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Michael Apr 30th 2013 07:41 PM

Eyesore of the Month
 
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The Eyesore of the Month

Architectural Abortions from the USA and Around the World
http://www.kunstler.com/eyesore_201304.jpg
This particular edifice is the proposed new San Francisco Trans-Bay Transit Center at First and Fremont Streets.

http://www.kunstler.com/eyesore.html

James Howard Kunstler is a rather interesting American author/intellectual/blogger of the intelligent center-left variety. I've read a fair bit of his stuff over the years, mostly about peak oil.

Anyway, one of his pet peeves in life is ugly postmodernist architecture - a subject that I share the same taste for! :)

He posts one of these every month. I've looked back through the last couple of years and he sure does find some awesome and supremely ugly buildings. :lol:

Americano May 2nd 2013 08:40 PM

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Michael and Greendruid should recognize this one.

Thirty-two May 3rd 2013 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Americano (Post 78082)
Michael and Greendruid should recognize this one.

I think the best way to describe this is "kitsch architecture".

dilettante May 3rd 2013 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Americano (Post 78082)
Michael and Greendruid should recognize this one.

I've been there! Not inside, but past it anyway.

Michael May 3rd 2013 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Americano (Post 78082)
Michael and Greendruid should recognize this one.

Indeed, I do. Arguably, that place is the trashiest place in Canada. :lol:

Though, one must admit that the best view of the falls is on the Canadian side of the border.

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Originally Posted by Thirty-two (Post 78088)
I think the best way to describe this is "kitsch architecture".

Yes, kitsch it certainly is!

Though, that particular piece seems almost avant-kitsch since it is so far beyond mere kitsch!

Americano May 3rd 2013 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by dilettante (Post 78090)
I've been there! Not inside, but past it anyway.

You poor soul. I visited the US side of Niagara Falls as a child (my mother was from upstate NY) but not the Canadian side.

Americano May 3rd 2013 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Thirty-two (Post 78088)
I think the best way to describe this is "kitsch architecture".

Hopefully it hasn't been mass produced.

Greendruid May 3rd 2013 11:54 PM

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I haven't seen Niagara Falls in a long time. I don't miss the town at all - it is a massive tourist trap. The natural beauty of the cascading river is a breath-takng sight to see though.

NickKIELCEPoland May 4th 2013 04:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Greendruid (Post 78099)
The natural beauty of the cascading river is a breath-takng sight to see though.

Do you mean 'the waterfall is very nice to look at'?

dilettante May 4th 2013 07:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Greendruid (Post 78099)
I haven't seen Niagara Falls in a long time. I don't miss the town at all - it is a massive tourist trap.

I has (or at least had) a really nice youth hostel, though. I got to Niagara at the end of a very long, solitary road trip between college and my first job. That was definitely the nicest placed I stayed along the way, not counting the one night I broke down and paid for an actual hotel room.


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