Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wrong Building

Since Ground Zero came up (something we haven't discussed here in a long time, but unavoidable when talking about New York architecture,) here is this quote to consider:

The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace... a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness.
- Minoru Yamasaki

It always strikes me how completely off the mark the Sept. 11 hijackers were to target these elegant buildings.
What idiots, really.

The building those psychopathic morons were after hasn't even been built yet.
It's to be built of greed and fear, and in an Orwellian twist, called the Freedom Tower.

Muschamp's successor, Nocolai Ourossoff, wrote in one of his most admirable moments:

If built, the lamentable Freedom Tower would be a constant reminder of our loss of ambition, and our inability to produce an architecture that shows a genuine faith in America's collective future rather than a nostalgia for a nonexistent past.

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