Hudson Yards as Dildoville

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Each of the Hudson Yards stimulatory products fits onto a storage base. (

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People’s Daily headquarters in Beijing (

The other day a correspondent sent me, under the title “Beyond parody,” an item from Architect’s Newspaper headlined “Design firm turns Hudson Yards towers into sex toys.” This family blog must of course issue a firm “No comment.” The late Ada Louise Huxtable wrote, in 2008, of Hudson Yards: “Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s most conspicuous contribution is a pair of skyscrapers that look, in profile, alarmingly like sex toys.” What would she have thought of the headquarters of the People’s Daily, in Beijing? The Hudson Yard stimulators are said to be fabricated of silicone and are (as the image atop this post implies) accurately sized directly in proportion to the length and girth of the project’s buildings. AHAT (the acronym of this daring blog) hasn’t the foggiest idea what they are talking about.

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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7 Responses to Hudson Yards as Dildoville

  1. John says:

    Since reactions cannot be edited, the correct link for the below:


  2. John says:

    More brutalism from the city of Rotterdam (where the establishments, having no vision and no style are trying to copy New York), the new central station, more grey (the brutalists seem to love grey and cold chrome), cheap looking material and brutal retard forms.
    In and around the station are big screens with advertisements, which is big money, you can buy a few seconds of advertisement in a loop for about 5000 to 20.000 euro in order to program your junk into the minds of the passer by consumerist public..,they pay attention to these screens at intervals when they are not looking at their smartphones and the advertisements on it.
    Brutalism or monkey business?


  3. John says:

    Art in the city of Rotterdam, luckily for everybody you can never fully realize with what kind of people you are sharing this planet.. and what kind are ruling over you.


  4. It says all items were scaled 1:100. So an 800 foot tall skyscraper would result in an 8 foot tall dildo. Seems a bit too large for the intended use.

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  5. LazyReader says:

    Today’s modern feminists would argue the skyscraper as a phallic compensation allotment.


    • I’m sure you are right, Lazy!


    • That’s as old a trope as the skyscraper itself. Back 25 years ago, when I was a minion in the corporate world, we were subjected to annual seminars on sexual harassment. During one such seminar, I asked whether having a model of the Empire State building in my office would be a case of sexual harassment, since everyone knew that tall buildings were phallic symbols. The moderator obviously would have preferred to be elsewhere…


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