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September 2013

The new “farm” office campus of Epic systems, a medical software colossus, in Verona, Wisconsin.

Farm Campus 2The new “farm” office campus of Epic systems, a medical software colossus, in Verona, Wisconsin. This agglomeration of super-sized fake vernacular rural building types is scaled just right for the super-sized racket that medicine has become in this land, and is just as dishonest.

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This shot gives you a sense of how the barn-and-silo ensemble works as an office building. No doubt they destroyed hundreds of acres of prime Wisconsin farmland to put up this megastructure of fakery.

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Another angle on this abortion.

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Arial shot reveals the reality of Epic Systems’ phony farm campus. It’s just a UFO that landed on this chunk of former farmland. It’s all about concealing the parking. The especially tragicomic element of this is that the American medical racket is sure to implode within a decade, and this gigantic folly will stand as a monument to dishonesty and greed.

Thanks to Jonathan Thom for bringing this to my attention.

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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.

14 Responses to “September 2013”

  1. olmec September 2, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Crazy… it’s like something from one of these modern animated kids movies…. like a cartoon. Only in America. What a shame…..

  2. Being There September 2, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    What will the corporatists cook up next?

    Now, we’ll all have warm and fuzzy feelings about them since they are a farm!–Yeah a farm of GMO’s if you want to make the right association.

  3. James Kuehl September 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    It’s life on a movie set. What? This isn’t a movie? I bet that’s vinyl clapboard.

    Related: what used to be a picturesque, 100-head dairy farm near here is now a 1,000-head factory operation where the cows never leave their stalls. It was creepy to watch, and smell, the transformation.

  4. sitka1721 September 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Hideous, wasteful of good land and phony. Another architectural triumph from a profession of whores.The silo is quite something as it could be someone’s idea of a stealth depository for all the money ripped off of the American people by these gangsters. It may look homey on the outside but inside that billion dollars is guarded by the latest high-tech security measures. I’d make it even more stealthy by having the guards wearing coveralls and chewing on bits of hay. Ahhh, Corporate Americana!

  5. stonymeadow September 7, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    you’re getting competition for the eyesore of the month! (well, i don’t think they realize that they’re doing it.) here’s 20 eyesore high-school campuses at once, albeit with gushing fawning rather than opprobrium. you just might start believing in peak adjectives after reading this:


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    • Eldorado September 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      And they wonder why a lot of the kids want to take drugs!

  6. BackRowHeckler September 10, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    What will they be storing in that Silo?

  7. Eldorado September 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Jeez, I thought the Harley Barn on the north side of Des Moines was bad, but this is about 100 times the size.

  8. Callicrates September 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Apalling. Going forward, is it possible to name (and shame) the supposed ‘architects’ responsible for this rubbish? I’d like to think that a potential client researching these lousy firms might find their way to your site and then move on elsewhere, hopefully to a better firm.

  9. Karah October 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    …then there’s the whole visual joke based on an homonym:

    big pharm- = big farm

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  10. AKlein January 30, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Ah, I think back on a metaphor used in the movie, “A Boy and His Dog”. In that movie, in which is rendered a post-apochalyptic America, non-conformists are sent “to the farm.” The phrase “to the farm” is a euphemism for the person so sent to have his neck snapped. Epic Systems has promoted this from art to reality, and even updated it a bit. Instead of having their heads snapped, non-conformists, even potential ones, are sentenced to years of mind-numbing drudgery in office cubes located in a badly executed stage set in the middle of nowhere. A life sentence where the only hope for escape is death. Whence nihilism.

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