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Imagine you're the pedestrian just visible by the lamppost in front of the taxi. The glass and steel wedge was deliberately designed to look as though it's not strong enough to hold its own weight: it looms overhead and feels as though it may fall on you. The angled wall at the base erodes the space of the street AND it must feel uncomfortable to be next to the angled, machine-like plane. The numbing, technological repetitiveness of the buildings "skin" is anti–human.

Our city streets are the public realm. Deface the public realm, and the common good suffers. Judging by the photos, Koolhaas has made a very bad public realm.

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