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A 408-foot spire was hoisted onto One World Trade Center.
(Reema Khrais for WNYC)
Architect Daniel Libeskind, talks about the spire of One World Trade Center reaching the symbolic height of 1776 feet, one part of his Master Plan for the site.
Is Libeskind still claiming One World Trade Center as his design? Did he miss the memo about being fired from that job six or seven years ago? Did he notice that NO ONE in his office was working on this tower (or any other tower at Ground Zero)? Did he notice that David Childs' tower is totally different from Libeskind's own canned proposal?
Wow a lot of very jealous architects out there. I guess it makes sense since Libeskind is building towers all over the world while these mediocrities are making little boxes. Professional envy is pathetic.
I find it incredibly arrogant that Daniel Libeskind, the man who was fired from the project, is still claiming the tower as his. Sure, the entirely dumb and tacky 1776 feet symbol was his notion, but a ludicrously cheesy one to begin with. It's a bit like a kid saying "I'd like there to be World peace" and then claiming the people who get the Nobel Peace Prize usurped his idea.
Libeskind is a lousy, self-promoting has-been who's still sulking about being fired from the Ground Zero project. He's a known whiner always trying to hog the limelight and misrepresent his role in this project. But the simple fact is that he is not involved and hasn't received any building commissions in New York precisely because of his obnoxious and phony, not to mention arrogant, personality. - So, can we forget about Libeskind and his sour grapes whining? Talk to David Childs or anyone actually designing buildings for Ground Zero instead.
Right on! 1776 is all about jingosim and barf-inducing revisionism. The founding fathers of 1776 were turnning in their graves over how the Bush Adminstration ran things before and after nine-one-one. Mind-erasing propaganda continues and nobody seems to care. They "hate our freedom"? The strikes were inspired by the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia and American support of Israel. Nothing in there about hating "freedom". Bush and Cheney would only testify about their roles in the strikes if they testified together (!) and not under oath. Things smelled really fishy then and now about the whole thing, US policies have changed for the worse and Daniel Libeskind is sadly deluded if he thinks a blue glass "Freedom Tower" erases all that and makes people feel warm and fuzzy about patriotism and democracy. What a joke!
Mr. Libeskind's Berlin-based firm, Studio Daniel Libeskind, has not produced an abstract geometric composition. It is an emotionally manipulative exercise in visual codes. A concrete pit is equated with the Constitution. A skyscraper tops off at 1,776 feet. As at Abu Simbel, the Egyptian temple, the play of sunlight is used to give a cosmic slant to worldly history. A promenade of heroes confers quasi-military status on uniformed personnel.
Even in peacetime that design would appear demagogic. As this nation prepares to send troops into battle, the design's message seems even more loaded. Unintentionally, the plan embodies the Orwellian condition America's detractors accuse us of embracing: perpetual war for perpetual peace.
Balancing Reason and Emotion in Twin Towers VoidBy HERBERT MUSCHAMPPublished: February 6, 2003
as a working class chef in jersey once told me...."i'm glad bulls%#t ain't music"...
hey dan,how was the food on the Mayflower....??
I remember Libeskind strutting around when the design was origianlly revealed. He seemed so impressed with himself that he had come up with this schtick that the tower would be 1776 feet tall. Really? Is that passes for creativity and vision? Yes this is not the original design of Libeskind's. It is neither better or worse than his. It is pretty banal. And all this gushing about sticking the needle of top seems much ado about nothing. I am not impressed. Yep it's tall. that's about it.
Daniel did not design this building, SOM did - he did win the initial masterplan competition but was not involved in the actual building
Thanks, jgarbuz from Queens, for proving me right. Having a broken wing doesn't matter as long as you can hurl bat guano...
jf from land of good ideas,
Here are some good ideas.
- Secure the borders- Send illegal aliens back home - More jobs for Americans- Eliminate tenure for teachers - why should teachers be a protected class?- Require Voter ID before voting - benefits all parties- Ban First Person Shooter video "games" that normalize shooting people- Bring Jobs BACK to the USA - no more outsourcing- USA should become Energy independent - get the USA off of Middle East oil- Eliminate Tax loopholes for corporations
College is a waste of time for most people. High school should be teaching young people how to work, and that 10-20% who show the aptitude for higher education should go on to higher academic work. The rest should go to work.
