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Response to iamthebandfanman (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 12, 2013, 09:42 PM

13. Banksy went a little far, but I agree with his basic point.

It's not an ugly building, but it's utterly uninspired and boring. It's just an ordinary office tower, and would be equally at home in any large city around the world...where it would promptly blend into the skyline along with all the other tall & plain buildings that provide "background" to the interesting ones. It's a building that, quite frankly, is more reminiscent of the boring skyline in downtown Los Angeles.

There is nothing unique or inspired about it. There's nothing about the design that evokes America, or even New York. There is no creativity or interest. It's the white shirt and tie of the skyscraper world...professional, but inelegant and forgettable.

Then again, maybe that was the intent. The original WTC towers weren't exactly attractive either, standing as tall boring boxes against the New York skyline. Perhaps WTC 1 was intended to remind us of its plain-jane forebears.

Still, it seems like a missed opportunity, when compared against some of the other new skyscrapers being built around the world today. All of these are either under construction today, recently finished, or will be breaking ground in the next year or so:

It's just so plain...

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