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December 2011

James Howard Kunstler : December 6, 2011 10:50 pm : Eyesore of the Month

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Presenting the M2 building, Tokyo, architect Kengo Kuma, dating from wa-a-a-y back in 1991, a Post-Modernist (PoMo) classic (no pun intended). Indeed, the joke is on all of us, because that’s what PoMo was all about. The basic theme here has not changed much in twenty years, only the methods for arriving at that theme – which is the wish to confound the public as much as possible about the meaning and typology of a building and its relationship with the larger culture, not to mention its relationship with the urban fabric generally. Another ongoing theme (or gag) in PoMo was the snide assertion by the architects that amounted to saying: “We’re not going to stop being Modernists no matter how much you hate the dreary glass box buildings we provide for you to live your pointless little lives out in… so here’s a little joke on all your pathetic memories of a coherently ordered world….” Street scene below: almost makes a body yearn for Atlanta!

Thanks and shout-out to Matthew Belt of Georgia Tech for seding in this humdinger

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December 2011

James Howard Kunstler : December 6, 2011 10:50 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the M2 building, Tokyo, architect Kengo Kuma, dating from wa-a-a-y back in 1991, a Post-Modernist (PoMo) classic (no pun intended).

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November 2011

James Howard Kunstler : November 6, 2011 10:55 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Take a honkin’ good look at this crosswalk in Reading, Pennsylvania (North 5th Street Highway and South Temple Boulevard).

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October 2011

James Howard Kunstler : October 6, 2011 10:58 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the ATT Arts Center (including the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater) Dallas, Texas, designed by New York City based REX architects.

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September 2011

James Howard Kunstler : September 6, 2011 11:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the proposed National Music Center in Calgary, Alberta Province, yet another Canadian museum tumor overtaking the organs of a city, designed by Allied Works.

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August 2011

James Howard Kunstler : August 6, 2011 11:04 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Maybe more like what-the-fuck? of the month. How crazy are we here in America? Perhaps the “Landscape Urbanists” of the Harvard GSD are behind this exercise in environmental heroism.

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July 2011

James Howard Kunstler : July 6, 2011 11:07 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the Lamar Building, Augusta, Georgia. The original Beaux Arts structure dates from 1913. 

 

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June 2011

James Howard Kunstler : June 1, 2011 10:19 am : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting “The Shard,” London’s new world-class skyscraper – “a city in the sky!” – by the ever cutting-edge maestro Renzo Piano.

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May 2011

James Howard Kunstler : May 1, 2011 10:23 am : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the new General Schuyler Emergency Squad headquarters in Northumberland, New York, about six miles east of Saratoga Springs.

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