Freedom (Tower) isn’t Free

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!