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April 2020

James Howard Kunstler : April 2, 2020 5:20 pm : Eyesore of the Month

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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? Well, now that they have gifted us with the Covid-19 virus, perhaps they’ll eventually get mobs of laid-off DC lobbyists attacking the place with attache cases full of soon-to-be worthless US dollars. Note: the Chinese characters painted on the gateposts are recent grafitti. Pronounced “chai,” the word means “to demolish,” and the Chinese authorities used it to mark buildings that would soon be razed during their great urban rebuild earlier this century. Somebody’s just a leetle ticked off. Shout-out to Roger Chitty for nominating this beauty.


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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 »

September 2019

James Howard Kunstler : September 5, 2019 10:08 am : Eyesore of the Month
  Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the MSG “Sphere” coming to Las Vegas. No, it’s not named after the indispensable ingredient in General Tsao’s Chicken, but after the Madison Square Garden Corp, which, like everything else in this psychotic culture, has morphed into a supergigantic global enterprise — they’re putting up an more »

August 2019

James Howard Kunstler : August 2, 2019 4:59 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the renovated Edmonton, Alberta, downtown main library… or is an alien invasion under way? It’s hard to imagine a more aggressively menacing building than this intergalactic war-wagon. Message: Surrender, you miserable earthlings! Your way-of-life is over. So it goes with the unending quest for cutting edge novelty in more »

July 2019

James Howard Kunstler : July 2, 2019 12:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, the stupid fucking idea du jour! The Penn15 Tower proposed for mid-Manhattan — as if the city needs another megastructure that will be transformed from an asset to a liability overnight in the long emergency ahead. Penn15 will be nearly the same height as the Empire State more »
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