Friday, October 16, 2009

We made the List!

Chicago may have lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics but we do have one thing going for us.

We have a building on Travel and Leisure magazine's list of the "The World's Ugliest Buildings."

Mayor Daley could not be reached for comment.

Spanning the globe from Pyongyang to Portland to well, Chicago, it's a strange list in my opinion. Lists such as these are always completely subjective and ten people could put together ten entirely different lists.

It seems that the major criterion to make this particular list is that the architects simply tried too hard. What is also bizarre, also in my opinion of course, is if you go on to look at their list of the "World's Coolest Buildings" you may find it difficult distinguishing to which list a given building belonged. Although I didn't take a complete survey, from a cursory view I noticed that buildings by Frank Gehry made both lists.

I suppose that's what separates great architects from lesser ones.

So of all of Chicago's ugly buildings, which one distinguished itself enough to make this esteemed list?

Why the Harold Washington Library.

Congratulations to one and all, a fine tribute to our city!

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