MaxPowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1583 times:
NEW / KNEW), USA - Louisiana">NEW YORK, Feb. 26 — A complex of angular buildings and a 1,776-foot spire designed by architect Daniel Libeskind was chosen as the plan for the World Trade Center site on Wednesday. Libeskind’s design beat the THINK team’s “World Cultural Center” plan, which envisioned two 1,665-foot latticework towers straddling the footprints of the original towers.
The new building is planned to be taller than the trade center towers, which briefly stood as the world’s tallest at 1,350 feet.
THE NEW / KNEW), USA - Louisiana">NEW BUILDING is planned to be taller than the trade center towers, which briefly stood as the world’s tallest at 1,350 feet. Libeskind’s tower also would surpass Malaysia’s 1,483-foot Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest buildings in the world.
The choice was made by a committee with representatives of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the governor and the mayor. The committee met briefly on Wednesday afternoon and decided on the plan that was favored by Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to a source close to the process.
JUICE: News was a surprise
LMDC Chairman John Whitehead telephoned Libeskind with the news, the source said, telling the architect that his “vision has brought hope and inspiration to a city still recovering from a terrible tragedy.”
Libeskind told the chairman that being selected is “a life-changing experience,” the source said.
NINE PROPOSALS TO ONE
Nine proposals for redeveloping the trade center site, where nearly 2,800 people died Sept. 11, 2001, were unveiled Dec. 18. The design competition was launched after an initial set of plans, released in July, was derided as boring and overstuffed with office space.
Redevelopment officials were scheduled to announce the decision publicly Thursday.
After the two plans were chosen as finalists earlier this month, both teams of architects were asked to revise their designs to make them more easily realized.
Libeskind, whose original design called for a memorial at the trade center foundation 70-feet below ground, reportedly changed that to 30 feet, allowing for infrastructure and transportation underneath.
The LMDC was created by Pataki and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani after Sept. 11 to oversee the rebuilding of the trade center site and downtown Manhattan. The Port Authority owns the site.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1511 times:
the final design passes my taste test. It really is the best one out of all of the big ones forwarded...and i guess many of the families were hoping for this design because it really treats the 'bathtub' pit with reverence.
Its important to remember this is really just a starting point, a prototype. The final product may look very noticable different.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29514 posts, RR: 59 Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1482 times:
Nuts, one of the requirements for the design was to replace the television and radio transmitters that where on top of the WTC towers. They need the height to get their signal out.
There was a proposal initially to relocate them to the old Coast Guard base in the harbor (governors Island???) but it was nixed because the Federal Communications commission stated that the antennas had to be within three miles of the original transmitter site to prevent interference to other broadcasters.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
Minority opinion: I think it looks fantastic.
The original towers were notable only because the two existed side-by-side...the buildings themselves were quite ugly...certainly not landmark architecture by todays standards.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1361 times:
Those "two sticks", as you so eloquently call them stood for everything America was all about:
So by saying you didn't like them....what you are really saying is that you don't like the USA either.
There are no words that I can use to convey my dismay and disdain at this project.
Hate is not a word I use lightly.
But the fact that they went with this decision is something that I hate. I abhor it. I spit, shit, fart, and flip the bird on the "final" design.
If that's the way they want to do it, then I hope that they NEVER do complete it. I would rather see that whole 16 areas sitting as the World Trade Pit collecting weeds and dust-and the whole economy of Lower Manhattan go right down the Hudson than see anything other than the original Twins rebuilt.
Poor ol' Minouro must be spinning in his grave.
But who gives a shit? He's dead. And he had his time in the spotlight. Let's give a "new generation" architect some glory, right?
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1351 times:
they WERE pretty boring, you've got to admit!
Only if you're thin skinned and soft bellied, and as I already said, opposed to the US.
Their sheer magnitude by far overcame any "bordom" in their design.
Did you ever actually see them in person?
Well I did. Many times. I stood next to them. I walked on top of the obs deck. It was an awe inspiring, almost religious experience to see what Mankind was capable of achieving. Not to mention, like I said, everything they stood for.
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2679 posts, RR: 17 Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1328 times:
I miss the twin towers. They were simple, and that simplicity made them beautiful, in my eyes.
The Daniel Liebskind design is... ugly. That spire has NO purpose other than to hold "gardens, all the way to the top". Its pointless. Without the spire its just another block of ho-hum boring office buildings... Just like the rest of New York. The Twin Towers were functional. From 10 floors underground all the way up to 110 stories above ground. We need something that restores the skyline, and I dont think some pointless spire does the job.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37 Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1320 times:
Matt - I sure hope you were being Ironic!
To be honest, I prefer the old towers simply because they were sensible, whilst their downfall could have come straight from a movie, their entire existence couldn't have come out of a movie (like the new towers will be).
I also think that, these buildings are just another set of office blocks, the tower has no purpose except to be big, therefore it is useless and a waste of money..
The new WTC won't stand out for being incredible, or huge or whatever, they will stand out because they have that giant thing next to them....