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    Libeskind is likely to be chosen for the new WTC plan. Though, these plans are only an outline of what will eventually be built, what do you think should be changed *about the memorial/building in his plan? What would make you more content with it?

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    My Suggestions, even though I hate his plan, I could live with it if:

    1. He makes the "Gardens of the World" tower into an office tower. He should also give it some more bulk to fit in better with the surrounding buildings.

    2. *A shallower pit. I don't want the memorial to be at bedrock, because it's excessive and morbid, however the benefit of having something slightly below ground is that the memorial won't come into conflict with whatever gets built at street level. A street level memorial would make it hard to maximize commercial space for fear of being disrespectful. They should also make the pit less of a barrier when crossing West St.

    3. Design the office towers to compliment the tallest tower. They should lead people's eyes upward, and remind people of monunmental scale.

    4. Make the restored streets pedestrian-only. We don't need the WTC site turned into a collection of average city blocks. Streets with vehicular traffic would isolate the WTC from itsself, and pose a security risk, since you could sneek a truck bomb through the site.

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    Just looking at your sig, TomAuch, would you like Libeskind's towers to be more like the old Twin Towers? As in, Do you want Libeskind to make 2 huge towers that are Twins? This is an idea im very hooked on.

    I dont like his random assortment of buildings. I'd like to see twin towers rise out of that site. What do you want?

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    Quote: from NyC MaNiAc on 10:51 pm on Feb. 21, 2003
    Just looking at your sig, TomAuch, would you like Libeskind's towers to be more like the old Twin Towers? As in, Do you want Libeskind to make 2 huge towers that are Twins? This is an idea im very hooked on.

    I dont like his random assortment of buildings. I'd like to see twin towers rise out of that site. What do you want?

    Well I consider myself to be more of a moderate Pro-Rebuilder, meaning I could live with just one tall tower on the site. Rebuilders base themselves on the fact that we want tower(s) as tall or taller than what was there before, but not necessarily the same thing. *BTW, I don't like the fact that he put the tower on the NW corner of the site. If you look at it directly from the Hudson, his tower doesn't fit in well with the WFC.

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    Just wondering, but could rebuild Twin Tower's be incorperated into Libeskind's plan? I think I'd be happy with that "Gardens of the World", complimented with rebuilt towers, or at least something worthy of them.

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    Incorporating the twin towers in Libeskind's plan would mean increasing the height and square footage of the office buildings. I'm OK with that.
    Silverstein will probably think this is just mad.

    (Edited by Fabb at 2:57 am on Feb. 22, 2003)

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    Ideally, he should include into his plan rebuilt Twin Towers of at least 110 office floors each. If possible, they should retake the world's tallest title for New York City, the greatest city in the world.

    Even if 110 office floors were not possible, why has he to build the world's tallest lean-to?

    He should just take two of Mr. Silverstein's 50-odd floor office buildings, make them, say, 60 office floors, put 20 floors of hotel rooms on top of each, 25 floors' worth of greenhouse on top of that, and top them out with some restaurant and observatory floors.

    Lo and behold - new 110 story Twin Towers. He can put 1,776 ft spires or communications towers atop of them. Thus, everybody will be content, including Mr. Silverstein.


    (Edited by Alex at 8:59 am on Feb. 22, 2003)

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    New Yorkers want their Twin Tower skyline back. *In July, the most popular plan of the six (albeit all were awful) was the one which had two identical "skyline elements" as the LMDC is fond of calling them. *60% of the public preferred that one even though the elements were shorter than some of the skyline elements in the other 5 plans. *Of the nine recent plans, 19.8% of the public preferred Foster, the only one with Twin skyscrapers, making it the public's first choice. *What Libeskind needs is to remake the buildings adjacent to the death pit as follows:
    1. *Two skyscrapers no less than 110 stories each.
    2. They should be equal in cross sectional area and height to each other. *I prefer to see 2 towers 111 stories tall each much more than seeing one tower that is the tallest in the world
    3. They should be fully occupiable to the top....we dont want 50 story buildings with 60 story space needles. *It doesn't matter what he puts at the top. *He can even put his greenhouse on the 110th floor, and fill the 80-110th floors with art studios.

    The above is as close to a "restorationist manifesto" that summarizes what should be rebuilt. *If you had that shown on any site plan, I guarantee you the support would great for that plan.

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    agreed. I want to see Towers rise from the ashes---nothing else would work for me.

    Edit: Oh, and put a nice spire on one of em'

    (Edited by NyC MaNiAc at 11:28 pm on Feb. 22, 2003)

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    Thanks for that "picture" JMgarcia! Increasing the heights makes it look nice...

    I just guess I'm "hooked" on the thought of having two towers on that site.

    Oh, and does the buildings colors actually reflect what Libeskind wants to be built there?I'm just saying 2 huge purple towers dosn't sound that nice...But if they were to make tham identical, a weeee bit taller and add a spire to one of em' I could deal with it.

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    I still think Libeskind's design is too aggressive.
    I might end up hating these angular towers.
    Of course, more vertical lines and an upward movement could soften their image.

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    Don't you think Libeskind merely depicted buildings of varying heights, shapes, and colors to suggest what could be there? Those aren't actual architectural models, they are conceptual at best. That's why no one should get married to every detail they see. It will be a few years before we start seeing the real architectural plans for these buildings, and they may not look anything like what we've seen thus far.

    One reason I appreciate his plan is because he showed his conceptual buildings not as mere boxes but unique and modern towers. They share similar characteristics yet are not identical. He suggests that perhaps the tops all slightly slant respectfully toward the memorial, which I think would be kind of cool instead of aggressive. (If those look ominous, then the ESB looks lethal!)

    Of course, I would prefer if these buildings were taller since they seem to have little impact on the skyline let alone restore it. Especially that skinny Garden Tower - it just doesn't cut it.


    (Edited by NYatKNIGHT at 12:06 pm on Feb. 24, 2003)

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    Apart from a much greater impact on the skyline, I'd like him to get rid of the pompous heroic and patriotic rhetoric. Of course he should improve his scheme to produce something at least as good as the following...

    Victoria and Albert Museum, London:



    Denver Art Museum:



    ROM, Toronto:





    But that requires control and I doubt he'll obtain it. The worst would be that corporate firms design the towers and, in an effort to be "artistic" and conform to his vision, create mediocre versions of his original designs. The final result would be a travesty.

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    Wow, those museums and other buildings by Libeskind share a similar "crazy" image that I have incorporated with the *O' Gehry...

    Also, those buildings do look suprisingly alot like the memorial he is proposing for the WTC

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