Alamodome named one of the ugliest buildings in the U.S. – mySA

A study recently named the Alamodome as one of the ugliest buildings in the country.

A study recently named the Alamodome as one of the ugliest buildings in the country.

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When San Antonians think of the Alamodome, we are likely thinking about the history of the building, the football games played there, and the memories from Spurs games. However, a recent study judged our beloved Alamodome for its exterior and lack of beauty.

Buildworld, a business that offers building materials, curated a list of buildings that are said to be “ugly” from around the world, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The ranking, released on January 11, named the Alamodome in the Top 10 for the U.S. list.

The Alamodome was ranked in the No. 9 spot. The J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington D.C. took the No. 1 spot. 

Yes, how dare they. However, Buildworld compiled the list from a Twitter search of the name of each building. The researchers included buildings named from previous winners and nominees of the UK’s Carbuncle Cup and rankings of the world’s ugliest skyscrapers from Architectural Digest.

After searching on Twitter, Buildworld said it used a set of keywords to obtain all tweets that reflected the public’s opinion regarding its design. The tweets gathered were filtered to ensure the people tweeting were talking about the design of the building, according to the study. Then Buildworld used a sentiment analysis tool called HuggingFace to analyze the percentage of tweets that were negative about each building’s design.

San Antonio was the only Texas city named in the U.S. ranking. Others included Boston City Hall in Boston (No. 2), the Verizon Building in New York (No. 3) the Watergate Complex in Washington D.C. (No. 4), the Denver International Airport in Colorado (No. 5), the Trump Tower in Las Vegas (No. 6), the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (No. 7), the Thompson Center in Chicago (No. 8), and the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee (No. 10).

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