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olga
Jan 21, 2007, 12:35 AM
Can't believe no one posted THIS beast...

Torre Velasca-Milan


Maybe because we have no forumers from Milan... The thread title says "...in your city". Not that I mind, I love this thread and don't mind if people post whichever building they find ugly.

MSPtoMKE
Jan 21, 2007, 2:53 AM
I actually like Torre Velasca. It looks better in person than those pictures.

Ex-Ithacan
Jan 21, 2007, 3:05 AM
Well, I don't live in these small cities, but I thought these buildings might fit in here:

Danville, VA - hotel

http://suprfile.com/src/1/j9dbl8/danv09.jpg


Sharon, PA - clothing store

http://suprfile.com/src/1/1b1216f/sharpa9-4.06.jpg


Carbondale, PA - elderly housing

http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/8057/carpa45062pj.jpg

vid
Jan 21, 2007, 4:35 AM
Oh dear gawd no make it stap..... :( :tantrum:

They need miracle pants, stat!

LMich
Jan 21, 2007, 5:43 AM
That clothing store in Sharon, PA, minus the color, is actually pretty good architecture.

Atomic Glee
Jan 21, 2007, 12:50 PM
For Fort Worth, without a doubt...

...the AT&T Building. My eyes, ze goggles do nothing!

http://fortworthology.com/blogpics/swbt-1.jpg

Photo by John T. Roberts of Fort Worth Architecture (http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com).

Ex-Ithacan
Jan 21, 2007, 1:20 PM
That clothing store in Sharon, PA, minus the color, is actually pretty good architecture.

True, but someone needs to be beaten with a stick for those pink awnings.:whip:

Grumpy
Jan 21, 2007, 1:39 PM
Where I live the entire coastline (5km) is one huge concrete wall of 8 to 10 story buildings , one next to the other.
A really disgusting view when travelling by boat

Independence
Jan 21, 2007, 3:34 PM
Can't believe no one posted THIS beast...

Torre Velasca-Milan
http://www.todaviapordeterminar.com/galeria/data/media/1/MIlano_Torre_Velasca.jpg

My eyes are bleeding! :gaah:
Must be a suicide building:
Has been built tall enough for unhappy people to jump off, and those transfer columns are there to string yourself up.

Damn this thread is the best EVER.:haha:

Stephenapolis
Jan 21, 2007, 6:26 PM
^ I like that building. It looks evil.

vid
Jan 21, 2007, 9:50 PM
I like that AT&T building. It is ugly, but I like boxy buildings. :)

fengshui
Jan 21, 2007, 11:13 PM
If I lived in Havana, it would be the Russian Embassy.

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r13/tofurkeypeg/DCP_0274.jpg

Upward
Jan 26, 2007, 10:41 PM
This is not my city, but I'm going to share to keep the thread alive!

Today I visited Amiens, and my first reaction after getting off the train was "whoa, I wasn't expecting a skyscraper!" My second reaction was "oh god, it's ugly!"


This shot just shows a little of the base, which is awful
http://webfiles.uci.edu/cfagan/ssp/euro/amiens_ugly01.jpg

It towers over the quaint historic buildings. This shot shows more of the ugliness of the main tower.
http://webfiles.uci.edu/cfagan/ssp/euro/amiens_ugly02.jpg

It appears the tower may have been built along with the train station, which is also awful.
http://webfiles.uci.edu/cfagan/ssp/euro/amiens_ugly03.jpg

I'd appreciate any information about this building. I know nothing about it. It would be ugly anywhere, but it's especially out-of-place (and out-of-scale) here.

Ex-Ithacan
Jan 26, 2007, 10:45 PM
^ Kinda looks like something a kid would build with blocks.

Upward
Jan 26, 2007, 10:50 PM
It's a bad commie-style version of the Mather Tower in Chicago. It appears to be just as impractically narrow.

staff
Jan 27, 2007, 9:05 AM
Olga,
Har du inte någon bild på den där groteska byggnaden som "Bäst!" låg i tidigare, på Bergsgatan (?) mellan Södervärn och Dalaplan?
Tror där ligger ett Lidl i samma byggnad nu - kanske har de renoverat den också...

