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(Daily Mail)   Gawk at America's ugliest buildings, some of which are truly hideous   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 136
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2012-06-23 11:10:20 PM  
This list fails without Boston City Hall.
 
2012-06-23 11:10:38 PM  
I knew the EMP would be on there.

I don't think it's that bad though...
 
2012-06-23 11:11:24 PM  
The formally Dollar Tree Pyramid looks kinda cool when lit right, especially next to the bridge.
 
2012-06-23 11:13:44 PM  
Like I'm gonna take architectural critique from England seriously.
 
2012-06-23 11:17:14 PM  

what_now: This list fails without Boston City Hall.


3rd from the bottom.

Though you could add the entire UMass Dartmouth Campus to that list.
 
2012-06-23 11:17:18 PM  

what_now: This list fails without Boston City Hall.


Good thing it's on there.
 
2012-06-23 11:17:38 PM  
A British newspaper calling some of America's buildings ugly? img1.fark.net on vacation?

/list fails without mentioning the FBI building in Washington DC
//also the Mall of America is a farking mall - the goal is to keep you inside
 
2012-06-23 11:18:50 PM  
www.bestofneworleans.com

Hideous... love the O'Keefes... glad they didn't design it.

/and this is the good side.
 
2012-06-23 11:18:54 PM  

what_now: This list fails without Boston City Hall.


Scroll down a bit.
 
2012-06-23 11:20:36 PM  
The author clearly never visited the Walter Netsch brutalist abomination that is the east (formerly "Circle") campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. University Hall, Science & Engineering Offices, Science & Engineering Labs, the Daley Library, the Physical Education Building, those of the classroom halls that have not been rehabbed, Architecture & Art, the ghastly interior labyrinths of Behavioural Science Building & Science & Engineering South, -- let alone the former brutalist walkways and the old amphitheatre over the lecture halls.

For all of our gorgeous and impressive architecture, this city has some monstrosities (Citicorp Centre, the AT&T building across Madison from Citicorp, the Thompson Centre, the Dunne Building, the Metropolitan Detention Centre, that nasty little building at Dearborn & Wacker, the Randolph side of the Gehry-designed Pritzker Band Shell ...)
 
2012-06-23 11:22:32 PM  
AT&T's central office should get a pass. It's supposed to be hardened so telecommunications still work if shiat hits the fan. Of course, that standard was from the 1950's, I doubt it's EMP hardened.

/Lots of cities still have hardened central offices
//It's where all the wires have been routed to and there's inertia.
 
2012-06-23 11:24:22 PM  
that's my farking headline!
 
2012-06-23 11:25:01 PM  
Wait, they actually *didn't* throw in a Detroit one for kicks? Huh.

Now:

upload.wikimedia.org

Glory days:

farm6.static.flickr.com

farm6.static.flickr.com

farm6.static.flickr.com

/hate ruin porn but god-effing-dammit that either needs to be fixed or put out of its misery
//f--king Moroun
 
2012-06-23 11:25:51 PM  
thiefmitter
 
2012-06-23 11:26:52 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-23 11:28:55 PM  
Come to think of it, Walter Netsch ruined lots of campuses. In many ways, the Air Force Academy was his rough draft for UIC where he took the worst design elements of the USAFA and expanded them to the kind of unimaginable ugliness that only Nikita Khrushchev could love. The campus of the University of Chicago is gorgeous with a big concrete turd from Netsch's ass, the Regenstein Library. Northwestern too.
 
2012-06-23 11:33:40 PM  

wildcardjack: AT&T's central office should get a pass. It's supposed to be hardened so telecommunications still work if shiat hits the fan. Of course, that standard was from the 1950's, I doubt it's EMP hardened.

/Lots of cities still have hardened central offices
//It's where all the wires have been routed to and there's inertia.



They knew from EMP in the 1950s. I agree with you though that utility off-sets a great deal of ugliness. I wouldn't call most big container ports and factories beautiful but I don't generally criticise them for not putting architectural aesthetics front and centre either (not that there aren't some magnificent industrial buildings).
 
2012-06-23 11:34:04 PM  
Clicked the link for Boston City Hall, left satisfied.
 
2012-06-23 11:34:07 PM  
i need to lay off the booze
 
2012-06-23 11:37:32 PM  
Hmmm... let's put anything by Frank Gehry on the list. Honestly, WTF is it with him and his scrapyard concoctions?

HopScotchNSoda: For all of our gorgeous and impressive architecture, [Chicago] has some monstrosities (Citicorp Centre, the AT&T building across Madison from Citicorp, the Thompson Centre, the Dunne Building, the Metropolitan Detention Centre, that nasty little building at Dearborn & Wacker, the Randolph side of the Gehry-designed Pritzker Band Shell ...)


Preach on! To me it seems like "modern" architects are in a competition to out-ugly one another.
 
2012-06-23 11:38:28 PM  
You could do an entire list like this of just buildings from college campuses.

