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Featured Eyesore of the Month

February 2013

James Howard Kunstler : February 21, 2013 11:04 pm : Eyesore of the Month

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Behold the new Perot Museum of Science and History in Dallas, Texas in all its magnificent cubosity! Wow, what an original idea! A Modernist cube! Designed by Thom Mayne’s Morphosis company. Apparently this building “morphed” from a packing crate into a museum.

For full effect, check out the context of the building (below): a wilderness of surface parking, freeway ramps, and pointless ambiguous “green spaces.” Dallas has gotten exactly what it deserves, another monument to grandiosity and economic over-reach. Thanks to Stuart Mayfield for sending it in. He says: “It reminds me of the Borg Cube on Star Trek the Next Generation.” (See below next.)

 

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The Borg!

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February 2013

James Howard Kunstler : February 21, 2013 11:04 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Behold the new Perot Museum of Science and History in Dallas, Texas in all its magnificent cubosity! Wow, what an original idea! 

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January 2013

James Howard Kunstler : January 21, 2013 11:09 pm : Eyesore of the Month

This abortion, an observation tower for Phoenix, AZ, is described by one wag as a giant toilet cleaning brush. Are you sick yet? Well, then get a load of the view:

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December 2012

James Howard Kunstler : December 21, 2012 11:11 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Behold the landscape of Happy Motoring in its latest iteration in northern Virginia, that is, the Washington DC suburbs. It’s significant that the very seat of policy and governance in our country is the epicenter of cluelessness about the fate of our tragic car dependency. They just see endless new layers added onto the existing clusterfuck, and you can be sure that money will continue to be created for it — though it is suicidal for our society.

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November 2012

James Howard Kunstler : November 21, 2012 11:22 pm : Eyesore of the Month

On view in Kingston, NY. This kind of says it all about the condition of America’s Main Street economy. Note, this is about both the programming and quality of the buildings. Thanks to Martine Hahn from Greenwich, NY, for sending it in. Closeup below:

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October 2012

James Howard Kunstler : October 21, 2012 11:31 pm : Eyesore of the Month

The architect of this addition to Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, Mels Crouwel, dubbed his creation “the Bathtub.” Actually, it looks more like what we in America would call a laundry sink.

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September 2012

James Howard Kunstler : September 1, 2012 12:35 am : Eyesore of the Month

This roadside display in Calvert County, Maryland, kind of says it all about where civilization stands in the USA these days.

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August 2012

James Howard Kunstler : August 1, 2012 12:39 am : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the First Baptist so-called Church of Hammond, Indiana, serving deep-fried Rotarian-style Christianity in the big box format.

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July 2012

James Howard Kunstler : July 6, 2012 12:45 am : Eyesore of the Month

London 2012 Olympic “Village” for athletes designed by the firm Delancey and Qatari Diar.

 

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June 2012

James Howard Kunstler : June 6, 2012 12:46 am : Eyesore of the Month

Welcome to Cough Triangle, Brooklyn, NY – yes that is its real name – tucked neatly between the reeking Gowanus Canal and the Gowanus Expressway.

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May 2012

James Howard Kunstler : May 6, 2012 12:49 am : Eyesore of the Month

This street could not be more normal across America. It is Ohio River Blvd, Bellevue, PA.

 

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