Libeskind's "wedge of light" WTC design isn't what you thought.
Specifically, if you thought that sunlight would shine down on the plaza at precisely the interval between the time the first tower was hit, and the time the last tower fell...no. That's not what Libeskind meant after all. Actually, there would be shadows, it turns out. From other buildings! So funny, so pathetic.
posted by luser
on May 1, 2003 -
Gaudi's Grand Hotel
During his life, Barcelona’s “bauharoque” architect Antonin Gaudí
pioneered imaginative structures with Moorish spires and whimsy likened to Dr Seuss. (Counter to popular myth, however, the word “gaudy” is not among his legacy.)
Several of his works
broke his patrons’ budgets and remain unfinished. Now, Boston artist-architect Paul Laffoley
is attempting to revive Gaudi’s dramatic 1908 New York City concept
and give it a second chance
—at the WTC site for which it may originally have been commissioned. His thesis is both an intriguing history walk and a cloying, self-ingratiating, told-you-so piece.
posted by skyboy
on Jan 22, 2003 -
Today at 1pm EST, the 7 proposed new plans
for redevelopment of the former World Trade Center site will be revealed. Currently, they're carrying the announcements of the new proposals (with architect descriptions of their projects) live on wnyc.org on the Brian Lehrer Show
posted by callicles
on Dec 18, 2002 -
Six WTC site plans released
by LMDC public-private partnership. Each idea revolves around a different conception of the memorial and is named for that, while showing variation in the structures that will be built around it. There are 3D renderings from above and from the south of the Battery, and skylines as seen from Jersey City, to show how the concept will fit into the existing neighborhood. None as imposing as the Twin Towers, but several include at least one distinctive structure that will rise above the nearest buildings, so Manhattan pedestrians can navigate again. All may be discussed Saturday in a public meeting at Javits Center, expected to attract 5000. I suspect that figure will be low.
posted by dhartung
on Jul 16, 2002 -
Fireproofing Faulted in Trade Center Collapse... Fireproofing failures -- rather the impact of the plane crashes -- probably caused the World Trade Center towers to quickly collapse, architects and engineers told a federal panel today.
"The insulation is going to turn out to be the root cause," said James G. Quintiere, a professor at University of Maryland's Fire Protection Engineering Department who analyzed the fireproofing in the two towers.
Also worth reading is NY Fire Chief Vincent Dunn's assessment, "Why the World Trade Center Buildings Collapsed
posted by zerolucid
on Jun 27, 2002 -
more like it.
Finally a design for rebuilding the WTC that captures the appropriate spirit. Far better than the other designs
I've seen. No doubt some will think it too much, though. What's your opinion?
posted by rushmc
on Jun 24, 2002 -
The New WTC?
The Max Protech Gallery in Manhattan has an exhibit
of sketches and designs from artists, architects, and others with their ideas on how the World Trade Center could be rebuilt
posted by owillis
on Jan 20, 2002 -
Funny, I walked daily to work past the World Trade Center, and have been in the Middle East more than once, but it never occured to me to connect the WTC with Islamic architecture until I read this.
posted by MidasMulligan
on Dec 31, 2001 -
From safety to where.
This article provides a great, in-depth look at the World Trade Center from an architectural standpoint. Beginning with its lead architect, a Japanese man who suffered himself from the racism of the WW2 era, it goes over the structure of the buildings and reasons why the center withstood the 1993 bombing -- and, for a while, the impacts of the two hijacked planes -- and what the future for New York and the businesses affected may hold. (Thanks to overmorgen
for the link.)
posted by moz
on Sep 26, 2001 -