Posted by Nadine on January 15, 2004 at 13:13:52:
In Reply to: Re: The whole WTC project is so dissapointing. posted by Per Corell on January 15, 2004 at 04:24:13:
One of the age old problems that has frustrated architects is a lack of freedom in what they can imaginately design. There are so many restrictions and a lot of interference by the hierarchy. In England back in the 18th century, most interference came from the Church. An architect could be shot if he dared to replicate any of the beautiful classical lines of Ancient Rome that had gone down with it after the uprising of Christianity. That's how Gothic appeared on the scene. It was the architects attempt at pacifying a nervous Church if they were seen to be reflecting too much of the Italian order. That's how come England ended up with so many sombre buildings, statues, wood panelling and quite dark design in terms of architecture. History been has woven all the way through it all under the strict control of the Church which frequently squashed the architects artistic ability and vision.
Even by today's standards, architects still feel trapped under the thumb.
I would imagine there is such emotion in trying to do justice to rebuilding the WTC that it's very hard to be practical or come up with a design that suits the mood and purpose. Maybe not enough time has passed yet. I know the arguments over a memorial for Princess Diana were rife and in the end, both her memorial and the building dedicated to her were simply raw emblems of a life in tatters. I don't know how you celebrate or erect a memory towards something that happened so tragically without it becoming a life time scar on the landscape. Not easy. I can imagine the frustration.
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