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June 30, 2005

Freedom Tower, a.k.a. Cortlandt

Now, it's been a few years since I've read the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, but OMG! It's happening for real. Right here in New York City in
the US of A.

We're building the Freedom Tower, a ridiculously large and fancy and symbolic tower, that's so large and fancy and symbolic that it had to be redesigned to take into account that the bad guys are going to want to blow it up. "An ideal symbol for an empire enthralled with its own power."

...ground zero is not really being shaped by architects; it is being
shaped by politicians. Soon after the new security requirements were
announced, it became clear that the entire building would have to be
redesigned. That could have been seen as a last chance to repair what
had become a confused master plan, one that had little connection,
except in the minds of Mr. Libeskind and Governor Pataki, to the

But instead of designing it to be a building that the bad guys won't want to blow up, we make it even bigger and fancier and more symbolic, thus daring the bad guys to figure out a way to blow it up.

Instead, the quality of the master plan has been sacrificed to the
governor's insistence on preserving hollow symbolic gestures.

Didn't they learn anything from Ayn Rand? Form should always follow function.

Sad as it is, if terrorists don't get to it first, Howard Roark will.


  • At June 30, 2005, Anonymous mary said…

    I heard on the "news" that we are supposed to be worried about the milk supply being attacked by terrorists. I think we can expect lots more BOO! news. Thanks for the invite to the Liberal Drinkers Club, but alas it would be a long drive. I shall raise my glass to you from a distance.

  • At June 30, 2005, Anonymous Ellen said…

    It's like we're putting a building out there and saying "I dare you." As if there aren't 1,000's of others. So stupid.


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