Coyett
Jan 27, 2007, 2:00 PM
Taipei Station

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/TRATaipei.jpg

m0nkyman
Jan 27, 2007, 3:58 PM
I check this page at least once every week. Always good for a laugh. I have to say that the worst building in Ottawa (by far) is City Centre.....which I can proudly say is nowhere near the CBD or centretown area but is actually about 3 km to the west.

http://www.jamieloubier.8m.com/PictureStorage/CityCentre.jpg

They haven't torn that thing down yet? :shrug:

NYC2ATX
Jan 27, 2007, 8:18 PM
excsqueeze me but i just went through the whole thread and there are some buildings that should not be here.

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/Westin_Times_Square.jpg

The Westin is fabulous, perfect for that area.

http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=24884

The Portland Building is excellently postmodern, and is a very recognizable symbol of that city.

http://perso.orange.fr/nba-history/images/stades/knicks.JPG

I'm surprised no one mentioned Madison Square Garden. Luckily there are plans to replace it.

However that doesn't make up for what was originally lost to this building:

http://www.lostmag.com/blog/4a23398r.jpg

http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwher/courses/8690/penn-station/2.jpg

the original pennsylvania station :koko:

vid
Jan 27, 2007, 8:28 PM
The Portland Building is tacky shit. It's like to put a white cube in front of Michael Graves and said 'Here, fuck this up!'

olga
Jan 27, 2007, 11:54 PM
Olga,
Har du inte någon bild på den där groteska byggnaden som "Bäst!" låg i tidigare, på Bergsgatan (?) mellan Södervärn och Dalaplan?
Tror där ligger ett Lidl i samma byggnad nu - kanske har de renoverat den också...

Det är en bra kandidat! Har tyvärr ingen bild...

Goody
Jan 28, 2007, 1:48 AM
Yea some of these are unly but......... I think this one ups the whole ugliness factor by about ten

Before
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b164/Bigpyro06/1Bostonbefore.jpg
After
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b164/Bigpyro06/1bostonnow.jpg
Yea.... about that
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b164/Bigpyro06/2bostonafter.jpg
Whole
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b164/Bigpyro06/Westend.jpg
Gone
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b164/Bigpyro06/westendgone.jpg
whole again?
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b164/Bigpyro06/westendnow.jpg

NYC2ATX
Jan 28, 2007, 5:15 AM
The Portland Building is tacky shit. It's like to put a white cube in front of Michael Graves and said 'Here, fuck this up!'

You're intitled to your opinion :shrug:

ajknee
Jan 28, 2007, 7:32 AM
Yeah, those pictures of Boston are pretty scary. I just got back from there. While I find the Boston City Hall a masterpiece of Brutalism, it is in the wrong place. I can only dream about the wonderful, bustling neighborhoods that got torn down to build it and it's massive bland courtyard. The worst part is that it's already quickly becoming useless. The mayor is having talks about tearing up another beautiful section of Boston for a new one. I don't understand why they can't build the new one right on top of the old, useless one.

Evergrey
Jan 29, 2007, 1:01 AM
For Pittsburgh... my vote is for the Allegheny Center Mall... a monstrous mid-20th century enclosed shopping mall that replaced 518 mid-19th century Greek revival structures and eliminated a city neighborhood forever. The mall failed 20 years later... but has made a suprising comeback as an office and housing complex. Its virtually impossible to capture the immensity of this disaster on film... but this detail shot by ColDayMan gives the viewer an example of the type of architectural diarreah this complex consists of. The mid-20th century construction of the Civic Arena took a similar toll... though it is at least an architecturally-significant structure (though woefully outdated today).

http://www.urbanohio.com/OtherStates/Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh/2006/October/06PittsburghOct16.jpg

Happy Valley Freak
Jan 29, 2007, 3:15 AM
Is that where Mary Tyler Moore's second apartment was in the show?

omfg BARF! Holy Freakin CRAP WHAT THA HELL WERE THAY THINKING?:koko:

i_am_hydrogen
Jan 29, 2007, 3:43 AM
The Apparel Center
http://www.chicagoarchitecture.info/Images/NearNorthSide/ApparelCenter-001.jpg

Westin
http://www.westinchicago.com/activities/images/act_photo.jpg

vid
Jan 29, 2007, 5:10 AM
ajknee » 'I don't understand why they can't build the new one right on top of the old, useless one.'

