Message - Re: Brief editorial on the World Trade Center disaster

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Posted by  Amit Tungare on September 17, 2001 at 11:28:50:

In Reply to:  Re: Brief editorial on the World Trade Center disaster posted by Jim Smyth (Ireland) on September 16, 2001 at 17:53:52:

Certainly agree with the editorial with a few more views to add:

Architecture is an act of optimism. At its best, it seeks to exert a civilizing influence on the world. At the very least, even the crudest monuments to power are intended as testaments to a culture's durability.

No event in recent memory exposes the limits of such optimism like the catastrophic attacks in Washington and New York City. What, after all, is the point of architectural symbols in the face of such real horror? Indeed, issues such as a building's symbolic potency or aesthetic beauty seem of negligible importance here.

Yet the targeting of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and possibly the White House reveal a keen understanding on the part of the terrorists of the importance civic landmarks play in the collective conscience of a people.

The destruction of the twin towers, in particular, seems to have tapped into deeper emotions. In part, that may be because they embody an essential element of the American Dream: an unshakable faith in the future. Like the disaster site itself, that faith has been severely damaged. Both will have to be carefully reconstructed. And once that process begins, architecture will become a critical part of the healing process.

The honest thought will be a tragedy if the WTC is not re-constructed. It will be a confirmation of victory of evil over good.

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