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Featured Eyesore of the Month

July 2014

James Howard Kunstler : July 2, 2014 10:35 am : Eyesore of the Month


July Eyesore

Behold the proposed new addition to the suite of glass boxes on Granville Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. O Canada! Are you trying to out-do the stupidity and vulgarity of your neighbor to the south? Apart from the obvious perversity of cantilevering over the  historic Province House — an early legislative building — note the sheer dazzling hideousness of the first nine stories with their  Darth Vadar style bays. Someone, please call a witch-doctor or an exorcist. Nothing else will avail in this shameless age.
Thanks to Craig Hamm for sending in this humdinger.

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July 2014

James Howard Kunstler : July 2, 2014 10:35 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the proposed new addition to the suite of glass boxes on Granville Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. O Canada! Are you trying to out-do the stupidity and vulgarity of your neighbor to the south? Apart from the obvious perversity of cantilevering over the  historic Province House — an early legislative building — note the more »

June 2014

James Howard Kunstler : June 4, 2014 9:43 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the Aqua Tower by architect Jeanne Gang, Chicago. Of course, the skyscraper is an obsolete building form because the ones we’ve already got will never be renovated in the coming era of resource and capital scarcity. But that doesn’t stop the developers and architects from creating new ones — especially at this climax moment more »

May 2014

James Howard Kunstler : May 6, 2014 1:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month
     WTF ????  Behold the proposed  new public artwork for the Boulder, Colorado, Library. Which part is the “art?” you may ask yourself. Why, the grand affirmation Yes! Straight out of the Nike advertising playbook, this totemic gesture informs all Boulderites (Bouldarians? Boulderopolitans? Boulderholics?) that yes! they can… er… what…? Cross the six-laner safely? more »

April 2014

James Howard Kunstler : April 2, 2014 11:31 am : Eyesore of the Month
Behold the new Emerson College “complex” (s0-called) for television, film, and advertising production studies on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, designed by Thom Mayne of the firm Morphosis, which has been reviled on this site before for its techno-narcissistic archi-stunts. This one is as if the Jolly Green Giant  dropped a crate of seltzer bottles more »

March 2014

James Howard Kunstler : March 2, 2014 9:59 am : Eyesore of the Month
     Behold the new Health Center on Russell Street in Missoula, Montana — a demonstration that Murphy’s Law rules absolutely in American architecture and town planning. This is the back of the building; the front is oriented to the interior of the block where the parking is (don’t expect Happy Motoring to continue ten more »

February 2014

James Howard Kunstler : February 1, 2014 11:03 am : Eyesore of the Month
Woe and alack a day! A sign of the times in a hyper-turbo-techno-industrial economy rocking in the throes of meltdown, a.k.a. compressive deflationary contraction. Lo, what was once a dollar is now seventy-five cents. In another month, it’ll be fifty cents and perhaps they can sign up the celebrity “Fitty Cent” to shill for them. more »

January 2014

James Howard Kunstler : January 3, 2014 11:22 am : Eyesore of the Month
     Behold the stylish wastewater treatment plan in Durand, Wisconsin, 30 miles downstream from Eau Claire on the Chippewa River. Notice the interesting placement of the historical marker billboard with the blank planes of the wall, the single window, and the decorative logo — all very Zen gardenish. Of course, the real love was more »

December 2013

James Howard Kunstler : December 3, 2013 12:05 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Behold this triple-header of 80-plus-story condo towers designed by Toronto hometown boy Frank Gehry for his place of birth (he’s lived in Los Angeles for decades).

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November 2013

James Howard Kunstler : November 3, 2013 9:36 am : Eyesore of the Month

Behold (above) the wished-for outcome of a project that would turn the Interstate 81 elevated freeway that runs through the heart of Syracuse, New York, into a surface boulevard.

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October 2013

James Howard Kunstler : October 6, 2013 8:47 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Behold the conceptual rendering for this year’s official Flint, Michigan, public art project.

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