Monday, September 08, 2014

One World Trade Center: how New York tried to rebuild its soul

As for the future of culture at the World Trade Center, that may be the trickiest problem of all. Numerous cultural institutions, among them the Signature Theatre, the Drawing Centre and the now-defunct New York City Opera, had envisioned a move downtown. But during the planning process Pataki, still in presidential-wannabe mode, proclaimed: “We will not tolerate anything on that site that denigrates America, denigrates New York or freedom” – and this threat of censorship was enough to send many prospective tenants packing. A site is still designated for a cultural institution, but its location between 1WTC and the PATH terminal guarantees headaches for construction, and Frank Gehry, the project’s initial architect, was dismissed last week. Still, there will be Eataly, there will be 50 different kinds of olive oil to buy! In the city that Bloomberg made, that may be culture enough.
Vivienne Gucwa writing for the Guardian

1 comment:

Pete said...

This was kind of a venus fly trap for architects. All projects have a degree of compromise and enshrined ignorance, but this sounds particularly bad.

The winner of the Memorial Competition was *much* more thoughtful and respectful of the real tragedy that happened at the site. It's too bad Bloomberg and the developer couldn't keep their egos in check.