Thursday, June 30, 2005

We're Scared!

Hey, check out the new "improved" Freedom Tower! It looks better, but see that 200 foot steel and concrete pedestal it's built on? Let's paint that part yellow! Nicolai Ouroussof, writing in the NYT, agrees:

The most radical design change is the creation of the base, which will house the building's lobby and some mechanical systems. Designed to withstand a major bomb blast, the base will be virtually windowless. In an effort to animate its exterior, the architects say they intend to decorate it in a grid of shimmering metal panels. A few narrow slots will be cut into the concrete to allow slivers of natural light into the lobby.

Uh oh! Prepare to hear whining Repugs as Ouroussof whips out a Nazi reference:

But if this is a potentially fascinating work of architecture, it is, sadly, fascinating in the way that Albert Speer's architectural nightmares were fascinating: as expressions of the values of a particular time and era. The Freedom Tower embodies, in its way, a world shaped by fear.

Indeed it does. As Speer's work was the outward expression of tyranny, so the Freedom Tower and its pedestal are the expression of fear and cowardice. Bin Laden won, you know.


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