The Seattle Public Library and other award-winning disastrous architecture

Released: March 13, 2008.

How and why did Seattle build that hideous new public library? asks one listener from that city. James Howard Kunstler tells us how cities get hoodwinked into a status fashion contest to have a museum or library built by one of the celebrity architects of the day. Rem Koolhass, Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman and others are deliberately designing these disastrous, anxiety-inducing mothership UFOs in order to mystify people into thinking they’re supernaturally brilliant. And then we’re stuck with these Gillette Blue Blade-clad fun houses for decades.

Direct Download:
(7.1 MB | 15 min.)

Discuss this episode
Seattle Public Library by Rem Koolhaas
Seattle Public Library by Rem Koolhaas. Image courtesy of Wikipedia