Posted by eileen on February 21, 2003 at 21:06:58:
In Reply to: Re: Thoughts on Why Many Don't Want the Status Quo Ante posted by vdg on February 20, 2003 at 20:18:52:
The architect for the WTC was the architect of choice of the Saudi royal family and designed many projects including the finance ministry and air terminal at Dharhan (as I recall). Some of these buildings are represented on Saudi currency. Yamasaki was recognized as an expert in modern architecture synthesized with Islamic influences. These buildings were actually built by the Bin Ladens.
The perceptions that your letter evoke are far afield from the intent and style of the building as I have understood it. Many have considered his work unnecessarily ornamental........... The verticality of the "fins" are an extension of tightly compressed sequence of ogi arches forming the lower facade arcade, that are rooted in Islamic styles. The towers were two minarets to capitalism with other elements that paid respect to the Ka'ba.
On Dec 28, 2001, Laurie Kerr wrote an article that appeared in Slate.com. It's an interesting read. I think personally that lots of people did not care for Yamasaki's work, however, it is not from an deep comprehension of it, but rather a lack of understanding.
Just a thought on the tallest boxes that no longer exist. Who knows why anyone would want to replace a set of targets? What is humane? That is a subjective challenge. Who will pay for it? That will ultimately drive what follows.
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