The very excellent scathe merchant Justin Shubow in Forbes.
Betsky explicitly said that context was appropriately irrelevant to the design. It was clear that for Betsky and Kroloff, the anonymous globalized starchitecture that is all the rage in Dubai, Davos, and Shanghai equally belongs in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.
If the architects had their way, elevator music in New Orleans public housing would be screeching Stockhausen, not native Louis Armstrong or Fats Domino. Modernists have no room for harmony, rhythm, or soul; they are high-culture elitists, not multiculturalists who celebrate class and ethnic diversity.