Message - Re: WTC Short List of Architects

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Posted by  Paul Malo on October 04, 2002 at 06:33:44:

In Reply to:  Re: WTC Short List of Architects posted by Amanda on October 04, 2002 at 01:26:28:

It depends upon what Foster proposes, of course. It may be that none of the architects' submissions is so compelling to the public that consensus will not emerge, so we will be back to square one.

Will there be another populist vote, however? That I don't know. Having been burned once, it seems unlikely that the authorities will go this route again. Probably they will merely show the projects, then maintain that since there is no great groundswell of enthusiasm for any of them, the decision will be made by the authorities (which they intend in any case, you can be sure).

I don't sense any latent hositility to Foster, if that's what you're asking--other than the hostility of any architect interested in the job to see it go to someone else. Naturally, the New York faction would prefer to keep the project home-grown. As commented in a recent post, the THINK team may have an edge here.

Foster's high-tech idiom delights some people, but is considered cold and alienating by others. Those whose vision is of a park with trees and water may regard glitzy high-tech as too commercial in character, memorializing the dominance of the global market players, rather than memorializing the ordinary people lost at the site.

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