September 7, 2010

Rebuilding the World Trade Center in NYC

ART HISTORY - As architecture goes the new World Trade Center in New York City is going to be one of the most iconic and controversial buildings of the 21st century.

As the 9th anniversary of September 11th approaches the pace of construction on the site is rapidly changing the shape of the site now known as Ground Zero. Approx. 2,000 construction workers are busy like bees there, every day, 7 days a week. They're pouring concrete, arranging new beams and columns, pipes and electrical lines.

You can even watch their progress on a webcam at

If we ignore the controversy about how the building was brought down, whether it was really terrorists or a conspiracy by George W. Bush and the Bush Administration and even the allegations that the building was brought down using explosives in a controlled implosion because jet fuel doesn't burn hot enough to weaken girders... well then what you're left with is a memorial site dedicated to the 2,977 who died on September 11th.

The memorial is planned to be finished by September 2011, just in time for the 10th anniversary of September 11th.

But apparently that is not good enough. Americans also want their tall building(s) back and so they've made plans to build a new glass and steel structure designed by American architect David Childs.

The new building will be 1,776 feet (541.32 meters) tall, have 105 floors, 2.6 million square feet (241,000 square meters) of floor space, an observation deck, restaurant, parking, and broadcast and antenna facilities and is due to be completed by April 2013.

The old World Trade Center buildings had to be torn down anyway due to faulty construction and asbestos lawsuits. Larry Silverstein, the owner of the lease on the WTC buildings really lucked out when it all came crashing down in a stellar example of a controlled implosion. Whether you believe that or not is up to you.

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