Bad Architecture

Today while doing my transit research for the Miami TriRail System I came across Opa-Locka station. Interesting name, I thought as I zoomed into the station on Google Earth. Checking first for handicap accessible egresseses, I found an escalator concealed within a hideous concrete turret and an outer wall of paste-y, pastel-striped patterns. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

Bad Architecture

It’s difficult to tell if this colorful parking structure entrance in East Grand Rapids, Michigan was inspired by the thorax of a wasp, a drugstore calendar featuring hot air balloons, or, perhaps the most obvious: the crown of She Ra.    

There Are No Ghosts Here: The Ethereal New Urbanism

One of my favorite tracks by the Japanese musician Tavito Nano includes a little bit of English: Ka Ka Ka there are no ghosts here there are no ghosts here Everything is an illusion, Everything is an illusion, Everything is an i-l-l-u-s-i-on… That’s kind of how I feel about New Urbanism. Michel de Certu writes … Continue reading

Bad Architecture

Southfield, Michigan. Housing conveniently located next to a strip mall, but not necessarily slanted toward the strip mall in reality.

Bad Architecture

New condo developments in suburban Detroit that promote “urban loft living.”

Mall Cultural

When thinking¬† of mall culture, the absurdity of David Byrne and John Goodman in Texas immediately comes to mind. Since moving to New York however, events such as Bang on a Can and River to River Festival at the World Financial Center challenge my perception regarding¬† malls and culture. Owned by Brookfield Properties Corporation, the … Continue reading

Bad Architecture

High rise development over by Port Authority. Not only is it dizzying to look at it, surely we’ve learned that glass high-rise architecture looks cheap when mass produced and is expensive and inefficient to maintain.

Bad Architecture

Even Berlin is unsafe from terrible architecture. On our right we have what I guess is a late 90’s prefabricated neo-classical [parody]. Although the airy, glass structure on the left lessons the effect in the actual photograph, it’s hard to ignore just how ugly the yellow stone and faux columns on that squat building truly … Continue reading