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Featured Eyesore of the Month

February 2012

James Howard Kunstler : February 6, 2012 1:01 am : Eyesore of the Month

Cornel Tech Center on Roosevelt Island NYC featured in Kunstler's Eyesore of the Month February 2012

Techno-grandiosity rears its sleek, mystifying surfaces in the proposal for Cornell University’s new Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City designed by the corporate androids at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP. The deployment on the ground is what we call “train-wreck urbanism.” No street-and-block pattern. In fact, it is just an update of Corbusier’s old towers-in-a-park motif (though the towers appear to have toppled onto their sides). This is the “green” update on Corbu, of course, with the tilted slab buildings oriented to the south for solar collection (or else they may simply roast the occupants within). Note, characteristic of Corbu-derived anti-urbanism, the “green space” surrounding the buildings is wholly ambiguous – while the tree plantings are arbitrary in the vain attempt to signify: “Nature Here!” 
      How much do we suck?

     Thanks and shout-out to Meg Dahlgren for sending in this humdinger. She remarked wisely: “It seems that all an architect has to say is “green design,” and all else is forgiven.”

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February 2012

James Howard Kunstler : February 6, 2012 1:01 am : Eyesore of the Month

Techno-grandiosity rears its sleek, mystifying surfaces in the proposal for Cornell University’s new Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City designed by the corporate androids at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP.

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January 2012

James Howard Kunstler : January 6, 2012 1:03 am : Eyesore of the Month

Get a load of where our heads are at in the USA as 2012 arrives on the scene. Family Fun Walk on a nine-laner, anyone?

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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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