We like to bring attention to pieces of architecture that shine for their innovation and beauty. But one artist’s vision of a “starchitect” world is more after-the-fact. Enter, the “Contemporary Future” series, by an as-yet unnamed photo-manipulator. The images show a world where beautiful pieces of architecture crumble to war, vandalism, consumerism, climate change, and the power of the elements.

 And though we don’t know the name of the artist here, just yet, the names of the architects interpreted are all highly recognizable: by Bernard Tschumi, Zaha Hadid, and Jean Nouvel appear. Daniel Libeskind’s Denver Art Museum gets overrun by WalMart, the MUCEM by Rudy Ricciotti becomes a shabby motel, the Paris BNF by Dominique Perrault falls prey to a casino, Jakob Macfarlane’s Le Cube Orange gets overrun by graffiti and strippers. A truly saddening prospect.

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[via Designboom]