Introducing Gerhardt Fjuck

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Comedy Central has put out a wonderful video spoof of modern architecture in the guise of Gerhardt Fjuck, an apparent play on Bjarke Ingels, the Danish designer of some of the world’s most ridiculous buildings. Videographer and humorist Arturo Castro plays Fjuck as someone everyone would just love to punch in the face, and who has designed the world’s five worst buildings, all icons of modernism that every viewer knows and hates.

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Bjarke Ingles (Wikipedia)

Entirely implausible. Nevertheless: Fiction meets reality.

As the editors at Comedy Central engagingly inquire, “Have you ever watched Daniel Libeskind or Bjarke Ingels speak in hollow truisms about inspiration and ‘creating the world’ and thought it was an elaborate joke, perhaps a Comedy Central sketch?” Well, this is that sketch.

The Man Behind the World’s Ugliest Buildings” is four minutes long and featured on Castro’s new show Alternatino.

“Architecture begins with a thought, a dream, a single line. But then you build it. And all of a sudden, the dream, you can touch her, she is real.” It is the culmination of all the ridiculous fundraising, condo-sales, and vapid inspirational videos out there. We won’t spoil the rest for you.


About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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5 Responses to Introducing Gerhardt Fjuck

  1. Pingback: City hall as a happening place | Architecture Here and There

  2. LazyReader says:

    Satire is the sincerest form of ridicule.
    – Mini AOC
    – Monty Python
    – Gerhardt Fjuck
    – Dave Chappelle, Rick James, Prince, white guy


  3. Roberto Baccarie says:

    Fucking brilliant !


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