/Like Wescoe Hall at KU
 
2012-06-23 11:39:40 PM  
3.images.theweek.com
 
2012-06-23 11:42:50 PM  

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: You could do an entire list like this of just buildings from college campuses.

/Like Wescoe Hall at KU


San Joaquin Community College in Stockton, CA, is hideous. It was designed after the college riots of the 1960's to be riot-proof. All of the public spaces are broken up into tiny courtyards. There are lmost no internal hallways, which means all classrooms open directly outside. Which is great for the power bill and for catching colds in the hot weather.
 
2012-06-23 11:45:22 PM  
Some of em I do not mind because those invoke what television producers or game designers imagine an architect might do. And then I realize an architect did them...
 
2012-06-23 11:47:50 PM  

The Gentleman Caller: Like I'm gonna take architectural critique from England seriously.


Show me where they're wrong on any of the building they cite? And they never said England was free of ugly buildings. So, put your big-girl panties on and deal with it.
 
2012-06-23 11:48:48 PM  
I-95 is a building?

Boo for Gehry's work (maybe not all of it, but everything I've seen). That being said, I thought some of those buildings were pretty cool.
 
2012-06-23 11:49:46 PM  

Mr. Pokeylope: I knew the EMP would be on there.

I don't think it's that bad though...



Same here....except that I still think it's just awful.

/Which pains me to say as a Seattle area resident.
 
2012-06-23 11:50:08 PM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

This looks like a wrecked building. If a hurricane hit it, I don't think you could tell the difference.
 
2012-06-23 11:52:38 PM  

Fubegra: Hmmm... let's put anything by Frank Gehry on the list. Honestly, WTF is it with him and his scrapyard concoctions?

HopScotchNSoda: For all of our gorgeous and impressive architecture, [Chicago] has some monstrosities (Citicorp Centre, the AT&T building across Madison from Citicorp, the Thompson Centre, the Dunne Building, the Metropolitan Detention Centre, that nasty little building at Dearborn & Wacker, the Randolph side of the Gehry-designed Pritzker Band Shell ...)

Preach on! To me it seems like "modern" architects are in a competition to out-ugly one another.


Past tense, to a very large extent, fortunately. The "modern" architecture of the post-war era into, to an extent, the 1980s was dominated by brutalism (that's a style - concrete East German looking nastiness like Boston's Government Center in the article and the UIC campus I described), minimalist glass & steel boxes ripped off from Ludwig Mies van der Roh, crome & coloured panels, and variations thereon.

The post-modern era has re-embraced embellishments, detail, and warmth -- not to the extent of the beaux arts era which was often ugly in its own ways -- but post-modern is much more user-friendly and eye-friendly than the post-war modern was. Compare post-war sports venues like Shea Stadium to more recent ones like Camden Yards or that new one in San Francisco to see what I mean. Sure, there are some eyesores in postmodernism (cough, cough, Frank Gehry, cough), and there will always be ugly examples of any style in any era. Still, it's much better now than it was when I was a kid.
 
2012-06-23 11:52:45 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: The formally Dollar Money Tree Pyramid looks kinda cool when lit right, especially next to the bridge.


FTFY.

And, yes, it does look nice at night.

i199.photobucket.com

Unfortunately, IIRC it costs upwards of $100,000/month to keep it lit at night, so now the state agencies that occupy it only light it up for special events.
 
2012-06-23 11:54:09 PM  

LoneWolf343: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x422]

This looks like a wrecked building. If a hurricane hit it, I don't think you could tell the difference.


It looks like Godzilla ate a couple of rides at Disney World and then took a big dump
 
2012-06-23 11:55:01 PM  
Woohoo, live a block away from the Mint in San Francisco.

/I have nothing to add to this conversation
 
2012-06-23 11:56:40 PM  
I assume it's a link to Frank Gehry's portfolio.
 
2012-06-23 11:59:02 PM  

LoneWolf343: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x422]

This looks like a wrecked building. If a hurricane hit it, I don't think you could tell the difference.


This building brings back memories of playing Planescape: Torment. (It wouldn't look out of place in Curst...)

/ hopefully not too obscure
 
2012-06-23 11:59:13 PM  
Oh yeah, you think the USA is full of ugly architecture?
londonhotelsinsight.com

You expect people to live in this.

And what about this?

www.singlesolution.com

WTF. This is a shopping center?
 
2012-06-24 12:00:22 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: /hate ruin porn but god-effing-dammit that either needs to be fixed or put out of its misery
//f--king Moroun


It's only fixable if someone like Illitch decides to sink money into it or the federal government decides to cover it (the state government can't). There were some studies done and it is cheaper to implode it and build something new there in terms of cost per function square foot of office space. So you need someone who values it for what it is to lose money on the property and rehab it.

/fark Moroun
//always take the tunnel to fark Moroun out of his money
 
2012-06-24 12:00:49 AM  

1000 Ways to Dye: Your_Huckleberry: The formally Dollar Money Tree Store Pyramid looks kinda cool when lit right, especially next to the bridge.

