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February 2013

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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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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About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

6 Responses to “February 2013” Subscribe

  1. Don Sergent June 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    actually reminds me of a cubic version of Discovery One from Kubricks 2001
    where’s HAL?

  2. Mike June 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Looks like a gigantic pallet stacked with paper…….. fugly as..!

  3. Mike G June 19, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    At the risk of Godwinizing, it reminds me immediately of the Berlin Zoo flak tower bunker from WW2:
    http://www.gdrecon.co.uk/flaktowerspt1.html

    Appropriate, since a bunker is a fitting monument to the authoritarian paranoia and secrecy of Perot Systems’ fear-driven corporate culture.

  4. thurston August 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Both you (JHK) and Stuart Mayfield are clueless morons. About 100 yards east of the Perot Museum is a beautiful park tying together the arts district (museums and symphony hall and opera house) with Uptown. That “modernist cube” is educating and nurturing thousands of young minds.

    • observer August 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

      yeah, well it’s still an eyesore. and yeah, the urban planners that design this crap are the clueless morons.

      museums, symphony hall, opera house – all very nice for a week or two if you’re rich, to go appreciate this rotten society pointing to art stolen by colonizers or made by artists who die in poverty, while disingenuously insinuating: “look at the wonderful things the elite in our city owns,” or “look at the beautiful things our wonderful equal society has given rise to.”

      educating and nurturing for whose profit?

  5. rollie July 5, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Wait, ANOTHER big cube for Dallas? Look at the Eyesore for October 2011. At this rate it’s gonna be one big-ass Tetris game up in there.

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