WTC Plan Revisions revisited

Felix Salmon posted an admirable, in-depth, and probably a bit too optimistic review of the revised WTC site master plan. LMDC's offering Libeskind's whole 35Mb Powerpoint deck for download, so knock yourself out.

Then today, Felix tried to envision what the rebuilt site would look like from the ground rather than from the god-like aerial views we're accustomed to seeing (Libeskind's as susceptible to the god complex as any architect). Again, Felix seems a little optimistic. He rightly points out the difference between a master plan and an actual site plan.

But I still think Rafael Vinoly's criticism of Libeskind's proposal as "graphic design posing as architecture," holds sway. I frankly fear the quality of the WTC site visitor's experience is about as well planned as the peace in Iraq.

Meanwhile, over at TMN, Clay Risen elucidates some of the fundamental flaws and threats of the LMDC/PATH/Silverstein process. The primacy of maximum rentable square footage over city planning and architecture is not unique to New York. (As the mind-numbing sameness of Risen's--and my, I should say--Washington DC's built environment demonstrates.) But maybe it's just understood that Real Estate rules in New York; Real Estate and Pataki. It'd take more than a terrorist attack to unseat that regime.

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