Public Buildings in America

Hel­lo again, after a long hia­tus. I’m still here!

I just hap­pened upon a nice update on the ren­o­va­tion of the old Eero Saari­nen-designed TWA ter­mi­nal at JFK air­port. Of course it’s beau­ti­ful. Check out the ren­der­ing of that foun­tain-lined entrance! But of course it’s not going to be an air­port any­more, either. Some­where in the last 50 years, we decid­ed that com­mu­nal pub­lic spaces like air­ports should be caus­tic, unpleas­ant envi­ron­ments with a min­i­mum of com­fort and orna­men­ta­tion. There are excep­tions big and small, but grand pub­lic spaces are large­ly not being built in the Unit­ed States any­more. We save that class of work for lux­u­ry hotels, the­aters, and so on. It’s a shame, because it’s a choice we make.

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