Museum Plaza (Rendering by REX New York)
Museum Plaza (Rendering by REX New York)
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So here’s a quote we found by Rem Koolhaas from 2003 in a book he published called Content. It appeared well before the Museum Plaza project, but it’s unsettling nonetheless. Koolhaas runs OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), the firm originally hired to design the skyscraper before it split in two forming REX (Ramus-Ella Architects).

Keep in mind this is from a frustrated architect upset over the imminent loss of an unnamed project, not about Museum Plaza. However, with everyone getting antsy about resumption of full construction yet (according to our poll) remaining fiercely optimistic about Museum Plaza overall, how do you feel about the future of the project?

You suddenly sense that some kind of planetary realignment—political/economic/personal—has started to erode the viability of a project… Because you are more sensitive, have better antennae, inevitably you sense it first, even before “they” have allowed the fatal message to become fully conscious, a convenient delay that enables them to stay just this side of outright dishonesty in their further transactions. Now the possible death of a project stares you in the face—against the weaselly rhetoric of reassurance proffered by powerless proxies…”

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