In school, we’d hear stories of things like this happening, but never at this scale. Apparently, Freedom Tower Architect David Childs cribbed his design from Yale University Architecture student Thomas Shine. From NYNewsday.com: “The lawsuit alleged that the Freedom Tower was “strikingly similar” to Shine’s designs for a Manhattan building for the proposed 2012 Olympic Games in New York.
It said Childs saw the designs when he served in December 1999 on a panel of jurists invited by the Yale School of Architecture to evaluate the students’ work.”
ooh…you’re so busted Childs. If you’re going to steal, couldn’t you have stolen a GOOD idea?
kind of and update: i was just talking to someone at work about this, and he wasn’t surprised at all. I didn’t realize this, but apparently SOM (nyc), and Childs, in particular have a reputation for
stealing picking up projects from firms that actually earn the commission. *cough* Columbus Circle *cough* so why not steal ideas too?
i’m starting to get jaded by the realities of post-graduate life.
update #2: Archinect does a side by side comparison. Check it out!