Do what our city did, move the city hall into vacant office space, tear down the old, build the new, then move in. That way you can preserve the neighbourhood.

Those pictures of Boston are just sad. :(

EmpireCityGuy
Jan 29, 2007, 11:24 PM
Lincoln Tower OSU campus:

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k40/toddguy/ugliestL.jpg

And it's ugly twin sister tower, Morrill Tower as well:

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k40/toddguy/ugliiest.jpg

I would love to see these monstrosities imploded.

lollollol-- Those are hideous!

Distill3d
Feb 6, 2007, 7:44 AM
Westin
http://www.westinchicago.com/activities/images/act_photo.jpg

LOL!!!

while i was in Chicago, i stayed at that same westin. its almost as bad inside as it is on the out...

pwright1
Feb 6, 2007, 9:10 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/pwright1/seattle2/seattle14/jan07244Medium.jpg

Tex17
Feb 6, 2007, 10:52 PM
Wow, so many things:

There are in fact, many, many horrendous buildings in this thread, e.g. NOLA's Plaza Tower, the Minneapolis complex, and that Kingston, Ontario monstrosity. But on the other hand, a lot of these postings - if that's the worst building in your city, you should count your lucky stars. The Trizac Building in Winnipeg, for instance, is pretty standard looking. Not beautiful or anything, but a far cry from a "shameful monstrosity". Jeez.

Thinking of Chicago, my orignal thought was the Apparel Center, but seeing a lot of others, I thought it's bad, but it's not that bad. Like someone else said, it doesn't hurt to have maybe a couple ugly buildings in the skyline if for nothing else than contrast and character. It's prominent location is a bit more of a problem though. Same thing with the Westin River North - by no means hideous, just a supporting cast member to the better buildings around it.

I've always disliked the SBC Building (Fort Worth).
http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/swbt-2.jpg

http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/swbt-1.jpg

Thankfully, a new convention center hotel is under construction which should block its view from at least one direction!

Tex17
Feb 6, 2007, 10:53 PM
double post

Independence
Feb 7, 2007, 10:53 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/pwright1/seattle2/seattle14/jan07244Medium.jpg


Always appreciate this one while racing beside/under it in the Gran Turismo 4 Version of Seattle :D
Met some of the coloumns way more intense than I wanted to :hell: mostly at 80 mph...
That's a very personal reason to hate it.

kenratboy
Feb 7, 2007, 6:18 PM
Always appreciate this one while racing beside/under it in the Gran Turismo 4 Version of Seattle :D
Met some of the coloumns way more intense than I wanted to :hell: mostly at 80 mph...
That's a very personal reason to hate it.

LOL, I'm with ya on that one!

Nothing like just being in 1st place, and WHAM, you hit a column and everyone else passes you before you catch up :(

AZheat
Feb 8, 2007, 12:46 AM
I completely agree with the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle. The obvious answer is to tear the damn thing down and put a wide highway at street level in its place. I remember years ago when people were debating this subject that many people said that just paving over the area below the Viaduct would be ugly and unappealing. That's incredibly stupid. Think of some of the great avenues of the world, the Champs Ellysees in Paris for example, is just a wide stretch of blacktop but the layout of the buildings and the street creates a spectacular setting. Seattle has the potential for a spectacular avenue along it's waterfront by simply removing that concrete monstrosity and creating a broad avenue that would enhance the waterfront and change the whole look of the city.

vertex
Feb 8, 2007, 2:16 AM
I completely agree with the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle. The obvious answer is to tear the damn thing down and put a wide highway at street level in its place. I remember years ago when people were debating this subject that many people said that just paving over the area below the Viaduct would be ugly and unappealing. That's incredibly stupid. Think of some of the great avenues of the world, the Champs Ellysees in Paris for example, is just a wide stretch of blacktop but the layout of the buildings and the street creates a spectacular setting. Seattle has the potential for a spectacular avenue along it's waterfront by simply removing that concrete monstrosity and creating a broad avenue that would enhance the waterfront and change the whole look of the city.

I guess there just waiting for an earthquake to make the decision final.

Anybody remember the Cypress St. Viaduct in Oakland? The Embarcadero freeway in S.F?

