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  3. Kimmelman Reviews the One WTC: An Emblem of New York’s “Upside-Down Priorities”

Kimmelman Reviews the One WTC: An Emblem of New York’s “Upside-Down Priorities”

Kimmelman Reviews the One WTC: An Emblem of New York’s “Upside-Down Priorities”
Kimmelman Reviews the One WTC: An Emblem of New York’s “Upside-Down Priorities” , One WTC. Image © James Ewing OTTO
One WTC. Image © James Ewing OTTO

Nearly a month since the official (and somewhat mundane) opening of New York’s One World Trade Center, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman has published a scathing review of the SOM-designed tower, claiming it to be a “flawed” emblem of the city’s “upside-down priorities.”

"Replacing the twin towers with another giant office building was somehow supposed to show New York’s indomitable spirit: the defiant city transfigured from the ashes. To the contrary, 1 World Trade implies (wrongly) a metropolis bereft of fresh ideas. It looks as if it could be anywhere, which New York isn’t.” You can read Kimmelman’s complete review, here.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Kimmelman Reviews the One WTC: An Emblem of New York’s “Upside-Down Priorities” " 01 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/573773/kimmelman-reviews-the-one-wtc-an-emblem-of-new-york-s-upside-down-priorities/> ISSN 0719-8884
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