Nicolai Ouroussoff finally jumps into the fray.
When Santiago Calatrava unveiled his design for a luminous glass-and-steel transportation hub for ground zero in January 2004, government officials touted it as a 21st-century version of Grand Central Terminal — one of the few bright spots in a development plan crippled by politics, petty self-interests and the weight of the site’s history.
Populist outrage at the excesses of the “elites” is the fashion today. But reference my comments regarding Nicolai Ouroussoff months ago. I am excited by what it means for architectural criticism that he feels he can finally come out of the underbrush and shell someone’s bloated and ridiculous post-9/11 monstrosity.
Like the old saying, it couldn’t have happened to a better project.
In other Ground Zero news, this hollow shell of a non-project is not the only thing being gutted. So is the square footage.
The takeaway? Design these
They’ll mangle them until they get these
And seven and a half years after the most significant “act of urban planning” in since World War 2, the Bush and Giuliani/ Bloomberg genius has brought us… this.
It is empty, and they want to replace it with emptiness.