Posted by Roger Belveal on September 11, 2002 at 20:56:57:
In Reply to: What would he do posted by d on September 11, 2002 at 20:14:31:
I'm glad to see some mention of Yamasaki. As someone who studied design in the northwest, I have had living exposure to many other things that he did. He was clearly of the modern era and true to his Japanese roots as a minimalist. However, he found subtle ways to interject bits of gothic and other unique elements we might view as post modern into those modern boxes. There are some interesting motifs embedded there that seem to get missed. It is very much Japanese style to put forth the grandiose in a way to that somehow makes a way for the quiet and simple to be appreciated all the more because of its contrast. It is these subtle aesthetics that are really the main point. And if we look with a little understanding, we will find significant material in these details to re-interpret and magnify.
I don't think we need necessarily attempt to design in his behalf. However, I think a tribute to the essence of his spirit is appropriate. I would compare this to the phenomenon in the music industry where a group of artists do their own interpretations of a given artist's music as a tribute to that artist. We need a post-modern interpretation of Yamasaki's modernist motif. This is why I propose a colonnade surrounding each tower footprint mimicking the ground floor design of the WTC towers, like his gothic-like arches, but smoother, cleaner, more graceful - if you will, sort of like the recent VW interpretation of the classic VW beetle form. This is what I mean. www.belveal.com.
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