Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Idiot American Architects Association Has Terrible Taste

WTFThe "American Institute of Architects… has branded The New York Times Building as the city's 'ugliest' building." Now, that being said? The American Institute of Architects is fronting this building on their website right now. It is a building at Central Michigan University and it is a horrible insane piece of strip mall garbage. So.

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Tuna Surprise (#573)

They have a point. This building has great curb appeal with a water feature and tiered landscaping while the NYTimes building has the Port Authority Bus Terminal on its front lawn.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Is there some quirk in the rules that disqualifies the bus terminal from being considered in this little list? Looking at the NYTimes building doesn't cause my soul to cry; the same cannot be said of PABT.

HiredGoons (#603)

I've said it before and I'll say it again, PABT is a prison from Bladerunner.

Matt (#26)

That is the fitness facility of a McBungalow retirement golf course community on the state line between North and South Carolina and you cannot tell me different.

If you squint, the lettering on the facade makes it look like a Cold Stone Creamery.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

I swear, it's a Savings & Loan in Rogers, AR.

Was thinking the same thing AY. Screams "Bank" to me.

HiredGoons (#603)

I'm assuming there is a Chinese buffet and a dollar store in there somewhere.

TwoDollars (#2,898)

I don't trust any "ugly buildings" list that doesn't include the Verizon building.

HiredGoons (#603)


Second that motion on the Verizon building.

And really, they're going to include I.M. Pei's gorgeous, Art Deco-revival Four Seasons at #8? I mean, it's a little pompous maybe, but definitely not ugly.

(Storms off in huff.)

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

I don't think you understand. Those are IONIC COLUMNS. And red brick! Maybe you'll understand what's important when you move out to Ohio and stop judging from that filthy city standpoint. Tenements are out baby.

Study group at the Orange Julius stand!

propertius (#361)

I believe those columns have been disavowed by all the ancient Greek schools of architecture.

jolie (#16)

I would kill my mother for an Orange Julius right now. /heat moaning

roboloki (#1,724)

i thought they were ironic columns. either way, that's fucking ugly.

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

"Look everybody. I don't know how to put this so I'll just say it. I want our building to look like it was landscaped by the less fortunate. Let's get to work."

All columns are ionic.


Art Yucko (#1,321)

This pile of… of Hoarkitecture looks like the aftermath of when the Machines raped Monticello, and daddy WalMart wouldn't let it get an abortion.

…My father has taught Arch/Design for over 3 decades (The majority of which he spent apoplectic over the spread of terrible design like this.) The firms that produce this sort of three-dimensional trash are generally staffed by the caliber of people whom he flunked.

kneetoe (#1,881)

The nice thing about the above building is how easy it will be to take down. All you have to do is let it sit there for a few years.

cherrispryte (#444)

You would think that the upswing in interest in The Fountainhead would maybe lead to a new appreciation for architecture, but you'd be wrong.

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

Fucking communists.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

there's no money in architecture, so = incompatible with objectivism!

Neopythia (#353)

I didn't make it far into the Fountainhead, but I think the CMU building would be perfectly in line with its functional aesthetic.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

The New York Times and Central Michigan University. Two august institutions, to be sure, but only one of them produced Thunder Dan Majerle. Advantage: Chippewas.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Downtown Grand Rapids would give any self-respecting bulldozer a hard-on.

bb (#295)

On the list is also an ironworkers' union building that looks like a condo building in Williamsburg to me:

Totally confusing.

NY Daily News has a slideshow with commentary – unclear who wrote it, but I assume it's an AIA person because otherwise the NYDN has become way more highbrow-bitchy than usual- re 200 11th Ave's elevator that lifts cars up to their apartments, "sounds exhausting."

bb (#295)

oops, I guess I can't post pictures here. probably for the best.

lawyergay (#220)

What about the W.R. Grace building? And every one of those god-awful glass-walled condos that have sprouted up all over the place over the past 15 years?

lawyergay (#220)

Every time I pass the W.R. Grace facade, I'm tempted to go in and check the directory for the office of Dr. Theopolis.

katiechasm (#163)

I am also sick of those generic glass buildings that are taking over every city in North America.

LondonLee (#922)

Does it have an open-plan kitchen? Because I love to entertain. And granite counter tops.

Jerkwheat (#2,247)



petejayhawk (#1,249)

I knew that was coming.

TroutSavant (#1,990)

I've posted this before and I'll post it again: so many fantastic/insane nominations for ugliest from Times commenters. Some of my favorites: The Empire State, all of 3rd Ave, and everything after the Guggenheim.

TroutSavant (#1,990)

Also, I really like the new Times building, climbability notwithstanding.

But how can the French performance artists climb up this building without handrails built in?

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