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January 2022

James Howard Kunstler : January 3, 2022 4:54 pm : Eyesore of the Month

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Behold the Bel Air (Los Angeles) real estate venture called The One. (There is no other One… it’s the only One). This exercise in wretched excess on steroids (with sugar on top) is a house, in case you couldn’t figure that out. It’s 105,000 square feet clad in white marble, has five pools, a large nightclub, 40-seat home theater, bowling alley, tennis court, running track, putting green, a 30-car garage, and a moat!  All on three little acres. Views of distant downtown LA. One could easily imagine Christopher Walken ranging through the austere chambers with a Glock “Nine,” firing potshots at the art.

The developer, a sometime film producer named Nile Niami, lost control of the project when he missed a payment to an outfit called Westlake Finance, known to be an aggressive lender with a bent for hair-trigger foreclosures.  Niami’s company, Crestlloyd LLC, went bankrupt and The One veered into receivership. Originally priced at $500-million, to make it the most expensive private home in America, it goes on the market this month priced at $295-million. The outstanding debt on the place is $165-million. If no one snaps it up, it goes to auction.

Note of interest: when the project got into trouble, Mr. Niami rented The One out as an “event space.” The nightclub was used to put on shows featuring holograms of Whiney Houston and Michael Jackson performing their hits. Holograms are lovely people. They don’t fight over their pay or make outlandish demands for exotic snacks in the Green Room.

If you happen to be in LA this month, go visit the place on its cut-de-sac, Airole Way off Stradella Road (map below).
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January 2022

James Howard Kunstler : January 3, 2022 4:54 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support     Behold the Bel Air (Los Angeles) real estate venture called The One. (There is no other One… it’s the only One). This exercise in wretched excess on steroids (with sugar on top) is a house, in case you more »

December 2021

James Howard Kunstler : December 1, 2021 3:31 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support Behold the proposed Affirmation Tower by Brit architect Sir David Adjaye for a site adjacent to the Javits Convention Center in New York City. At 1,663 feet, it would be the new tallest building in the city, surpassing the more »

November 2021

James Howard Kunstler : November 2, 2021 12:22 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support Behold, the alluring paint-job on the abandoned St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada — a land renowned for its horrifying buildings. This head-shaker of a humdinger — called by locals “the once-a-year Halloween Zombie Hotel” — is the more »

October 2021

James Howard Kunstler : October 4, 2021 7:57 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support Behold The Moon Resort and Casino proposed as the next big Wow for Las Vegas in global capital’s never-ending search for titillating alternatives to reality. The usual superlatives apply to this $5-billion project: 5,000 suites, 2,500-seat theater, an attached more »

September 2021

James Howard Kunstler : September 2, 2021 1:55 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support! Welcome to the new annex (gray thing, right side) for Liljevalchs, Stockholm’s Museum of Contemporary Art, an above-ground version of Berlin’s Fuhrerbunker, (circa 1943). Notice how well-harmonized and proportioned (not) every element between the two structures is — scale, cladding, more »

August 2021

James Howard Kunstler : August 2, 2021 4:38 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support! Behold the Brøndby Garden City in Denmark, an experiment that has been around since 1964, but worth discussing in these day of hysterical Green-O-mania, the social response to climate change activism aggravated by worsening resource and capital scarcity, plus more »

July 2021

James Howard Kunstler : July 5, 2021 11:48 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support!   Behold, the Luma Arts Tower, Arles, France; architects: Frank Gehry Anabelle Selldorf, Selldorf Architects. Arles, you recall, was the headquarters of the painter Vincent Van Gogh in his prime (1888-89). And so the idea in recent years has more »

June 2021

James Howard Kunstler : June 3, 2021 2:34 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support! Behold, the “Little Island” mini-park in the Hudson River, occupying the former site of Pier 54, now demolished, where survivors of the Titanic landed in 1912. This is the second big public art statement installed around the lower Manhattan more »

May 2021

James Howard Kunstler : May 4, 2021 10:30 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support!   Behold the CopenHill Energy Plant and Urban Recreation Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, Arch-Daily’s “Building-of-the-Year,” designed by the super-hot Bjarke Ingels Group… embodying all the tragic contradictions of the contemporary condition: the desperate desire to connect to “nature” (and to have more »

April 2021

James Howard Kunstler : April 1, 2021 2:42 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page And thanks to all my Patrons for your support!   Behold: Blockchain City, Nevada, proposed for a wasteland outside Reno. Styling itself as a new “cryptocurrency-powered smart city,” the project un-smartly (i.e. stupidly)  incorporates every techno-narcissistic trope possible: megastructures, “green” everything in the desert, a continuation of car-dependency, more »
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