A Monument to Stupidity? Probably Not

Although we may not agree fully with Mark Wigley’s assessment of the Javits Center (“It’s just such an awful building that the only reason to keep it would be as a monument to stupidity”), it does seem that there is better use for the waterfront property.

The concept of “the most sustainable building is the one not built” has been floating around the industry for a bit, but it only works when one takes the 100-year view. The use of the building must be viable. And despite the renovations, Javits is not. At the same time, it isn’t a loss that   and team have dedicated so much time to the . Although  seems inevitable that the Javits Center will meet its maker, the demolition is likely years away.

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