Sunday, June 11, 2006

Freedom Tower = objet superflu ?

Freedom Tower - or French Tower ?
Editorial du Financial Times du 09.06.06.
By Christopher Grimes

There have been many radically different design proposals for the Freedom Tower, the awkwardly named skyscraper that (we are told) will begin rising soon from the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. But through all the design changes, there have been two constants: its height, set by architect Daniel Libeskind at a cloyingly symbolic 1,776 feet, and the demand that it satisfy the vague requirement of being “iconic”.

The command to design a ready-made icon is challenging enough for an architect. It becomes doubly vexing when politicians, victims’ families, a powerful developer and even the police department have a seat at the drawing table. David Childs, the principal architect of the building, has dutifully worked to incorporate every new demand that these myriad parties have dreamed up.

Now, after years of bickering and embarrassing delays, blasting is set to begin next week on the bedrock at the core of the Freedom Tower. Yet even as the work begins, the Freedom Tower seems to have lost the “iconic” tag and picked up some more disturbing descriptions.

Symbolic and economically troubled” was how The New York Times put it recently. Eliot Spitzer, the Democrat who could control the rebuilding of the World Trade Center if his run for governor is successful this autumn, recently fretted that it could become “a white elephant
(NDLR "un objet superflu"). He was referring, of course, to the understandable reluctance commercial tenants feel about moving into a potential terrorist target. George Pataki, New York’s outgoing governor, says he will persuade government agencies to move in instead. But many are questioning whether moving, say, the FBI into the building would be such a wise move.
Many people involved in the rebuilding project will tell you they are confident that the Freedom Tower will be built, then whisper a list of reasons why it does not make sense.

So why go through with it? There is still time to change course and I have a proposal: New York needs an answer to the Eiffel Tower. It could satisfy the understandable desire to have a tall structure on the site, without carrying the financial and security risks. As far as I know, this is not an idea under discussion, though the concept was floated by Paul Goldberger in The New Yorker in 2002.


Detractors will say no one will build a big structure on the site that does not make money. But Ground Zero is expected to be the most visited memorial in the world. An observation deck would generate some revenue and it is not difficult to imagine a restaurant or two faring well in this food-obsessed city. After all, Windows on the World – which offered commanding views from its perch on the North Tower – was one of the top grossing restaurants in the US before it was destroyed on September 11.
An observation tower for New York: tall, iconic – and no white elephant.

Via FT.com

3 Comments:

Anonymous vadsaria said...

Dear MARIE,

You are alright, "New York needs an answer to the Eiffel Tower". But a New York Eiffel Tower needs a very Great Reason and "Soul" to be rised.

I from here Europe, I think that the project of New Freedom Tower (by SOM) does not respect the three levels essential to the replacement of Twins:
1. The spirit of the American Patriotism which emerged since September 11.
2. That this spirit is not the monopoly of one party but the business of All American
3. Then, O my God, the hyper human spirit that this monument must express.

I think that if these three conditions are not met, then one can understand that the Families of Victims do not feel open to such a project. As long as these three conditions will not have been met, the project will not achieve the unanimity.

But let me present you the solution which meets these three conditions. And I would like to be able to submit it to the Families of Victims. I think that they will be conquest by my project. Because:
1. It gives a total outline of AMERICAN PATRIOTISM
2. It makes it possible to reconcile American between them, American with the whole world, a new start in his relation with the worldwide
3. It especially makes it possible to give a new positive and human image of America to the whole world.

If I can come into contact with the authorities concerned, victim’s families (to have their emails), then I will send my proposal to them. Because for a good idea, it is never too late.

New York Eiffel Tower, yes, but with American Patriotism spirit. Only this kind on design will be agreed by anyone. A design highly symbolic than any "terrorist" can touch Him.

Very cordially,

Vafi Vadsaria, a French contribution for an American patriotism

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear MARIE,

You are alright, "New York needs an answer to the Eiffel Tower". But a New York Eiffel Tower needs a very Great Reason and "Soul" to be rised.

I from here Europe, I think that the project of New Freedom Tower (by SOM) does not respect the three levels essential to the replacement of Twins:
1. The spirit of the American Patriotism which emerged since September 11.
2. That this spirit is not the monopoly of one party but the business of All American
3. Then, O my God, the hyper human spirit that this monument must express.

I think that if these three conditions are not met, then one can understand that the Families of Victims do not feel open to such a project. As long as these three conditions will not have been met, the project will not achieve the unanimity.

But let me present you the solution which meets these three conditions. And I would like to be able to submit it to the Families of Victims. I think that they will be conquest by my project. Because:
1. It gives a total outline of AMERICAN PATRIOTISM
2. It makes it possible to reconcile American between them, American with the whole world, a new start in his relation with the worldwide
3. It especially makes it possible to give a new positive and human image of America to the whole world.

If I can come into contact with the authorities concerned, victim’s families (to have their emails), then I will send my proposal to them. Because for a good idea, it is never too late.

New York Eiffel Tower, yes, but with American Patriotism spirit. Only this kind on design will be agreed by anyone. A design highly symbolic than any "terrosist" can touch Him.

Very cordially,

Vafi Vadsaria, a French contribution for an American patriotism

6:23 AM  
Anonymous vadsaria said...

Vafi Vadsaria, a French contribution for an American patriotism

Mailto : vafi.vadsaria@free.fr

7:05 AM  

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