Absurd Architecture in Your Neighborhood
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Friday, July 29, 2011
Which of these things is not like the others?
Last week on the show, Kurt Andersen went head to head with the conservative culture critic John Silber, who railed against the “absurd” work of architects Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind for their flashy buildings. It’s not just a matter of opinion, Silber says: it’s just bad architecture.
We asked you if there’s a building in your area that you find absurd.
Barbara from Seattle, Washington nominated The Experience Music Project — Frank Gehry's monument to Jimi Hendrix and rock n’ roll. She described it as “a giant creature ran amok in a used car lot and then swept up all of the damaged cars and left them in a pile.”
But Patricia from Texas took issue with the very premise of our question. “This is an insulting witch hunt,” she wrote. “How about talking about what makes good architecture - the MOTHER of all the arts. It's not necessarily about profit. Long live Gehry and Libeskind.”
What do you think? Let us know — we’re still collecting photos. And thanks to everyone who wrote in.
Slideshow: The Experience Music Project