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Featured Eyesore of the Month

April 2012

James Howard Kunstler : April 6, 2012 12:50 am : Eyesore of the Month

 

kunstler's eyesore of the month April 2012

Presenting the new Regional Transportation Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, another humdinger from the anti-urban bureaucratic goodie-bag, clocking in at $13 million. By the way, do they mean “bus station?” I suppose they dare not speak those words since, in our culture, buses are for losers. Yet, the building expresses that idea perfectly. “Losers board here!” In fact, the style of architecture might be called Loser Attraction Box Moderne. Note the awkward massed form, the pointless change-of-material cladding gimmick, and the horrifying blank wall with its offensive texturing decoration.

Below, one block away, note Greenfield’s downtown viewed from Court Square with its traditional Main Street buildings presenting a coherent urban ecology with some decorum and grace. WTF?

Kunstler's eyesore of the month april 2012

Thanks to Jimmy Drinkwater for nominating this one!

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April 2012

James Howard Kunstler : April 6, 2012 12:50 am : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the new Regional Transportation Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, another humdinger from the anti-urban bureaucratic goodie-bag, clocking in at $13 million.

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March 2012

James Howard Kunstler : March 6, 2012 12:54 am : Eyesore of the Month

Techno-grandiosity meets exercise in futility: an art installation, so-called, by Michael Heizer titled Levitated Mass.

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February 2012

James Howard Kunstler : February 6, 2012 1:01 am : Eyesore of the Month

Techno-grandiosity rears its sleek, mystifying surfaces in the proposal for Cornell University’s new Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City designed by the corporate androids at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP.

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January 2012

James Howard Kunstler : January 6, 2012 1:03 am : Eyesore of the Month

Get a load of where our heads are at in the USA as 2012 arrives on the scene. Family Fun Walk on a nine-laner, anyone?

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December 2011

James Howard Kunstler : December 6, 2011 10:50 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the M2 building, Tokyo, architect Kengo Kuma, dating from wa-a-a-y back in 1991, a Post-Modernist (PoMo) classic (no pun intended).

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November 2011

James Howard Kunstler : November 6, 2011 10:55 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Take a honkin’ good look at this crosswalk in Reading, Pennsylvania (North 5th Street Highway and South Temple Boulevard).

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October 2011

James Howard Kunstler : October 6, 2011 10:58 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the ATT Arts Center (including the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater) Dallas, Texas, designed by New York City based REX architects.

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September 2011

James Howard Kunstler : September 6, 2011 11:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the proposed National Music Center in Calgary, Alberta Province, yet another Canadian museum tumor overtaking the organs of a city, designed by Allied Works.

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August 2011

James Howard Kunstler : August 6, 2011 11:04 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Maybe more like what-the-fuck? of the month. How crazy are we here in America? Perhaps the “Landscape Urbanists” of the Harvard GSD are behind this exercise in environmental heroism.

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July 2011

James Howard Kunstler : July 6, 2011 11:07 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the Lamar Building, Augusta, Georgia. The original Beaux Arts structure dates from 1913. 

 

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