Annual Search Begins for UK's Ugliest Building

Oliver Wainwright solicits contenders for this year's Carbuncle Cup, Building Design magazine's annual search for the UK's worst "crimes against architecture".
May 21, 2013, 2pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"[The Carbuncle Cup] is to the Stirling prize what the Razzies are to the Oscars, a prize to call out the worst offenders in the built environment – from overblown 'iconic' gestures to that grim retail shed (or is it a school?) on your street."

"Over the past seven years, the Carbuncle Cup has been awarded to shopping centres and housing blocks, hotels and office complexes as well as – last year, in the most controversial decision yet – to the "restoration" of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich," says Wainwright.

"In other years, the prize has focused on the real villain of British architecture, the kind of mindless planner-friendly filler that marches up and down the country along railway lines, canalsides and out-of-town centres."


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Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in The Guardian
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