Friday, September 11th, 2009
Yamasaki and Trade Center Towers
This is a very appropriate post for today. It discusses the architect for the World Trade Center Towers, Minoru Yamasaki. You should check it out – it’s quite interesting. I didn’t realize that another architectural project by Yamasaki was destroyed in 1972 (just two years after the World Trade Center towers were completed). Poor Yamasaki. I hope that none of his other work is destroyed in such a tragic fashion.
What's going on with the Libeskind project? I believe he is horribly overrated. A case of the Emperor's New Clothes.
From what I can tell, Libeskind's "Freedom Tower" is undergoing construction as scheduled; I think it's supposed to be completed in 2011. I'm not sure if the project is still undergoing setbacks.
I'm not sure how I feel about Libeskind's work. It's alright, I guess. I am glad that the building plan has morphed into a different design from Libeskind's original proposal. The first few designs looked too RoboCop/Wolverine/Transformers-esque to me.
Interesting post that you linked to. It was a cool history lesson for sure.
I'm kind of with "Clever Pup" — I think that the towers (and Libeskind's other buildings) were nice, but they pretty much look like a million other high-rise buildings I've seen. Cool, impressive, but nothing that blows my mind. Then again, I never saw the towers in person before 9/11 so I don't really accurately know what I'm missing.
Thank you for linking to my post, and for the kind words as well… and I must say that I agree with everyone on Libeskind. Almost like rubbing salt on the wounds, y'know?