The Idea of the Obelisk

 

According to Tim Abrahams, One World Trade Center, designed by David Childs, reconciles New York’s delirious art deco past with its monumental future. It proves, he argues, that architecture, unlike other art forms, can be present in our daily lives and that this building in its restatement of the principles of Manhattan, is life-affirming proof that ‘the city has primarily itself as an end’ as Aldo Rossi said.

Author
Tim Abrahams
Illustration
Stephen Mackie
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