Master Planner Daniel Libeskind

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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.


Daniel Libeskind

Comments [38]

WolfHound111 from New York

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?

May. 21 2013 10:21 AM

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.

May. 16 2013 05:38 AM
Allan B from New York

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.

May. 15 2013 06:12 PM
Benoit Balz from Brooklyn

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!

May. 15 2013 07:37 AM
Keira from Manhattan

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 Void
Published: February 6, 2003


May. 14 2013 07:40 PM
clive betters

as a working class chef in jersey once told me...."i'm glad bulls%#t ain't music"...

May. 14 2013 04:28 PM
clive betters

hey dan,how was the food on the Mayflower....??

May. 14 2013 02:37 PM
art525 from Park SLope

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.

May. 14 2013 11:36 AM

Daniel did not design this building, SOM did - he did win the initial masterplan competition but was not involved in the actual building

May. 14 2013 11:20 AM
Roy from Queens

Thanks, jgarbuz from Queens, for proving me right. Having a broken wing doesn't matter as long as you can hurl bat guano...

May. 14 2013 11:12 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

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

May. 14 2013 11:08 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

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.

May. 14 2013 11:02 AM

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?

May. 14 2013 10:56 AM
jf from land of good ideas

Tuition is ransom for your future. Doctors are ransom for your life. Cut one useless guided missile destroyer and make college free for all.

May. 14 2013 10:55 AM

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."

May. 14 2013 10:51 AM

The freedom-tower is ok, the bunker aspect is atrocious...The other buildings are badly designed...It should have been a park...

May. 14 2013 10:49 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

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.

May. 14 2013 10:48 AM
Kate from Washington Heights

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.

May. 14 2013 10:47 AM
Roy from Queens

@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.

May. 14 2013 10:47 AM
jf from the future

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.

May. 14 2013 10:45 AM
Mike from Triebca

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?

May. 14 2013 10:43 AM
Kate from Washington Heights

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.

May. 14 2013 10:43 AM
nina from nyc

the memorial is truly sad for all the wrong reasons!

May. 14 2013 10:42 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Right on, hilts.

May. 14 2013 10:42 AM
Cynzanne from Brooklyn

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.

May. 14 2013 10:42 AM

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.

May. 14 2013 10:41 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Correction: We don't live in a democracy.

May. 14 2013 10:41 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

The memorial is a tourist trap. Please charge $100 for admission and balance the budget. Thanks

May. 14 2013 10:39 AM
Tony from Canarsie

I prefer to call it an antennae, not a spire. One World Trade Center isn't a church.

May. 14 2013 10:38 AM

is this building still called the freedom tower?

did the chinese really demand the name change?

May. 14 2013 10:35 AM
Fishmael from NYC

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".

May. 14 2013 10:34 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

1776 feet = Barf

Like Carlin said, Symbolism is for the simple-minded.

May. 14 2013 10:34 AM

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.)

May. 14 2013 10:32 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

"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)

May. 14 2013 10:32 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

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.

May. 14 2013 10:31 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Boob from Brooklyn,

Which Freedoms have we lost?

May. 14 2013 10:30 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

We traded freedoms for a Freedom Tower.

Awesome, great job!

May. 14 2013 09:33 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

J-I-N-G-O, J-I-N-G-O, J-I-N-G-O and Jingo was his name, oh!

May. 14 2013 09:26 AM

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