It’s summer again, and you know what that means; iced tea on the balcony, broken air conditioners, post-collegiate backpacking, and of course, a new design for the Freedom Tower. Yes, it was EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO when blogger whipping-boy and modern-day Peter Keating, David Childs, unveiled his post-cribbing revision of America’s Sisyphean rock, the Freedom Tower. And what’s happened in the past year? Well…nothing really. Just, you know…politics and stuff. Oh yeah, and there’s now another giant hole in the America – New Orleans. Nothing really happening there either, come to think of it.
Anyway, back to the Tower. Not much has changed really. In fact, the The Gutter doesn’t think this should even be called a redesign, and I have to agree with them. The most notable changes include the addition of a sky lobby and the replacement of the metal cladding surrounding the 187 foot high bomb-resistant concrete base with laminated glass prism structures. The sparse entry plaza is solemnly fortified / decorated by what I’m sure are bomb-resistant steps, bomb-resistant tress, and what looks like um, lots of gravestones.
I never thought we’d be designing our buildings to fend off explosions and our cities to survive biblical disaster.