Oh, one more thing... I have been disturbed by the excessive reflection of the sun off the tower. It seems dangerous to me, as it appears to me that it could blind drivers if the angle is right -- has anyone found this to be true?
Tuition is ransom for your future. Doctors are ransom for your life. Cut one useless guided missile destroyer and make college free for all.
Sigh, this chirpy guy was tiresome enough in 2001, his reemergence in this, the year of the cicada, is like a bad cosmic joke, as is rebuilding a target at "ground zero."
The freedom-tower is ok, the bunker aspect is atrocious...The other buildings are badly designed...It should have been a park...
Those who dwell only on the imperfections of this amazing country also concentrate on the imperfections of this structure. Nothing is perfect except the ideal.
I 100% echo the sentiments of the caller who said that she had a negative feeling about the building, but that she is appreciating the attitude of this architect and grateful to WNYC for having him on.
@Bob From Brooklyn: Great points. When people say "Never forget" when referring to the Sept 11 attacks (9/11 is such a tasteless catch phrase), do they bother to learn from it? Innocent people died, but this is a not an all-too perfect country, let alone society. The quicker we admit it, the better, and anyone who thinks I'm anti-American will prove me right.
this guy is such an idiot, he thinks it is the tallest building in the world. he said that. the building is disgusting. ugly. boring. looks like a glass prison. like the prison of your minds.
I live five blocks from the One World Trade Center and I like the tower, much more than the building itself. But what does office space have to do with freedom, liberty and Mom's apple pie?
I am glad to hear the architect speaking about this project and what his intentions were. I have been disturbed by what I have perceived to be a reactive and immature desire to "show them" by building another huge tower, rather than seeing the destruction of the Twin Towers (traumatic as it was) as an opportunity to look at what our genuine needs are for that neighborhood. I absolutely couldn't care less that it's 1776 feet. That is meaningless symbolism. Did we actually NEED a building that high? Will people be safe in it? Any time we take an action down at the WTC site in order to "prove" ourselves, then the terrorists are determining our actions, and we simply demonstrate that they do indeed have the power to control us.
the memorial is truly sad for all the wrong reasons!
Right on, hilts.
Unless you can see the building from bottom to top, the spire is way out of proportion to the building.Most people don't see the whole building so the spire looks way too tall.
The Freedom Tower is a travesty and disgrace and represents the collective profiles in cowardice of Giuliani, Bloomberg, Pataki, Spitzer, and Patterson.
The only appropriate architectural response to the 9/11 attacks was to re-erect the Twin Towers exactly as they existed on Sept 10, 2001 only with better and safer building materials. It's incredibly offensive to me that our politicians were content to allow the terrorists to permanently alter our landscape and our skyline.
Correction: We don't live in a democracy.
The memorial is a tourist trap. Please charge $100 for admission and balance the budget. Thanks
I prefer to call it an antennae, not a spire. One World Trade Center isn't a church.
is this building still called the freedom tower?
did the chinese really demand the name change?
The obsession with the height of the tower, and all the brouhaha about the symbolism, is a perfect metaphor for the hollowness of our "recovery" post-9/11.
So in a way this ends up, despite the creators, being the most telling and appropriate "monument".
1776 feet = Barf
Like Carlin said, Symbolism is for the simple-minded.
Does the guest have any thoughts on the Hudson Railyards development designs that were recently unveiled? I thought most of the buildings were fairly unoffensive (if not particularly inspiring) except for Tower D, which looks like a regular skyscraper that origamis half-way up into four cylinders like oversized glass smokestacks. (I'm not a fan.)
"The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;" (Isaiah 61:1)
Pretty much everything is regulated, spied on, prosecuted, walled off, secured, invaded, etc. etc. The latest intrusion are bag checks in city parks before using port-a-potties in the name of Security.
Boob from Brooklyn,
Which Freedoms have we lost?
We traded freedoms for a Freedom Tower.
Awesome, great job!
J-I-N-G-O, J-I-N-G-O, J-I-N-G-O and Jingo was his name, oh!
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