Disagree. Imagine what it would be like to work in the Libeskind proposal day in/day out: brooding, psychologically difficult, oppressive.
Libeskind's hand is ideal for a structure with a brief like the Berlin Jewish Museum, where a certain oppression is, after all, the whole point. But as an ongoing experience? Would *you* want to?
Furthermore, HM is dead-on when he nails the Libeskind's proposal for kitsch ("1,776-foot tower"? Please.)
The difficult issue is, how to incorporate the violence of 09.11 into the new structure appropriately? Remembrance, respect for the fallen, the act of facing history squarely and honestly all demand this, in a way the THINK proposal does not (yet) address adequately. To my mind, the expert at this sort of incorporation is Lebbeus Woods - but then again, I wouldn't necessarily want to live or work in one of his, either.
What THINK gets right, utterly right, is that this needs to be about more than office space. Again, HM's take is unassailable.
February 6, 2003 10:52 PM
I have to agree, in the past tense. HM take was unassailable, in December. His take at that time:
"If you are looking for the marvelous, here's where you will find it. Daniel Libeskind's project attains a perfect balance between aggression and desire... Mr. Libeskind has fashioned a new set of crystals, brilliantly faceted skyscrapers, forms that recreate the aspiration many architects felt when plate glass was new."
I don't know what Libeskind did to HM mother since then, but things seem to have gotten personal. Its not that I'm a massive fan of Libeskind, but HM is on the warpath, if anything is excessively violent here, its his words...
William Blaze |
February 7, 2003 04:10 PM
Heh heh heh. I'll ask him.
February 9, 2003 08:30 PM