? Apart from the obvious perversity of cantilevering over the  historic Province House — an early legislative building — note the more »
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June 2014

James Howard Kunstler : June 4, 2014 9:43 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the Aqua Tower by architect Jeanne Gang, Chicago. Of course, the skyscraper is an obsolete building form because the ones we’ve already got will never be renovated in the coming era of resource and capital scarcity. But that doesn’t stop the developers and architects from creating new ones — especially at this climax moment more »
Yes!

May 2014

James Howard Kunstler : May 6, 2014 1:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month
     WTF ????  Behold the proposed  new public artwork for the Boulder, Colorado, Library. Which part is the “art?” you may ask yourself. Why, the grand affirmation Yes! Straight out of the Nike advertising playbook, this totemic gesture informs all Boulderites (Bouldarians? Boulderopolitans? Boulderholics?) that yes! they can… er… what…? Cross the six-laner safely? more »
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April 2014

James Howard Kunstler : April 2, 2014 11:31 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the new Emerson College “complex” (s0-called) for television, film, and advertising production studies on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, designed by Thom Mayne of the firm Morphosis, which has been reviled on this site before for its techno-narcissistic archi-stunts. This one is as if the Jolly Green Giant  dropped a crate of seltzer bottles more »
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March 2014

James Howard Kunstler : March 2, 2014 9:59 am : Eyesore of the Month
     Behold the new Health Center on Russell Street in Missoula, Montana — a demonstration that Murphy’s Law rules absolutely in American architecture and town planning. This is the back of the building; the front is oriented to the interior of the block where the parking is (don’t expect Happy Motoring to continue ten more »
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