The Shape of Freedom
What's in A Building? At Ground Zero, everything
By Douglas Davis
New York Press
Take a look for yourself. The asymmetrical spiral, determinedly off center, soars over the twisted box below. Forgive me if I say that the torque-like 60-story base, which seems to spiral around itself, looks even more interesting than Daniel’s first desire. Forgive me also if I say the top 30 stories, transparent all, carry windmills that are mind-blowing. And there are still those last virgin 276 feet not yet assigned (to the best of my knowledge, as of this writing) to any artist, designer or architect. They will be crucial, not least of all to the solons who count "tallest" and "second tallest" buildings in the world, but who may not count 276 feet in which nothing happens, where no human being acts, lives, creates, loves, eats, sleeps. This tip needs at least one Adam and one Eve, if not trees.
As Libeskind has said, what we do here must "mean" something to the entire world, to the Other, everywhere. And that is precisely why we must keep struggling to keep the form asymmetrical, unbalanced, open, in order to permit freedom, innovation, professions, products and artmaking never before dreamed. The box is inappropriate because we are unboxed right now, in the sciences, the arts, in gender, in religion, in politics, in architecture. Let us nourish. Let us prepare…for the unexpected.
Volume 16, Issue 53