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Featured Eyesore of the Month

October 2012

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

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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. In any case, it does a splendid job of disfiguring the street. Because the exterior is finished in special aviation paint, it will probably not be maintained over the years. And surely the time will come when it will require attention. But the long-term life of buildings is not a concern for an architectural establishment engrossed in egotistical stunts. And they are fully supported in that endeavor by an art establishment lost in the greater wilderness of asthetic narcissism. When the time comes that the bankers are hanged from lamposts, this block should be reserved for the architects.

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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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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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