M.K.
Feb 8, 2007, 2:56 AM
^^^^^^^^^^^^ :haha: :haha: :haha:
There is a similar structure in middle Sao Paulo called Minhocao (big snake) that is quite terrible :yuck: , ugly, but unfortunatly none earth(take)quake will happen in Sao Paulo in centuries to tear down. The Minhocao is quite different as it is a elevated avenue upper other ones. http://www.vitruvius.com.br/minhacidade/mc139/mc139_05.jpghttp://www.saojudasnu.blogger.com.br/elevado%20costa%20e%20silva.jpg

pdxtex
Feb 12, 2007, 1:02 PM
this one is classic....its a parking garage in east lansing, michigan locally known as the habitrail (like the gerbil building set). its pretty much out of character for the entire state of michigan. it should be in miami if anything..you either love it or hate it....


http://static.flickr.com/53/125791739_e742ebe2e0_o.jpg

toddguy
Feb 12, 2007, 2:48 PM
lollollol-- Those are hideous!

Yes the Lincoln And Morrill towers are I think at least in the top five in this thread. They look like heinous highrise prisons. They should be imploded and are a disgrace to OSU.

Distill3d
Feb 12, 2007, 7:46 PM
http://static.flickr.com/53/125791739_e742ebe2e0_o.jpg

classic example of why not to build for the decade you live in thinking it will be an immortal design....:haha:

Ex-Ithacan
Feb 12, 2007, 11:41 PM
^ Are you sure that's not just a bunch of huge moonbouncers stacked one atop the next?

Distill3d
Feb 13, 2007, 1:33 AM
^ Are you sure that's not just a bunch of huge moonbouncers stacked one atop the next?


either that or you could look at it this way, they could renovate it into a Roller Disco when it out lives its use as a Parkade

BuckeyeGreg
Feb 14, 2007, 2:48 PM
Yes the Lincoln And Morrill towers are I think at least in the top five in this thread. They look like heinous highrise prisons. They should be imploded and are a disgrace to OSU.

Hey now, I am a resident of Lincoln and I argue otherwise. I guess living there for three years might have made me a little biased, but there's no way you can say it's any worse than the architecture building:

http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/portfolio/archives/images/0505ohioSU.jpg

Thousands of angled marble shingles held to the facade with visible metal brackets make this look terrible. They were originally going to do it in brick, but the donor wanted marble. Weird marble.

As far as them being heinous prisons, they are actually some of the most spacious and livable dorms on campus. Jeffrey Dahmer can attest; he lived in Morrill for a quarter.

Awkab
Feb 14, 2007, 3:20 PM
^ Lincoln and Morrill Towers, while spacious, are designed in a very strange way. If I remember correctly, there are 4 bedrooms (with 2 people in each bedroom) that each have their own study area, and all 4 bedrooms share the same living room and bathroom. So that sounds all good, but the bedrooms form a ring around the entire building, so they are the only rooms with windows (the study areas, the bathroom and the living rooms are all windowless). It sort of makes for a depressing environment.

Plus, all the windows in the bedrooms, which are quite small, are bolted shut. The rumor (I don't know if it's true) is that there were far too many students committing suicide so they bolted the windows shut. That's probably an urban legend, but the design of the building, plus the fact that the buildings are somewhat isolated and far from the action and real neighborhoods around High Street, makes the legend plausible enough. I think they also use to cram four students in each bedroom (2 bunk beds per room), which would have made for a very cramped 16 students per unit.

I also heard that originally there were plans to build a series of towers along the river that were the exact same design as Lincoln and Morrill, but after those two were built, they were considered such a failure that the plans were scrapped.

If I were at OSU, I'd much prefer the single rooms in Baxter or the new graduate dorms.

EDIT:

Oh, and I'm not quite sure how the new Knowlton School of Architecture will stand the test of time; from some angles I think the exterior looks stunning, and others, well not so much. But I actually prefer the use of marble to brick...the natural variation in the individual marble tiles makes the building looks more organic in my opinion. Using brick would have made the building look far too heavy and dark.

