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The Calgary Eye Opener Wednesday, October 21, 2020
 
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Lac La Ronge building vies for world's ugliest building
Back in 1877, Crowfoot was the leader of the Blackfoot --- the most feared native tribe in western North America.
One cannot imagine mere human beings concocting such dreadful things, and one can scarcely imagine human beings bearing life in them.
H. L. Mencken, Libido for the Ugly
12-Jul-07 - Some unnamed architect has grafted Lac La Ronge's Northlands College Building
Some unnamed architect has grafted Lac La Ronge's Northlands College Building

onto the face of the Canadian Shield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2002 Forbes Magazine outed the world's ten ugliest buildings. Canadian architects designed two. The New York Times describes Frank Gehry's Experience Music Project

as"something that crawled out of the sea, rolled over, and died". Forbes describes the Canadian Embassy in Washington (another white elephant commissioned by Pierre Trudeau to his good and dear friend Arthur Erickson) as "bizarre by any aesthetic assessment." We're petitioning Forbes to include Northlands College in its next outing.

Come hell or high water, the Eye Opener will out the unnamed architect. We've emailed the Saskatchewan Department of Advanced Education and Employment, the owners and runners of Northlands, to fess up her/is name.

 

  • For the Northlands College web site CLICK HERE
  • For more about "ugliness" CLICK HERE and to read Mencken's Libido for the Ugly HERE
  • For the Forbes Article CLICK HERE and to see Forbes' "Ugly Slide show" HERE
  • For more on the Experience Music Project CLICK HERE
  • For more about Frank Gehry CLICK HERE
  • For more about Arthur Erickson CLICK HERE
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