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Featured Eyesore of the Month

May 2021

James Howard Kunstler : May 4, 2021 10:30 am : Eyesore of the Month

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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 fun in it!), and the depressing dependence on massive amounts of electric  power generation to maintain the high standard of living that leaves so much time for fun outdoor recreation in what remains of nature.

The structure is a waste-to-energy plant — which implies that a pretty high waste-stream is required to run the thing… which implies that you must have a society that produces immense amounts of waste. Hmmmm…. From the Arch-Daily website:

Beneath the slopes, whirring furnaces, steam, and turbines convert 440,000 tons of waste annually into enough clean energy to deliver electricity and district heating for 150,000 homes. The necessities of the power plant to complete this task, from ventilation shafts to air-intakes, help create the varied topography of a mountain; a man-made landscape created in the encounter between the needs from below and the desires from above. Ten floors of administrative space are occupied by the ARC team, including a 600m2 education center for academic tours, workshops and sustainability conferences.”

Unfortunately, nature herself has not furnished the flat little nation of Denmark with much in the way of ski-able terrain. (Must be pretty darn good for bicycling, though.) The set-up includes a “tree-lined hiking trail.” At the top is a “viewing plateau” and a cafe. I don’t think it was meant to be a joke, but….

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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 »

March 2021

James Howard Kunstler : March 2, 2021 3:28 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 Helix,  Amazon’s new East Coast headquarters proposed for Arlington, Virginia, across the river from that great National Swamp of grift and favors known as the District of Columbia. You know what’s going on here, right? Trick question more »

February 2021

James Howard Kunstler : February 1, 2021 5:18 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page   Behold, a proposal to redevelop the block around St. Lucy’s Church, Jersey City, NJ.  Yet another exercise in misunderstanding the future counterposes a human-scaled ensemble of traditional buildings squashed underneath a despotic death Borg of computer-assisted banality designed by the firm MVMK (Minervini Vandermark Melia Kelly). You more »

January 2021

James Howard Kunstler : January 5, 2021 10:47 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 fabulous sculpture called “Jubilee!” installed next to the Home Suites 2 by Hilton (a hotel, if you’re wondering) at the Sea Shells Collections Shopping Center in Gulf Breeze Florida . It is supposed to represent three more »

December 2020

James Howard Kunstler : December 2, 2020 5:05 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold: the proposal for a 160-story, 2418-foot tall “carbon neutral” skyscraper from the French architecture firm Rescubika on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. It incorporates 36 wind turbines, 8,300 shrubs, 1,600 trees, 83,000 square feet of plant walls, and nearly 23,000 square feet of solar panels. The project is more »

November 2020

James Howard Kunstler : November 4, 2020 11:34 am : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Architect Sir David Adjaye becomes the first back-to-back winner (Oct, Nov) at the Eyesore of the Month with this unfortunate and misconceived humdinger for lower Manhattan at 130 William Street. Unfortunate because this kind of residential mega-tower was the-thing-to-do just a year ago, before Covid-19 rang out around more »

October 2020

James Howard Kunstler : October 2, 2020 2:44 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold: the New Princeton University Art Museum!  Or is that the box that it came in??? Yeah, I know, an old gag, but it still works. What you get here is just another exercise in fake originality. How many of these floating boxes are there in the world? more »

September 2020

James Howard Kunstler : September 2, 2020 3:00 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold, the second coming of St. Thomas Parish Church Washington, DC (1517 18th Street NW, off Dupont Circle). Kind of looks like the musical instrument that the space aliens flew down to Earth in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, 1977) to play the dumb-ass tune that more »

August 2020

James Howard Kunstler : August 2, 2020 12:48 pm : Eyesore of the Month
Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page Behold the “Shipwreck Tower” in Prague, proposed to be the Czech Republic’s tallest building at 440 feet, about 40 stories. This humdinger was conceived, obviously, before Covid-19 raced around the world. What you get is another colossal art stunt incorporated into an office building, a virtue-signaling gag telling more »
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