I don't know if you've seen the redesigned Freedom Tower.
See it here: http://tinyurl.com/98o65
It's getting even worse. The design is dumb, plain dumb.
They have this 200 feet entrance fortress that is a boring concrete and
steel box and a very unfriendly and "free" .The tower itself is a glass
box and the stupid antenna to get to the "symbolic" 1776 feet.
What I can say is that represent very good most of the american people:
dumb, tasteless and cheap :)
The tower is not the only flawed part of the design but the
surroundings of the tower create worst problemas than the the ones the
original towers created when they were built.
By the way, people hated the twin towers before they became a
symbol.But now they are the most "beatiful" skycrapers.
The architect, David Childs, has the chutzpah to say, that he likes his
design better than the original.
I can't understand how he can say that, this guy is shameless also as
an architect and with respect to his colleague.
Poor Daniel Libeskind
But the developer mast be very happy because he could get rid of the
original architect and get a cheap building. That was his intention
from the start of the process.
What a scam! Shame on the american architects who let this circus going
in front of their nose.
Poor him? I pity the architect who designed the WTC- Minour Yamasaki.
He's more known because his projects get brought down than anything
else. He also did the Pruitt-Igoe projects in Saint Louis that were
demolished in '72.
You are right.
The David Childs scheme for the Freedom Tower has no style or spirit. It is
just a plain functional and mechanical engineering design that would have
been a proper design if it had been brought out during the 1970's. It
new style, and it won't be new forever.
The SOM firm, however, may be one of the few firms that has the technical
resources and designers that can be restructured into a capable project
It looks as though the square top of the tower is in perspective, and due
to the diagonal lines on the sides of the building the top part of the
seems to be warped or out of square and the roof not level. That seems to
be a little scary.
The illuminated light fixture wad or thing that is stuck on the top of
is weird. What is that supposed to represent? We are speaking of symbolic
representations of reality, which is what Surrealism is, are we not?
The architects of America do need to speak out more regarding the
The OP of the WTC should scratch the designs, and the project should be
restarted with a clean slate. A new design for the entire site should be
planned, and a design with real spirit and panache created.
Other appropriate words:
cheesy, inane, ugly, ungainly, ungraceful, unartistic, unattractive,
patently designed by a hypercommercialized committee (committee being "80
stomachs, 160 feet, and half a brain"), depressing, blunt..or in short,
It looks like a suppository - so IMO it's more symbolic of what the gov.t,
and nation, needs the most...
Just goes to show the power of unthinking subjectivism.
Then you *do* understand how he can say it. Unfortunately, advanced
education is, like basic ed, more indicative of the ability to regurgitate
the information that the "authorities" ("teachers" and "professors") want
one to regurgitate, and has little to do with actual intelligence (most
basically, the ability to think creatively and find novel solutions to
problems) or even common sense.
Shame on a hell of a lot of people.
Taste by committee - BLEH.
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