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The beacon on top of One World Trade Center is flashing

It's purpose is to ward off planes. Sad reminder.

by Anonymousreply 6501/23/2014

It's the final outrage. That fucking thing is hideous.

by Anonymousreply 105/10/2013

A flashing light is an outrage? Every tall structure has one.

by Anonymousreply 205/10/2013

OMG - did you read those comments? People were practically weeping over it.

by Anonymousreply 305/10/2013

They're not calling it Freedom Tower, even unofficially are they? A story on BBC radio this morning about the topping out called it that.

by Anonymousreply 405/10/2013

r2, are you trolling me or just stupid? The building's hideous with or without the beacon.

by Anonymousreply 505/10/2013

There's always some idiot who will declare a building (or a person) ugly for no reason whatsoever. They're like people who fart on the subway. Nothing you can do about them I guess.

by Anonymousreply 605/10/2013

I wish I had the sort of life where something as innocuous as a building was reason to be outraged. But that would mean Id have to turn into some uptight drama queen. So not worth it.

by Anonymousreply 705/10/2013

I work across the street from One World Trade and it's nowhere near as stark or ugly as the old towers- which I really found to be stark and ugly.

by Anonymousreply 805/10/2013

They should call it the New World Order Tower.

by Anonymousreply 905/10/2013

Actually, R5, I don't like the building. It's a terrible failure of imagination and the triumph of profit over vision. However, the idea that a warning beacon is an outrage is foolish. So I am neither trolling you or stupid. I didn't even intend to give you any rope.

by Anonymousreply 1005/10/2013

But it's his GRAAAAAVE!!!!

by Anonymousreply 1105/10/2013

The old towers were stark and ugly, but the fact that there were two of them gave them a certain power.

by Anonymousreply 1205/10/2013

R6, do you find the building beautiful? I am not being facetious, why do you like it?

by Anonymousreply 1305/10/2013

The FAA and FCC require that any tower higher than 200 feet must be lighted. Years ago red lights blinked. Today strobes go on and off in sequence.

by Anonymousreply 1405/10/2013

r5 would you prefer this design?

by Anonymousreply 1505/10/2013

The best thing about the design is the building is so reflective that it sometimes disappears.

by Anonymousreply 1605/10/2013

Good luck filling it up. Who wants to work way up there when the next hijacked plane is coming?

by Anonymousreply 1705/10/2013

The problem with the design is that it should be gracefully tapering to the top like the Chrysler Building or even the Empire State building. This has a flat top -- an abrupt end to the top. The mast looks like an after-thought.

by Anonymousreply 1805/10/2013

You know he would r15

by Anonymousreply 1905/10/2013

it's almost full already. Conde Nast and some Chinese trade organization have signed leases. Much of the rest will be used by various government offices. A major law firm is in negotiation to take most of the rest.

by Anonymousreply 2005/10/2013

R20 - where did you hear that it was almost full?

Conde Nast I thought did not need as many floors R20, what with so many magazines fading into oblivion.

Plus government agencies historically never paid as much as private businesses, so if what you are saying is true that is very interesting.

by Anonymousreply 2105/10/2013

No, r13 I don't find the building beautiful. I'd give it a 7 out of 10. But for someone to say it's "hideous" is just stupid and annoying (and lying).

by Anonymousreply 2205/10/2013

The original WTC had mostly government offices at first. They move them out as private demand picks up.

Turns out the negotiations with the law firm fell apart. Wikipedia says it is now 55% full. Conde Nast is taking 21 floors. There are 69 floors of office space in total.

by Anonymousreply 2305/10/2013

Libeskind's original design

by Anonymousreply 2405/10/2013

R18 The problem with tapering the top of a skyscraper is you create a big space that is useless. They cant be serviced by elevators and are too narrow or small to be rented out for office space. The Chrysler Building is 77 stories, but nothing is occupied above the 71st.

by Anonymousreply 2505/10/2013

In Libeskind's design only the bottom half of the tower would actually have offices. Above would be an air garden and the spire, saluting the upraised arm of the SoL.

R25 is correct. Especially since they want a massive tourist observation space up there.

BTW--R16 shows the original Child's design and the changes they made to save money. The original base was angled out at the same rate as the tower angles in, giving some drama to the bottom. Instead, it will be a cube.

by Anonymousreply 2605/10/2013

R 20 correct. The prestigious law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney, and Kuzak is moving from Los Angeles to occupy much of the new building. Famed attorney Rosalind Shays will head the New York office.

by Anonymousreply 2705/10/2013

[quote] It's a terrible failure of imagination and the triumph of profit over vision.

Are you describing the building or the country in which it stands?

by Anonymousreply 2805/10/2013

I agree with R12 and R18. It is a huge failure of imagination and is result of greed and pettiness. How appropriate it's in the Financial District. I liked the old towers better. They were at least elegant looking.

by Anonymousreply 2905/10/2013

Leibskind leaves me cold.

by Anonymousreply 3005/10/2013

Design could have been much worse. Imagine a Frank Gehry building looking like a sheet metal scrap yard.

by Anonymousreply 3105/10/2013

We already have one of those a few blocks away.

by Anonymousreply 3205/10/2013

It should have been called AMERICA'S TOWER and it should have had something patriotic, like red, white and blue stripes. And it should have had a space for the Dead Patriots of 9/11 to be remembered, with private space for their families to come stay and spend a few days to continue their recovery. We owe it to them. What kind of Americans are these people, who just put up a building to be used like a building?

by Anonymousreply 3305/10/2013

For these haters:

The building's footprint is exactly the same as one of the old towers. You simply take one of the old towers and twist the top 90 degrees.

