Jean Nouvel Tower Cut Down To Size

Nicolai Ouroussoff, The New York Times' architecture critic, argues that philistine planning decisions such as the one that restricted the height of Jean Nouvel's proposed tower last month, "risk transforming a living city into an urban mausoleum."

The building would have been as tall as the Empire State Building, minus its antenna, "a fact that probably made planners tremble." Amanda Burden, the city planning commissioner, said the tower's top, did not live up to the aesthetic standards of a building that would compete with the Manhattan's most famous towers.

Ouroussoff counters that "the desire of each new generation of architects and builders to leave its mark on the city, to contribute its own forms, is essential to making New York what it is." The soaring height and slender way in which Nouvel's tower achieves it captured the spirit of midtown Manhattan and 'brought that spirit forcefully into the present."

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