Fortress: Manhattan

Today, the revised WTC “design” was announced, and this latest masterpiece from David Childs is just a slightly reworked version of the design he cribbed from a Yale student. The new additions? a 200 ft windowless, “impregnable” concrete and steel pedestal and a centered spire bringing the height to 1776 feet – the only remnant of Daniel Libeskind’s design.

The changes to the building were encouraged by the NYC police and fire departments, who insisted the building be more resistant to bombs, thereby inspiring an exciting new movement in urban construction – An Architecture of Paranoia – and creating what is either an incredibly beautiful bunker, or an incredibly ugly building.

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George Orwell’s 1984:

“The Ministry of Truth — Minitrue, in Newspeak — was startlingly different from any other object in sight. It was an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, 300 metres into the air. From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:


The Ministry of Truth contained, it was said, three thousand rooms above ground level, and corresponding ramifications below. Scattered about London there were just three other buildings of similar appearance and size. So completely did they dwarf the surrounding architecture that from the roof of Victory Mansions you could see all four of them simultaneously. They were the homes of the four Ministries between which the entire apparatus of government was divided. The Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts. The Ministry of Peace, which concerned itself with war. The Ministry of Love, which maintained law and order. And the Ministry of Plenty, which was responsible for economic affairs. Their names, in Newspeak: Minitrue, Minipax, Miniluv, and Miniplenty.”

The name of this new tower: Freedom Tower. The shape: elongated pyramid.

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