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Featured Eyesore of the Month

July 2020

James Howard Kunstler : July 5, 2020 12:15 pm : Eyesore of the Month

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Behold: the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas, Texas — if you can even call this inchoate mash-up of low-rise crapola, parking lots, and freeway ramps a downtown. The building was designed by Eyesore of the Month All-time Champeen, Thom Mayne (countless humdingers over the years). This one is solidly in the tradition of museum-as-battle-fortification. Note the impregnable blank walls with gunport slits. At street level you get the alluring glimpse into the mysterious chamber of underground parking. The actual entrance up those pharaonic flights of stairs brings to mind the tombs in the Valley of the Kings — a ritual passage into the afterworld. And what the fuck is that tilted glass box atop the podium level? Do you find it odd, as I do, that this building appears to represent the antithesis of nature?  Note how lively the street is! Below is a shot that reveals the building’s actual surroundings.

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July 2020

James Howard Kunstler : July 5, 2020 12:15 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold: the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas, Texas — if you can even call this inchoate mash-up of low-rise crapola, parking lots, and freeway ramps a downtown. The building was designed by Eyesore of the Month All-time Champeen, Thom Mayne (countless humdingers over the more »

June 2020

James Howard Kunstler : June 5, 2020 4:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month
The Eyesore of the Month! Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, the Grand Castle Apartment Homes, Granville, Michigan. “Live like a King!! the brochure says. Well, fer sure, because America is going medieval after the New Great Depression is through with us. Actually, there are federal penitentiaries that have better-designed neo-medieval details than more »

May 2020

James Howard Kunstler : May 4, 2020 5:52 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page   Architect Thom Mayne and his Morphosis firm are great favorites here, year after year, and they’ve come up with a new humdinger expressing every trope of techno-narcisismo idiocy in circulation — at least until the corona virus put the schnitz on what used to be considered our more »

April 2020

James Howard Kunstler : April 2, 2020 5:20 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold: The embassy of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Washington DC, a fortification undreamed of in the most garish nightmares of the Marquis de Vauban. Only this death-star was designed by American architect, the late I.M. Pei’s outfit, Pei Partnership. What were the Chinese expecting back in 2007? Godzilla? more »

March 2020

James Howard Kunstler : March 4, 2020 12:05 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the Universita Luigi Bocconi, School of Economics, Milan, Italy by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, principals of Grafton Architects, Dublin, Ireland, winners of this year’s Pritzker prize. The Pritzker is considered the most prestigious prize in the architectural world. The Pritzker committee is crazy for Orwellian dystopias, and more »

February 2020

James Howard Kunstler : February 3, 2020 12:23 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page   Behold the Court of Justice (Provincial Offenses Office, no kidding), Brantford, Ontario, in Canada, our neighbor to the north. Kind of looks like a water-boarding salon. Or maybe try a relaxing session in the Iron Maiden sensory deprivation casket! Tired of manicures? Have your fingernails removed altogether more »

January 2020

James Howard Kunstler : January 2, 2020 3:11 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, Appleton Wisconsin’s new “Big Head” public sculpture by local artist Paul Bobrowitz, constructed of welded empty propane tanks.  It occupies a site in one of Appleton’s historic districts. Contemporary art generally includes a manual of metaphysical theory to explain itself, but apparently this one was loosed upon the more »

December 2019

James Howard Kunstler : December 3, 2019 12:08 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Here we are in the season of tinsel and silver bells as the decade of the Teensies runs out. Shopping for your loved ones? Why not take a Brink’s truck of dimes and quarters to the new Carvana vending machine in your area and spend four-and-a-half days feeding more »

November 2019

James Howard Kunstler : November 4, 2019 4:35 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold Dubai’s Museum of the Future, the very first monumental building to be designed entirely by algorithm! The official hype sez: We will be a showplace for a new era – a center of creativity and hope where you can see, touch and shape our shared future. And more »

October 2019

James Howard Kunstler : October 3, 2019 9:57 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum of Art at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Wait…. Is that the museum or the dumpster behind the Museum? Oh, okay, it’s the Museum. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid. Her firm styles the job thusly: This dialogue of interconnecting more »
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