Message - Re: 300 Windows on the World

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Posted by  Paul Malo on September 15, 2002 at 18:08:36:

In Reply to:  300 Windows on the World posted by Andrzej Gliwinski on September 15, 2002 at 04:03:28:

There's much to resond to here, but for starters:

The "World Trade Center" was merely a name. The name might have been anything. The building had no institutional role that I know of, but was simply speculative, rental office space. Businesses didn't have to be internation to become tenants and, in fact, I daresay most of the tenants of the buildings at the time were not involved in internatial trade. New York State, for instance, had many employees working on state business in the the towers.

The Port Authority, the owner, had no direct interest in world trade or finanace (beyond a concern for the infrastructure of the New York harbor). "World Trade" probably sounded nifty. Period.

Of course that reality may have been known to the terrorists, but the very name probably seemed to have propoganda potential. We live in a media age when perception is everything.

On quite a different point, I find Yamasaki's design more akin to the aesthetic of Edward Durell Stone than that of Mies van der Rohe. Why? The towers evidenced a disjunction between external objectivity and internal reality. Would Mies have done this?

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