FTFY.



Ahem... FTFM.
 
2012-06-24 12:02:36 AM  
Oh, I meant to also mention something else in my contrast of post-war modern with postmodern, above. That is the appreciation and refurbishment of 19th century buildings. They were bulldozed en masse during the 50s-70s. Don't get me wrong; there were plenty of older buildings purged during that era that were either ugly, shodilly built, very non-functional which should not be missed. Still, there was a mindset at the time that "dated" buildings were inherently ugly. The Chicago Department of Planning & Development used to put out a pie-in-the-sky booklet each year of their plans and dreams. In the early 50s, they wanted to clad the "dated" City Hall / County Building in glass and coloured panels (i.e., like the Lake Street side of the Thompson Centre) to make it more "attractive". Seriously.
 
2012-06-24 12:06:27 AM  

wildcardjack: Oh yeah, you think the USA is full of ugly architecture?
[londonhotelsinsight.com image 389x460]
You expect people to live in this.



Architects and other modernists lambasted the Prince of Wales when he dared to criticise the popular fashion of post-war brutalist abominations like that in the 1970s.
 
2012-06-24 12:06:39 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Wait, they actually *didn't* throw in a Detroit one for kicks? Huh.

Now:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x426]

Glory days:

[farm6.static.flickr.com image 500x387]

[farm6.static.flickr.com image 360x426]

[farm6.static.flickr.com image 468x349]

/hate ruin porn but god-effing-dammit that either needs to be fixed or put out of its misery
//f--king Moroun


I think this is what you meant to link to Michigan_Central_Station
 
2012-06-24 12:14:44 AM  
I like some of those, and you're a farkass if you don't.
 
2012-06-24 12:22:42 AM  
list fails without the Humanities Building on the UW Madison campus.

onlinephishtour.com
 
2012-06-24 12:23:53 AM  
I think the Geisel Library, the Portland Building, and the Denver Public Library look cool. That EMP Museum is crazy looking from the air, but ground level pictures are pretty awesome IMHO.
 
2012-06-24 12:27:06 AM  
I have seen 11 of those buildings. But not on purpose.
 
2012-06-24 12:30:10 AM  

Ed Grubermann: It was designed after the college riots of the 1960's to be riot-proof.


You do realize that every major college with an ugly building has an urban legend regarding riot-proof architecture?

At any rate, list fails without:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-24 12:36:01 AM  

mrmyxolodian: list fails without the Humanities Building on the UW Madison campus.

[onlinephishtour.com image 400x270]


Yikes! That's rough. Seems that college campuses are full of these post-war modernist structures.

I love this picture of the Patterson Office Tower foregrounded by the Main Building at UK. When set against each other, it's amazing to see what "fits" and what does not. In the article there are a lot of buildings that on their own look fine, but fit awkwardly within the context of their surroundings and, particularly with more modernist structures, are out of scale with humans and surrounding buildings.

farm7.staticflickr.com
/hot
 
2012-06-24 12:37:03 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-24 12:37:40 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: Ed Grubermann: It was designed after the college riots of the 1960's to be riot-proof.

You do realize that every major college with an ugly building has an urban legend regarding riot-proof architecture?

At any rate, list fails without:

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]


Wow. You're right.

What's the story behind that building? I can't imagine what it looks like from the inside, who designed it, and why they would have ever thought it was a good idea (unless it's the world headquarters of Melted Buildings Inc., then I can understand.)
 
2012-06-24 12:46:50 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: Ed Grubermann: It was designed after the college riots of the 1960's to be riot-proof.

You do realize that every major college with an ugly building has an urban legend regarding riot-proof architecture?


Yes, we were told that BS during orientation at UIC too. In reality, the campus was opened in 1965 and Netsch & his team at SOM laid down the plans a few years earlier still -- indeed, the buildings to which that urban legend was most applicable were designed at the start of the project. The riotous campus protests didn't start until later. Meanwhile, brutalism was the fad, particularly for public buildings, not just campuses.

The same student docent claimed that the interior labyrinth layouts of the later designed (but still open in 1965) structures like the Behavioural Science Building, Science & Engineering Labs, and Architecture & Art were because their architect was agoraphobic. No, it was still Netsch. He was experimenting with his new "field theory" design, the bastard. Thank G-d his later planned phases were never built, like the massive field theory theatre centre that was to be on the north side of the Ike and the missing two thirds of Architecture & Art which were later prevented by the construction of Student Residence & Commons. The field theory interiors are actually a health & safety problem, as identifying where you are and getting ambulance, police and fire responders to find their way to you is a genuine problem. Many paramedics have gotten lost and wasted valuable time in BSB and SEL over the years.
 
2012-06-24 12:50:26 AM  

what_now: This list fails without Boston City Hall.


having seen it a couple times, I didn't think it was that ugly. But then I don't live there, so I don't have to see it that often.
 
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