Architectural poop.

It’s the Kevin Bacon effect…pretty face with a botched nosejob.
Why would someone do this? Did this owner or architect just give up on life? “Eh, fuck it.”

I believe this is this Verizon building in Tribeca (I was staying with a friend who lives in a nearby high rise). It seems to be a prison for bad cables, computers, and vitamin-D deficient creatures one can only imagine lurking inside.  Just to clarify, this building has not 1 window on the whole thing.  Not 1.

I don’t want to leave you completely disillusioned with architects, as is the permeating feeling in my household (and entire profession, possibly), so here’s a lovely house I always pass on my bike ride home from work:

It looks this nice everyday…with the shiny, matching Vespa perfectly placed. Maybe I’m playing into their little I-want-attention game. I guess that’s ok.

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One Response to “Architectural poop.”

  1. asholigee Says:

    I think a good bit of us upcoming architects are trying to break this ridiculous cycle of vitamin-D-less buildings and senseless reno’s. You might be surprised to know that we are actually taught principles to avoid such offenses. Somewhere between staying up for a week (every week) trying to resolve hypothetical designs and build models our professors won’t literally tear apart, those ideals must get worn and lost…
    Unfortunately, some architects don’t care at all about the environment they are affecting. They just want to see the concept they visualized, no matter its placement or relevance. Architect Von Meiss talks about an insertion into the environment as “a meaningful new fragment rather than a personal artistic invention.” That definitely can get lost on egos.
    As a proponent of sustainability AND artistic invention, you might like http://www.inhabitat.com/category/architecture/. I can’t just sit by and let you think we’re ALL selfless.
    BTW, for that Verizon building, I think there are plans to glass curtain wall its facade: http://curbed.com/archives/2008/05/13/375_pearl_street_from_verizon_blues_to_water_views.php …but we all know that’s not so sustainable…
    The real challenge is to create and renovate responsibly, using our artistic abilities to solve the crises we face. I see a lot of designers heading there now, and hopefully we will see more evidence of it soon.

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