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September 2011

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.

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

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.

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