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Featured Eyesore of the Month

June 2018

James Howard Kunstler : June 4, 2018 4:22 pm : Eyesore of the Month

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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 absolutely unoriginal! They must conform to the ideology of the cutting edge, meaning they must be baffling, disorienting, devoid of semiotic content — besides a sinister suggestion that unwholesome things are contained within. Moussavi says of his building: Moussavi says of his building:  “Our design for MOCA Cleveland aims to provide an ideal environment for artists and visitors and to foster creativity and variety in exhibitions and programs.” I dare anyone to be offended by that! The slanty windows are a cute touch. And you’ve got to love that little mouse-hole door. The slanty windows are a cute touch. And you’ve got to love that little mouse-hole door. Oh, get a load of the interior, below: the stuff of sci-fi nightmares. MC Escher Meets The Day the Earth Stood Still. No humans to ruin the picture, either.

Thanks to Hoyt King for the nomination

Uccchhh. Get me outa here!

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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 »

November 2017

James Howard Kunstler : November 1, 2017 10:46 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Behold the “Dubai Frame,” a lavish, gilded adornment for the tourist mecca, business hub, and glistening pearl of of the Middle East, scheduled to open this month! The vanity project of the emir’s Emaar development company, designed by Mexican architect Fernando Donis, stands 50 stories high and is expected more »

October 2017

James Howard Kunstler : October 2, 2017 11:39 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold, the Morningside Church, Blue Eye, Missouri. Run by the not-yet-late and still-great Jim Bakker — remember Jim and Tammy Faye, who ran the PTL Club (Praise the Lord) out of their Heritage USA theme park in South Carolina back in the 1980s? Ole Jim got hisself in a whole mess o’trouble when a cutie more »

September 2017

James Howard Kunstler : September 6, 2017 10:24 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Behold the Children’s Splish Splash Garden, downtown Omaha, Nebraska. This lame gesture of a play area for kids is tucked behind what looks like a forensic pathology lab, with excellent views to the four-laner twenty feet away. It was actually put there to assuage the consciences of the more »
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