Wednesday, February 5

Well, I don't totally agree with John's take (below) on the WTC finalists...I don't really like Libeskind's design; it lacks clarity. But I do like Raphael Vinoli's. I love Norman Foster's proposal--it's my favorite. I think it's elegant, respectful and full of the human spirit without being defiant. All of the proposals, however, are missing something quite important--just a dash more practicality. At least that's what Larry Silverstein thinks.

My take on it is this: Thirty years down the road, I'd like to visit a structure full of life and economically vital--not just a mostly-empty monument, regardless of its architectural and cultural merit. The original towers were working towers; the new structure should also be a noble laborer.