Planned S. Korean Towers Resemblance to Collapsing WTC is No Coincidence

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Dutch architectural firm MVRDV has issued an apology in English for a building design that clearly resembles the World Trade towers collapsing after the 9/11 attacks. “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks,” the designers insist, “nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.” They did not see the resemblance? The problem is: They have admitted precisely the contrary in Dutch…

See my new post on the Weekly Standard blog here.

(PS. In the Weekly Standard post, I note that the MVRDV towers are supposed to serve as the gateway to a new business hub designed by Daniel Libeskind and that the hub greatly resembles Libeskind’s original “master plan” for the reconstruction of the WTC. In this context, MVRDV’s obvious allusion to the 9/11 attacks makes perfect sense – for, in fact, Libeskind’s WTC design was animated by the same macabre “spirit.” For a detailed discussion, see my 2004 article in Policy Review magazine here. And for related remarks by Libeskind, see my Feb 2005 post on the old Trans-Int blog here.)

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