Posted by Peter on September 22, 2002 at 00:11:48:
In Reply to: Re: New twin towers posted by Per Corell on September 20, 2002 at 12:37:43:
I don't care much for New York or other large cities. I can appreciate the concept and even the form of some skyscrapers in a symbolic or grand sense. Nevertheless I am with the camp that thinks it is time to turn away from large cities and begin to deconstruct the one we have.
The WTC was never built for such an emergency. How can we build everything for war? But any emergency, fire, earthquake, environmental, health, or security, requires some hope of egress and skyscrapers this tall give no hope. The exiting for smaller buildings is rigidly controlled and safe. Skyscrapers simply cannot be evacuated in any emergency to the degree of saftety now found in buildings under 10 stories.
So while we dream-on about our sculptural rapture, think about the poor people who have to use the deathtrap.
The city of a 1000 years ago was one thing. Cities today like New York are a mistake.
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