In any case, I can't imagine a city or campus that would rather have a Lincoln or Morrill Tower over Knowlton Hall:

http://www.pbase.com/awkab/image/74370634.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/awkab/image/74370632.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/awkab/image/74370631.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/awkab/image/74370633.jpg

Minato Ku
Feb 14, 2007, 5:38 PM
It is cool and quite beautiful
We have a lot of ugler universities than this in Paris. ;)

Jussieu university One of most shameful monstrosity in Paris
http://www.ipgp.jussieu.fr/rech/iup/photogallery/campus%20jussieu.gif
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d3/Paris_Jussieu_Campus_entrance_dsc04055.jpg/800px-Paris_Jussieu_Campus_entrance_dsc04055.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2e/Jussieu_dsc00883.jpg/800px-Jussieu_dsc00883.jpg
http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/2739/jussieufullresut2.jpg

Distill3d
Feb 14, 2007, 5:39 PM
http://www.pbase.com/awkab/image/74370634.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/awkab/image/74370632.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/awkab/image/74370631.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/awkab/image/74370633.jpg


if these are shameful, please post some other pics of your city that you consider to be not shameful. :koko:

fact is, these are beautiful and i would love to have them at one of the post secondary schools in my city. hell, i'd love to have them as a suburban office complex.

Awkab
Feb 14, 2007, 6:01 PM
^ As my post says, this building is not shameful! I was refuting someone else who said this building was uglier than two highrise dorms on their campus. I posted those photos to show that it is, in fact, quite stunning from several different angles.

Distill3d
Feb 14, 2007, 7:47 PM
^ As my post says, this building is not shameful! I was refuting someone else who said this building was uglier than two highrise dorms on their campus. I posted those photos to show that it is, in fact, quite stunning from several different angles.

i was just quoting you for the awesome pics, and challenging the other person as well. sorry for the mix up there. :cheers:

vid
Feb 14, 2007, 9:04 PM
That architecture school is amazing. :)

BigKidD
Feb 15, 2007, 5:53 AM
To add to the Boston photos, old Scollay Square
http://www.bambinomusical.com/Scollay/1906aerial.jpg
In the 1940s
http://www.bambinomusical.com/Scollay/SS1940s.JPG
Scollay Square again in its hey day,
http://www.bambinomusical.com/Scollay/post5.jpg
And another great photo,
http://www.bambinomusical.com/Scollay/600Alley.jpg
And as seen before, the areas replacement,
http://www.ucnet.pe.kr/USA/Massachusetts/Boston/WFAnca%20America-Boston%20City%20Hall-01.jpg

m0nkyman
Feb 15, 2007, 6:11 AM
To add to the Boston photos, old Scollay Square
http://www.bambinomusical.com/Scollay/1906aerial.jpg
In the 1940s
http://www.bambinomusical.com/Scollay/SS1940s.JPG
Scollay Square again in its hey day,
http://www.bambinomusical.com/Scollay/post5.jpg
And another great photo,
http://www.bambinomusical.com/Scollay/600Alley.jpg
And as seen before, the areas replacement,
http://www.ucnet.pe.kr/USA/Massachusetts/Boston/WFAnca%20America-Boston%20City%20Hall-01.jpg

The US is way overdue for a revolution....

nath05
Feb 15, 2007, 3:59 PM
http://static.flickr.com/53/125791739_e742ebe2e0_o.jpg

This is unbelievably tacky, but AT LEAST it has street-level retail. That alone makes it twice as good as the 90% of parking ramps that become dead zones

dfane
Feb 15, 2007, 7:04 PM
this monstrocity in Philadelphia

cira center
http://www.myciowp.com/i/cira.jpg

olga
Feb 15, 2007, 8:36 PM
This is unbelievably tacky, but AT LEAST it has street-level retail. That alone makes it twice as good as the 90% of parking ramps that become dead zones

Good point.

BTW, that building is so tacky, I can't help loving it.

i_am_hydrogen
Feb 15, 2007, 9:42 PM
My god, nath05, that building you posted is so offensive it's comical. It looks like the world's largest bouncy house.

Lindberg
Feb 16, 2007, 1:13 AM
No fire.


No brimstone.


No devil.


Yet hell does exist, on earth:
http://www.pbase.com/mancusoj/image/24485229.jpg

Makes me thing of Kafka's THE TRIAL... A great place to shoot a weird film on people changing into coakroaches...

