Posted by Richard Haut on September 27, 2002 at 20:38:27:
The WTC shorlist:
Richard Meier (with Peter Eisenman, Charles Gwathmey, and Steven Holl),
United Architects (includes Foreign Office Architects of London and others),
THINK (includes Rafael Vinoly and others)
these were chosen out of 407 applicants (from 34 different countries) and each will receive $40,000 as an honorarium.
four hundred applicants is not especially high (Glasgow Tower had far more - and was hardly equivalent to the WTC, and projects of real interest get a thousand or more applicants). $40,000 Honorarium ? Cheap. Honoraria over $100,000 are not unusual and there was one last week for a regional hospital building in France of over $500,000.
the most important competition of our time ? Evidently neither the profession nor the client thinks so.
Having said that, the shortlist is interesting so they will get there in the end and the shortlist is good enough to provide some fascinating solutions.
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