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Behold, the Dude Perfect Company’s proposed new headquarters — “Trick Shot Town” — preferably for North Dallas (but actually any other place in the USA that will give them preferential permitting treatment and maybe tax abatement). Dude Perfect is a team of five dudes who formed the Dude Perfect tribe at Texas A & M and built a goofball sports YouTube channel of 58-million subscribers. The project is ten acres: five for the building and five for parking cars and “outside events.” Step right up mayors of America!

Now, let’s unpack this little: Our country (that’d be the USA) is sliding into an epic economic discontinuity, which is something an order of magnitude greater than a Great Depression. It will alter everything about daily life for us, especially the current concept of leisure time (there won’t be much of that, and it won’t be devoted to consumer products and engineered entertainments). There also won’t be much in the way of Happy Motoring anymore, either, so parking will be unnecessary. “Outdoor events” of the future will be mainly planting, weeding, and harvesting. Just sayin’.

As for the building itself, well… its startling meaninglessness and incoherence nicely represents its programming, a monument to trick shots.
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14 Responses to “December 2022”

  1. Ungaro December 1, 2022 at 11:37 am #

    Yeah, but will it fly?

    • FGB3 December 1, 2022 at 2:59 pm #


    • Yirgach December 8, 2022 at 8:28 am #

      It did fly, this is the crash wreckage.

  2. MLMDC1 December 1, 2022 at 11:37 am #

    Looks like a cross between a crashed airplane and a beached whale.

  3. FGB3 December 1, 2022 at 2:59 pm #

    Hmmm…no mention of the architects. Was that to protect the innocent screwballs who engaged in this design masturbation?

  4. Freddie December 1, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

    It’s a shame, really.
    There’s millions for ridiculous commercial developement projects.
    Billions for a completely corrupt money laundering operation in Ukraine in order to make insanely wealthy criminals even wealthier (including those in US politics).
    But nothing to actually help good people make a difficult transition to a better, different and more sustainable life.

  5. FGB3 December 1, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

    I would be very interested in seeing someone perform a demographic survey of the American people to ascertain how many of us actually figured out this ‘epic economic discontinuity’ just by using our noggins, and those who haven’t; and then of those who haven’t, break that group down into their constituent mindsets.

    I reckon the mindsets would include:
    A. In denial (a group not too far removed from us and there may be hope for them);
    B. In La-la Land like these Dude Perfects;
    C. Economists from Ivy League colleges, mostly PhDs who are so smart and educated that they became dumb-asses;
    D. Politicians who read Group C and believe them
    E. The Judy Woodruffs cohort reporting “the news” who believe Group C and do video clips of Group D.
    F. There may be others this is just a mental exercise for me; I’m not a professional.

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  6. DaveO907 December 1, 2022 at 3:40 pm #

    Form and function were left out of the equation methinks.
    The foundational basis of meaningful architectural design by George Jetson that is fated for a never-arriving future?

    Were egos ever this large? (Symptomatic of this age) Can something good come out of this? Could be a long, long wait. Just ask Sisyphus.

  7. sonnyL December 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm #

    Are there REALLY 58 million vacuous idiots out there?
    Pardon,, I forgot about the 2020 election.
    And are the founders serious about copying the spacecraft from (movie)Alien?

  8. Blackbird December 1, 2022 at 8:12 pm #

    More evidence of a plane crash there than at the Pentagon, Shanksville, the Twin Towers…

  9. Peter VE December 2, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

    Looks not unlike a retread of the Montreal Olympic stadium and its “retractable” roof.

  10. tucsonspur December 2, 2022 at 5:45 pm #

    It’s perfectly in tune with the times, techno-futuristic structure as ornament, as playful titillation, shunning the sane and more conventionally modern in favor of the circus tent and the unambiguous, overly ambitious avant garde.

    That being said, the edifice does seem to adhere to, or at least show a certain respect for, the idea that form should follow function, allowing who knows what number of ‘tricks’ to be performed from its towering ‘vertical stabilizer’.

    This is a space-age mega-structure, straight out of a science fiction setting, boldly going where no timid, unimaginative architect has gone before. But it does have a readily visible vulgarity, a definite techno-tackiness about it, doesn’t it?

    What we have here is architectural expressionism, however uninspiring and shortsighted, saying have fun, enjoy it while it lasts, loudly shouting out “YOLO’, the Die-Centennial be damned.

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  11. BackRowHeckler December 4, 2022 at 2:20 pm #

    What valuable service, or product, does ‘Dude Perfect’ actually provide?

  12. bymitch December 5, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

    It’s essentially a church with swings, slides and teeter totters.
    When everyday life is turning to custard, this sort of thing attracts those that need to escape into hope.
    I would not underestimate the chances that these guys could raise the funds to do create something like this, although the big number, that clearly came out of the sky [$100m], looks optimistic to me.
    Like all the great churches, it is designed to intimidate the masses, with a scale that can only be appreciated fully, from a perspective up on high, or more closer to home, outer space.