Upward
Feb 16, 2007, 8:23 AM
dfane

It's your city, not mine, but I like Cira Center! I took this in June '05 when it was new...
http://gallery.qrivy.net/d/16949-2/IMG_8830.jpg

By the way, I still think that Houston tower is the worst thing in the thread. Everything else seems to be bad due to a creative idea that just didn't work in practice, or that hasn't withstood the test of time. But that thing... it's like they just didn't even try to design something good.

LMich
Feb 16, 2007, 9:21 AM
That's the "Habitrail" parking garage in downtown East Lansing, Michigan that nate posted.

Inkdaub
Feb 16, 2007, 11:20 AM
The Portland Building isn't bad at all you nutters! Portlandia herself makes it better than most.

starvinggryphon
Feb 16, 2007, 6:11 PM
http://www.caminandosinrumbo.com/brasil/brasilia/Brasilia_5.jpg

http://www.caminandosinrumbo.com/brasil/brasilia/Brasilia_1.jpg

http://www.caminandosinrumbo.com/brasil/brasilia/Brasilia_4.jpg

I nominate everything ever built in downtown Brasilia, and everything thereafter.......they just can't get it right in that place.

Note: For more information on Brasilia's architecture, consult the original planners:
http://www.frc.org/img/blog_images/planet-of-the-apes.article

Tex17
Feb 16, 2007, 9:53 PM
AdrianXSands, what are you smoking?

123 North Wacker, City Place, 311 South Wacker and 900 North Michigan?!! This is supposed to be "shameful monstrosities", not "randomly pick some nice buildings from the skyline."

RockHillJames
Feb 17, 2007, 4:01 AM
From what I understand, that tower in Houston was planned as a twin tower, hence the "unfinished" back. The front looks better, but yeah...it's nasty.

the urban politician
Feb 17, 2007, 5:09 AM
hey anything that can make you laugh can't be that bad. just got my new desktop background. thanks.

^ Isn't that in East Lansing, MSU campus?

Looks very familiar...

muppet
Feb 17, 2007, 3:39 PM
starving gryphon, Brasilia is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site that's modern, on a par with central Paris and Venice. The designs are by Oscar Niemeyer.

Minato Ku
Feb 18, 2007, 1:15 AM
Central Paris isn't on Unesco World Heritage Site
(Many buildings are under in construction in cenytrel Paris)
but the HQ of Unesco are in central Paris and it is not a very beautiful building with a 1950's architecture :D

http://www.montessori-ami.org/congress/2001Paris/photos/071.jpg

nath05
Feb 18, 2007, 4:48 AM
I would say that the majority of the buildings in Brasilia are actually quite nice...they're thoughtfully designed and creatively detailed. The problem is that they're in a "concept city" that was designed with open planning principles....before those principles were recognized as a scourge.

Brasilia the city just flat out doesn't work, but the individual buildings are fookin impressive.

muppet
Feb 20, 2007, 11:35 AM
Haussman era Paris is on the UNESCO Heritage Site list, aswell as the banks of the Seine.

muppet
Feb 20, 2007, 11:36 AM
if ones is to put Brasilia up, you might aswell throw in the Seagram Building in NYC.

LMich
Feb 20, 2007, 12:52 PM
^ Isn't that in East Lansing, MSU campus?

Looks very familiar...

Look at my post just a bit after his. :)

dfane
Feb 22, 2007, 7:19 PM
dfane

It's your city, not mine, but I like Cira Center! I took this in June '05 when it was new...
http://gallery.qrivy.net/d/16949-2/IMG_8830.jpg

By the way, I still think that Houston tower is the worst thing in the thread. Everything else seems to be bad due to a creative idea that just didn't work in practice, or that hasn't withstood the test of time. But that thing... it's like they just didn't even try to design something good.

it is too bloated looking lol
it looks out of place.

sullymon54
Feb 24, 2007, 1:19 AM
This may have already been posted but i think it warrents a second look, behold the Buffalo City Court.

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/5414/buffalocitycourt1jv7.jpg

And this hideous structure is nothing with out an enormous parking garage.

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/3448/buffalocitycourt3nl2.jpg

And lets not forget about the classic destruction of lafayette square's beautiful library for this monstrocity.

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/2636/buffalolafayettesquareiz2.jpg

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/3223/buffalolibrary1ig7.jpg

And why the verizon building for good measure.

