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Freedom Tower - symbolism, but of what?

 

*michael parekh on IT*: ON FINAL FREEDOM TOWER DESIGN IN NEW YORK.

Michael Parekh posts on an aritcle at the New York times by architectural critic Nicolai Ouroussoff.  (Login required at NY Times, but full article available at above link.)  The observations by Nicolai say the new design of the freedom tower shout our stance on living in a post 9/11 world, "We are afraid."

In response Michael quotes himself from an earlier post with this:  "It's time for us as a people, a country, and a government, to go from being scared and defensive, to being smart and proactive, about ALL our interests."  We need to live up to the name of the Freedom Tower, and start being freer of fear"

I see what Nicolai is saying and I can fully understand the trade-offs associated with an architectural metaphor of greatness/innovation or defensiveness and fear.  I guess my take would parallel Michael's above statement.  To me, "smart" and "proactive" deal with the issues needed in defense and circumvent our root instinct of fear.

The article is a great read albeit lengthy.  Check it out: *michael parekh on IT*: ON FINAL FREEDOM TOWER DESIGN IN NEW YORK

June 30, 2005 in politics | Permalink

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