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Featured Eyesore of the Month

October 2011

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

Kunstler's eyesore of the month Oct 2011

Presenting the ATT Arts Center (including the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater) Dallas, Texas, designed by New York City based REX architects. Do you think they communicated the essential cube-ness of the building? I do. The slit-and-slat windows are a nice touch, too. So uniquely unoriginal, in the highest tradition of kitsch. But my favorite part of the project is the context to which it is the latest addition (see below): a howling wilderness of surface parking! In the middle of an epic demonstration of What Is Wrong With How We Build The Human Habitat In America. Notice the death-funnel patron car-dropoff that scoops down into the building podium. In the top rendering, it’s all “greened” up with trees; but notice in the bottom rendering the trees have been dispensed with – the traffic engineers surely wrinkled their noses at these obstructions to safe motoring! Way to go, Dallas, Texas, leading the nation into The Long Emergency!

Kunstler's eyesore of the month Oct 2011

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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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