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Featured Eyesore of the Month

September 2011

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

National Music Center Calgary featured in Kunstler's 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. Note the blank facades of tile-clad cement and the gravity-defying sky-bridge for people who enjoy counting cars in lanes of traffic. I hope it’s engineered for a heavy ice-load. The interior of the NMC is composed of many ambiguous, illegible spaces, like the wannabe Bridge of the Starship Enterprise (below), another levitating structure encased in more blank tile. Contemporary architecture eagerly thrusts us into a dehumanized robotic future. The good news is, that is not our true destination. These redundant monumental gestures are the last gasps of the cheap energy fiesta. The closer we get to the end, the more soulless they get. Thanks to Steve Dearlove for sending this.

Interior of National Music Center feeatured on kunstler's eyesore of te month

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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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June 2011

James Howard Kunstler : June 1, 2011 10:19 am : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting “The Shard,” London’s new world-class skyscraper – “a city in the sky!” – by the ever cutting-edge maestro Renzo Piano.

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May 2011

James Howard Kunstler : May 1, 2011 10:23 am : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the new General Schuyler Emergency Squad headquarters in Northumberland, New York, about six miles east of Saratoga Springs.

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