Chabuduo: will Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park be "close enough"? (And will Forest City have to rein in Greenland?)
My time in China has taught me the pleasure and value of craftsmanship, simply because it’s so rare.... But such scenes are an unusual treat... Instead, the prevailing attitude is chabuduo, or ‘close enough’. It’s a phrase you’ll hear with grating regularity, one that speaks to a job 70 per cent done, a plan sketched out but never completed, a gauge unchecked or a socket put in the wrong size.Chabuduo, suggests Palmer, has inspired some brilliant improvisation, but also can provoke "the casual dismissal of problems." And that leads to industrial disasters and construction deaths and food poisoning. (It's also part of a culture of cheating and corruption.)
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And what next?
One question is whether Forest City, itself known for aggressive tactics, will rein in Greenland.
Forest City, CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin once said, is “in some ways government's worst nightmare, because we push, but without it, you do not get things done.”
But Greenland brings another dimension. "China definitely has a different way of working," Forest City executive Susi Yu recently said, "so I think there’s definitely a little bit of an educational process in learning that in New York you can’t just do everything because you say so."
I wonder what that really means.