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/9646/buffaloverizonfj3.jpg

sullymon54
Feb 24, 2007, 1:47 AM
http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/3254/buffskyline1vi9.jpg

PuyoPiyo
Feb 24, 2007, 1:59 PM
http://www.forbes.com/2002/05/03/0503home.html

I think this is worth to check out.

oilcan
Feb 24, 2007, 2:52 PM
I will throw my two cents in for the city of Spokane..

This 18 floor hotel montrosity would not be so bad with the exception that is was just completed a few months ago. It includes an all concrete 1970s Communist feel, visible air condition vents by each window, and to top it off inside has that ever so unique to frozen Spokane "Safari" theme to it complete with cheetah, zebra and tiger print everywhere.


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/175/369537404_0c77f1269c.jpg?v=0

Awkab
Feb 24, 2007, 6:44 PM
^ eww

Goody
Feb 24, 2007, 7:33 PM
^^ yea that sounds freakin great :sly:

do you have any other pictures?

oilcan
Feb 24, 2007, 8:26 PM
^^ yea that sounds freakin great :sly:

do you have any other pictures?

Like a horrible car accident as much as you don't want to you just have to take a peek:

http://static.flickr.com/60/207531181_f75707df83.jpg

http://www.fotothing.com/photos/3d3/3d3d15fd4090c4cab4acd2294c26a952.jpg

http://www.print2webcorp.com/news/spokane/davenporttower/20070121/img/p01.jpg

neverdone
Feb 24, 2007, 9:54 PM
Let's see someone beat THIS!

http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/4194/aerialespqg1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

This is beautiful

nath05
Feb 25, 2007, 3:22 AM
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/5414/buffalocitycourt1jv7.jpg

Mother.of.Godhttp://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/indifferent.gifhttp://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/indifferent.gifhttp://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/indifferent.gifhttp://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/indifferent.gif

Goody
Feb 25, 2007, 3:42 AM
Holy shit, how did thatget past the planning board, I mean the in side is bad, but really look at the fucking out side -the windows the painted? brick things...... EW.

kenratboy
Feb 25, 2007, 3:56 AM
Probably because it was cheap and the planning board had a vested interest in it being cheap.

You do have to admit, if you wanted to intimidate clients, you would totally have an office there!

skyscraper_1
Feb 25, 2007, 4:32 AM
Halifax's Fenwick tower! Yikes....

i_am_hydrogen
Feb 25, 2007, 5:48 AM
This is beautiful

Do you know what was demolished to make way for this tribute to Rockefeller's ego?

"And the Plaza remains, its architecture outmoded and discredited even before it was finished, its urban vision revealed as a cynical sham, like other Modernist monoliths planted in the heart of American cities during the hubristic excesses of the 1960, to intimidate the pedestrian, confuse the observer, and confound the urban reformers who would like to remake the cityscape along something approaching human principles."

Patrick
Feb 25, 2007, 5:57 AM
Do you know what was demolished to make way for this tribute to Rockefeller's ego?

The Empire State Plaza is horendisly ugly, but at the same time amazingly beautiful. I dont know what it is but I love it

Its like a vision of the future from the 1950's. Just check out how the Project is elevated above the rest of the city, how the freeway's cross under it, and the huge ionic towers.

Amazing.

AlthoughThe landscapeing near the freeway could use some work.

ikcyzrteip
Feb 25, 2007, 7:59 PM
So glad they tore most of these down in chicago.
http://www.northwestern.edu/shared/cms/images/observer/2005/02/bridges_migrations.jpg

the urban politician
Feb 25, 2007, 10:09 PM
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/5414/buffalocitycourt1jv7.jpg

^ Holy hell, what cathedral to self-hate is that?

trueviking
Feb 26, 2007, 1:56 AM
this thread should have been locked when the buffalo thing was posted...especially when we see what it replaced...unbelievable.

as for winnipeg's entry....it should be noted that it replaced an equally beautiful building (the market building in the foreground).....it is getting a facelift in which the stone will be removed at it will be re-clad in all glass curtain wall...hopefull it is an improvement.

http://www.manitobaphotos.com/Postcards/p123.jpg

http://canada.archiseek.com/manitoba/winnipeg/downtown/king_street/images/publicsafety_lge.jpg

Comrade
Feb 26, 2007, 2:23 AM
http://static.flickr.com/53/125791739_e742ebe2e0_o.jpg

