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May 05, 2005

Happy, Happy: New World Trade Tower To Be Designed

The cops don't like the security problems.

I think the thing just sucks.

Okay... I pitched this a ways back, before I was a big-time blogger being called a "concentrated dose of pure Lorenzo Lamas" by Jacki on CNN's Inside Politics.

Let me pitch it again:

We rebuild the Towers. Not quite as big as they were (hold on; there's a reason for that). Say-- 70 stories or so and a bit less imposing in girth.

We build them in the opposite corners of the square they once stood in, to keep the "footprint" of the buildings undeveloped. (Why this is such a major concern, I have no f'n' idea, but a lot of people seem very, very insistent on it.)

Now, the cute part: Between the towers -- connecting them, touching at their inside corners -- we add a third tower, this one even higher than the original two, towering above the two slightly-miniaturized old towers. This tower can be square or circular or oval-shaped at its base; doesn't really matter.

The symbolism? Well, for one thing, the Towers that everyone wants back in the New York Skyline are, in fact, back.

For another-- out of the destruction rises an even higher tower. And this new higher tower unites the old towers knocked down by the terrorists.

Sort of a "together we stand higher" kind of a deal. Not subtle, of course, but then killing 2800 people in one day wasn't subtle either.

We send a message: Knock 'em down, we'll just put them back up. Bigger, better, and more filled with "cultural imperialism" goodness.

Now stop all this nonsense with these glass Dr. Seuss creations and give us back the sort of imposing, handsome, and stately architecture which everyone except avant-garde achitects prefer.

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posted by Ace at 05:30 PM

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