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Posted by  Paul Malo on October 06, 2002 at 06:48:47:

In Reply to:  Re: WTC: Liebeskind Debate posted by Per Corell on October 06, 2002 at 01:59:48:

I agree, Per, that this an occasion for an optimist, futurist vision--not a celbratory void that perpetuates grief. I'm not persuaded that futurism necessarily means Star Wars architecture, however. That's not MY optimistic vision for the future.

I'm more in favor of civility--which is to say, retaining the best of civilized culture, not merely as fine art, but as artful daily living. Instead of looking to Hollywood fantasies of the future, I would look to the best instances of the good life to be found. I think less of grand gestures, but more of coffee houses, pubs, and continental bistros where neighbors gather, to read the newspapers hung on racks, or to debate the state of affairs. This is the soul of civilized life. It's not in shiny, high-tech buildings--right, Richard? Right, Brutus?

New York could do worse than create an urbane environment on the WTC site, providing a model for urban life--right, Jacques? I have been criticized before for suggesting a crass shopping mall as a memorial, but we could do worse than a Milano Galleria, filled with sidwalk cafés as an all-season pedestrian boulevard.

Are any of the selected teams listening?

 
 
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