This is unbelievably tacky, but AT LEAST it has street-level retail. That alone makes it twice as good as the 90% of parking ramps that become dead zones

I actually like this...well if it lit up at night with neon colors.

charlieqin
Feb 26, 2007, 1:51 PM
Name one building (pictures as well) in your city that you curse and wish to spit at every time you pass it by. This building should embody everything you hate in architecture--in fact it should be so bad that if you had a daughter you wouldn't let her go near it because you believe it embodies everything evil in this world. :yuck: :yuck:


I am not yet qualified to upload pics to this forum,but it is said that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Charles Qin:banana:
Beijing,China

Distill3d
Mar 12, 2007, 9:38 PM
http://media.pixpond.com/21oioe.jpg

http://media.pixpond.com/21oioe81.jpg

http://media.pixpond.com/qiyj.jpg

like i said in its thread, i don't know where they are, but i know where they belong...

Spencer
Mar 14, 2007, 2:40 PM
ohh... Where do I begin???

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u4/Spencer75_photos/Random/Hawaii2006002.jpg

Honolulu 2 blocks from the beach... photo taken towards Diamond Head

SeaBass
Mar 14, 2007, 10:20 PM
My two least favorites, both happen to reside on the Pitt campus

Forbes Quadrangle:

It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't tear down a classic major leauge ballpark to build this monstrosity.
http://www.umc.pitt.edu/tour/images/bigphotots/photo-tour-040-big.jpg

School of Information Science:

Its hard to see in this picture, but it resembles a parking garage with odd concrete panels covering over most of the windows.

http://www.tulips.tsukuba.ac.jp/zaiken96/images/slis.gif

M.K.
Mar 15, 2007, 8:56 PM
I actually like this...well if it lit up at night with neon colors.

For a Parkhouse I really think it was the best they could do.

M.K.
Mar 15, 2007, 8:57 PM
^ Holy hell, what cathedral to self-hate is that?

If they paint the wall with a realistic view it would be a cheap way to bring some hapiness for that.

holladay
Mar 16, 2007, 3:26 AM
[QUOTE=Monetto;2439241]

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y126/mihaitza/Picture874.jpg

QUOTE]

it actually looks like it has a series of glass elevators of the portman variety suspended in different positions all along it

holladay
Mar 16, 2007, 4:22 AM
http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/yyy/0oministryt.jpg


How ever ugly it is, it gets points for just being straight out kick ass awesome.

ok, a little history on this one. without knowing the specifics of this exact building, in the 602sand 70s there were a number of architects who proposed that in the future people would live in giant megastructures that hovered over the earth and were connected by tubes. it's a very sci-fi fantasy that was predicated on the belief that all things would one day be egalitarian and shared and all human traditions would be erased. ive never known any of these monsters to get built but this looks like a small-scale spin-off.

lawsond
Mar 18, 2007, 10:21 PM
^^^

sorry but i love everything about that sci-fi building.
it's all "future gone wrong-ey".
reminds me of the remains of expo '67.
we used to go and explore the wreckage.
this one is perfect in every way.

Derek
Mar 18, 2007, 10:49 PM
http://www.manitobaphotos.com/Postcards/p123.jpg

http://canada.archiseek.com/manitoba/winnipeg/downtown/king_street/images/publicsafety_lge.jpg

this is so upsetting:(

the urban politician
Mar 19, 2007, 4:16 AM
I've gleamed this whole thread, and I have found the unlucky 7. These are the ugliest of the ugly, IMO. They are so offensive that one must ask if their designers were themselves under duress by great evil forces of the nether worlds:

1.
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k40/toddguy/ugliestL.jpg

2.
http://www.pbase.com/mancusoj/image/24485229.jpg

3.
http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/517/img5959gr8.jpg

4.
http://www.wirednewyork.com/real_estate/westport/att_center_tenth_avenue_11jan03.jpg

5.
http://www.lawyers.ca/international/images/Londoncourt.jpg

6.
http://freenet.buffalo.edu/bah/a/del/50/image/2.jpg

7.
http://fortworthology.com/blogpics/swbt-1.jpg



And the winner goes to number 6--the tipping point for me is that pathetic attempt at a public sculpture in front of the building. Who the hell came up with that site plan? It's an assault on all things decent in this world! :whip: