Vanity is the Quicksand of Reason

Leave it up to a starchitect like Rem Koolhaas to create engaging, lively, useful public spaces like the pivotol corner of 4th Avenue and Spring Street.  Someone tell me how this promotes an active street face? I don’t know whether to blame the City of Seattle for being so ga-ga over the Dutchman and allowing this to happen or the vanity of such a blow-hard (I’ve listened to his lectures) who doesn’t understand the context to which his buildings sit.  Form over Function?  You got it.  Too bad such a master couldn’t bridge the gap between both – or simply didn’t care to.  And don’t get me started about the interior.

Central Library 4th Avenue