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April 08, 2005

Rebuilding

We haven't heard too much lately about the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan. Stephen Green (aka VodkaPundit) wishes that the towers were being rebuilt pretty much as they were before. I disagree.

Mind you, I think that Daniel Libeskind and David Childs's Freedom Tower is... eh... suboptimal. Oh, what the hell, it's hideous. I preferred Libeskind's original design, but I still wasn't terribly enamored of it. And the use of empty superstructure to create the "world's tallest building" is just plain bah. We're Americans. We don't need to cheat to set records.

No, the design that should have been selected, and whose nonselection constitutes a crime, is THINK design's Sky Park. I was in love with this design from the moment I saw it. It has everything.

Think_3 A beautiful elevated garden, with tasteful memorials. A full street-level retail space on a newly revived street. The perfect symbolism of replacing the Twin Towers with three similar-yet-better buildings. Just look at them... shimmeringly transparent, revealing the solid core of the structural supports beneath, with three different designs in light and dark wending their way to the top. And one of those three buildings would legitimately be the tallest building in the world. The price tag for Sky Park would have been much lower than Freedom Tower's will prove to be.

What a waste! To think, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this soaring work of art to be erected, and it's going to pass by. I dream about what might have been, and weep.

April 8, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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