Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Undeserved bad rap

Back on February 28 I posted about Dubai being equated with ugly buildings, the latest example being Sydney's Lord Mayor slamming a proposed new hotel as "a clumsy Dubai-style hotel". The story in Sydney Morning Herald was headlined: "Not so fast with that Dubai-style tower, says mayor".

The UK Daily Telegraph has just run a feature titled: 'Are these the ugliest buildings in the world?'

They've selected twenty-one breathtakingly ugly buildings...and not one is in Dubai.

Australia deservedly gets a gong though, with Federation Square in Melbourne:

Photo: Alamy. Daily Telegraph

Awash with ugly buildings is maybe a reputation Dubai doesn't deserve.

As an aside, I've never understood how such patently ugly designs are not only proposed by architects but are approved by the owners and given the go-ahead by the authorities. 

There's a whole chain of people involved and not one of them has the courage to say it's so ugly it has to be binned. 

Have a look at the  Daily Telegraph feature here.

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