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The World’s Most Overrated Architecture And Urban Design

Tiny houses, the Seagram Building, urban density–which one of these overhyped designs fires you up the most?

What do two of New York’s most famous skyscrapers have to do with with vertical gardens, design competitions, and Frank Gehry’s uber-reflective L.A. concert hall?

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You thought they were some of the world’s most overrated designs in the field of architecture and urbanism. 1 World Trade Center? Ugh, another boring glass monolith! Pocket-sized homes? Sketch comedy fodder. Urban density? Just another buzzword championed by misguided urban planners who don’t know how cities really work.

Vote for the biggest blight on the urban landscape in our March Madness bracket next week, and check out the other nominees in graphic design, product design, and interface design.

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Shaunacy Ferro is a Brooklyn-based writer covering architecture, urban design and the sciences. She's on a lifelong quest for the perfect donut

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