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Old August 16th, 2005, 06:31 PM   #1
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Architectural Style You Dislike The Most?

With the exceptions of Sears, AON Chi, JHC, WTC twins, anything by Mies, and probably any tower that's distictive, I would have to say the 60's 70's box buildings (made of concrete) are the worse. Not all buildings built in that decade were bad, but the majority are pretty much generic and bland and IMO depressing when I walk by them.
Here are some examples found in Toronto:

Hilton


Sheraton


Manulife Centre



Marriot
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Old August 16th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #2
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http://www.emporis.com/files/transfe.../08/210254.jpg has to be one of the uglyest scyscrapers in winnipeg

Le Chateau York
http://www.emporis.com/files/transfe.../07/203064.jpg

one evergreen place
http://www.emporis.com/files/transfe.../07/203067.jpg

radison hotel
http://www.emporis.com/files/transfe.../06/272053.jpg

pics won't show up so i will give you the links for them
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Old August 16th, 2005, 09:19 PM   #3
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Maybe postmodernism is the style I dislike most.
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Old August 16th, 2005, 10:47 PM   #4
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Brutalism and 80s trying to be clever Post-modernism.
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Old August 16th, 2005, 11:50 PM   #5
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1) Much of the 60s-70s block architecture (with some exceptions).
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2) Post-modernism - Its attempt to combine modernism with various historical styles often produces foolish results. But there are exceptions, such as 2 Prudential Plaza in Chicago and the Liberty Place buildings in Philly.
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Old August 17th, 2005, 12:01 AM   #6
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Corporate anything can get a little grim, regardless of style or era. However, big-box brutalism and Postmodernism are certainly the worst offenders. I also hate McMansion style buildings, which are less Postmodern than they are simply moronic retreads of styles that were never allowed to die.

The ugliest building on earth not a Gulag factory or Nazi camp has got to be a Walmart surrounded by 100 acres of parking.
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Old August 17th, 2005, 02:04 AM   #7
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There are exceptions, but I dislike most of:

International style
Modern boxes
Commieblocks/clones
Brutalism
The new "excessively shiny and flashy" style
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Old August 17th, 2005, 02:14 AM   #8
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Buildings shaped like the ones travis007 posted:



Cork city's only skyscraper looks like this and it's ugly as hell.
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Old August 17th, 2005, 06:28 AM   #9
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Post-modern bulky, stubby boxes, buildings that look like armoirs, and yes, flat Wal-Mart-style shopping venues are the worst (but at least those will be razed in 30 or so years). I di happen to like some of the buildings above, when they are slender on one side, or have a light slope.
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Old August 17th, 2005, 09:17 AM   #10
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Old August 17th, 2005, 01:59 PM   #11
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I love brutalism ... brutalist buildings have personality.
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Old August 17th, 2005, 11:33 PM   #12
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I just find deconstructivism to be nothing more than a pile of garbage literally.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 12:12 AM   #13
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I just find deconstructivism to be nothing more than a pile of garbage literally.
I completely agree! You CONSTRUCT buildings, you don't deconstruct them!
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Old August 18th, 2005, 08:28 PM   #14
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I don't know why people wants to build Brutalist towers but they are sure ugly as hell.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 08:48 PM   #15
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Postmodernism... there are so many bland, banal towers of this kind around.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 10:01 AM   #16
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I hate all pseudo historic styles. Only real progress or true historic monuments impress me.
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Old August 20th, 2005, 06:03 PM   #17
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This is a true statement, historic styles has already passed, b/c if people want to have historic buildings, then they can just buy them rather than create newer ones.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 02:02 PM   #18
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For me - most of brutalism. Postmodernism is a little (but not much) better - a bit desperate alternative to soulless, aggressive, alien brutalism.

I consider that brutalism (may be even all the architecture since the Big Killing of Ornament) is weird trick of public relations, where architects+investors spend possibly little effort and money while the public thinks that they make the High Art.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 04:17 AM   #19
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Amen, Amazing and TalB! From what I've seen and read of it, "Decon" is my least favorite style too, for the same basic reasons (more about this later...)

BTW, if any of you remember the horrid collection of "plans" for rebuilding ground zero that the Max Protech (spelling?) gallery in NYC displayed a few years back, which of those would be called "decon"?
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