05 Aug '11, 3pm

What makes a building ugly? The failure to become a place

Some of this stuff is simply ridiculous on first sight, of course, and it would be merely laughable if not for the terrible toll it often often takes on the urban landscape around it. Peruse the gallery, and what you generally find at ground level surrounding these iconic eyesores is a wide, empty expanse of concrete, a “plaza” trying and failing to embrace a building designed with total disregard for its context. These are ostensibly “public” spaces built to inhuman scale and abutting indifferent or openly hostile facades. (Indeed the Project for Public Spaces has its own “Hall of Shame,” which is populated largely by grandiose plazas and parks seemingly designed by some alien race with no firsthand experience of how actual human beings interact in public.)

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