Posted by Andrzej Gliwinski on October 02, 2002 at 01:08:00:
In Reply to: Re: WTC shortlist posted by Richard Haut on October 01, 2002 at 12:28:22:
Your feeling is rather wrong, but not one can eliminate such possibility. First six options fulfill yet a condition of American patriots (and of American architecture) - all they are American, and the team is from New York! In this set - only SOM, and partly Smith-Miller.
Six next will be - let's say- more cosmopolitan, it can more universal ( let's hope!), but only one source of their inspiration (whether rather information) will be in satellite televisions, newspapers and radio broadcasting stations. This does not eliminate only masterpieces, but yet the best martyrologic literature was created by those which were martyrs themselves, somewhat at least- as Solzhenitsyn, Herling-Grudzinski, or even Tadeusz Borowski and Zofia Nałkowska. As direct witnesses they understood a specific "genius loci" (and of time and event) very well!
International state competitions are perhaps very special kind of competition. It organizes itself them of prestige and propagandist regards in order to give publicity to a matter - and for the whole world to know about a given investment, but their results are fully national, because of honour, perhaps also regards of safety ( statesecrets?) do not permit to admit prizes, especially the main - foreign team. One can so say that they are completely "pro forma"!
In this instance safety considerations are maybe out of importance, but the honour is the same, if not the greater, because of its violation on September 11, 2001.
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