Thursday, January 22, 2009
Oh yeah... Thanks JetBlue
Balancing the demands of shameless and brutal commerce with the impossible dreams of the preservationists, JetBlue has restored a measure of sanity into this cruel and sterile world. JetBlue resisted the temptation to raze Eero Saarinen's iconic Terminal 5 to make way for their new JFK complex. Just as significant, they also pushed back attempts to preserve the site as an obsolete museum piece.
The new JetBlue JFK terminal complex places Saarinen's masterpiece at the center of a beautiful, functional and, environmentally-friendly facility.
Nearly 50 years ago, after the concrete was poured, Saarinen and his chief engineer stood underneath the structure as the scaffolding was being removed.
When the last support was dismantled the architect paused for a moment, turned to his colleague and said:
"If this whole thing came came crashing down on my head right now, I would die a happy man."
It didn't. Firmitas, utilitas, venustas.
Vitruvius would be proud.