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HALL OF SHAME 41 COOPER SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY Architect: Thom Mayne of Morphosis Opened: 2009------People avoid this place. Architectural critics praise it with absurd language that is disconnected from the reality of how the building makes people feel. The arrogant 1 percent fail to understand how the 99 percent react. Photo: Vincent Desjardins via Flickr.
"Every community needs a commons where people can gather[...] This can be a grand public square, a humble Main Street or a vacant lot with a few handmade benches where locals sit down for conversation.[..] What’s important are the connections made among people, which can lead to wonderful things: friendships, love affairs, partnerships that flower into new ideas for businesses or community projects."
“…that the sight of people attracts still other people, is something that city planners and city architectural designers seem to find incomprehensible. They operate on the premise that city people seek the sight of emptiness, obvious order and quiet. Nothing could be less true. The presences of great numbers of people gathered together in cities should not only be frankly accepted as a physical fact – they should also be enjoyed as an asset and their presence celebrated…”