Who Is Really Designing The WTC Site?

Did you think that Libeskind won the competition to the design the new WTC site? You were wrong.
September 11, 2003, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Daniel and Nina Libeskind thought they had figured out how to get a building built. Then they came to New York... Libeskind did not actually win the right to design the spire, however—or any other building on the site, for that matter—or even to determine precisely where it would be situated, although that was not entirely clear to most members of the public in the giddy weeks right before and after his design was selected... Silverstein claims to have the right to rebuild the Trade Center... He intended to do business the way he always had, and he wanted his own architect, David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, to design the tower... The Libeskinds are afraid of being chewed up by the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill machine... David Childs have been meeting regularly since their negotiations in July, but they have not agreed on a working design, and it is impossible to say whether the Freedom Tower will end up looking like Libeskind’s version, or Childs’s, or something entirely new."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Monday, September 15, 2003 in The New Yorker
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