Each year, when the time the first plane hit the south tower, the new building will reflect the sunlight into the Memorial, the original foundations of the two towers.

The new tower is airy and jazzy. It is very American at the same time retaining some of the elements of the old towers.

They all say, ignorance generates prejudice which makes haters. This thread is another proof.

by Anonymousreply 3405/10/2013

Oh, may I add:

The top of the second new tower, with its top looks like a tilted diamond shape, serves as a compass pointing to the original foundations of the old towers.

It, too, reflects the sunlight to the old foundations exactly at the moment the second plane hits the North Tower.

Do you also know, the bronze plates that carry the victims names are maintained body temperature throughout the year around the waterpools?

There are also lots of similar elements in the nearby new subway station.

If you carefully study the design, there are many very moving elements and careful considerations. It is easy to dismiss them as ugly by the people who are incapable of doing a better job. Remember, the design is picked from public submissions.

If you think you can do a better one, where were you when it was open for public submission and comments?

by Anonymousreply 3505/10/2013

Sounds like another motherfucking stargate to me, R35

by Anonymousreply 3605/10/2013

[quote]They all say, ignorance generates prejudice which makes haters.

Who are "they all" and what exactly do you think the "haters" in this thread are prejudiced against? Ugly buildings?

by Anonymousreply 3705/10/2013

[quote]If you think you can do a better one, where were you when it was open for public submission and comments?

Honey, while I did not personally submit one, plenty of designs were submitted that were superior to the one that was chosen. And even the one that chosen was much more interesting in its original that the what ended up being built.

by Anonymousreply 3805/10/2013

R33, I really, REALLY hope you're kidding. I split my sides laughing at the mental image of such a structure.

by Anonymousreply 3905/10/2013

You couldn't pay me enough to work there. They might as well have painted a big old red target on it.

by Anonymousreply 4005/10/2013

[quote]They all say, ignorance generates prejudice which makes haters. This thread is another proof.

I wouldn't be so quick to call others ignorant. Whether or not one likes the building is a matter of taste, not of knowledge. And I don't see how prejudice or hate enter the picture.

by Anonymousreply 4105/10/2013

There can be NO DOUBT that r35 has earnestly uttered the words "the sky was so blue that day" in reference to 9/11.

by Anonymousreply 4205/10/2013

[quote]And even the one that chosen was much more interesting in its original that the what ended up being built.

That should be "much more interesting in its original form than what ended up being built." Good lord.

Whatever, the Twin Towers were pretty hideous, so maybe it's fitting that something fug is replacing them.

And in any case, it's about time people stopped rolling around in 9/11, acting like it was both an immense personal tragedy (even if didn't directly affect them or anyone they knew in any way) and the biggest public tragedy ever in the whole history of humankind. Enough.

by Anonymousreply 4305/11/2013

It's rather cool from a technology standpoint. Under the fiberglass radome: the NYC TV stations will be using the spire as a higher elevation replacement for the Empire and Conde Nast building TV facilities, which along with the old Armstrong Tower in Alpine NJ were pressed into use after 9/11. The in-city sites will be used as backups.

This was accomplished relatively recently and quietly...as of a few years ago the industry wanted little to do with the new WTC. No idea where the FM's will be.

by Anonymousreply 4405/11/2013

I read that as bacon....

by Anonymousreply 4505/11/2013

R31 Frank Gehry would have done a much better job then what is there. He would not have bent to the pressure of other clumsy cooks in the kitchen wanting to put their stink all over it.

Fran Gehry is probably the most significant living architect of our times. He is the next Frank Lloyd Wright in terms of ground breaking innovation. Only his shit dose not leak as much.

by Anonymousreply 4605/11/2013

R18 you actually hit the nail on the head, it actually was an after thought. Look at the original design concept.

Too many people watering down the concept and that is what you end up with.

by Anonymousreply 4705/11/2013

Not so fast R25. If you think that all tall buildings should not taper at the top, you better send an email to these guys:

by Anonymousreply 4805/11/2013

Get used to it [R44]. They will be talking about it 50 years from now. Fewer people died at Pearl Harbor and we are still talking about that.

by Anonymousreply 4905/11/2013

When I mourn 9/11, I mourn the people who died horrific deaths inside those buildings - I don't mourn the buildings. They were ugly and they will NEVER serve as an adequate symbol for anything other than ostentation.

by Anonymousreply 5005/11/2013

Whatever. If DL's taste in architecture is as bad it is in men and pornography, then all of this bitching is just nonsense coming from people with poor taste.

by Anonymousreply 5105/11/2013

After 9/11 Port Authority moved many offices to 1 Madison Avenue, Metropolitan Life's building. When lease expired they were moved to Exchange Place, the financial district of Jersey City. Next move will be back to WTC.

by Anonymousreply 5205/11/2013

R1 / R5 = Either Brit, or Canadian.

I would bet my dog on it. Either way, flame the troll back to it's miserable cave.

by Anonymousreply 5305/11/2013

I am excited about the transit center, now that is going to be beautiful.

R35, just because the building reflect light with respect and purpose, does not make it an attractive building.

by Anonymousreply 5405/11/2013

Actually, no one speaks of Pearl Harbor anymore. It was too long ago, and if America can't find a way to personally identify with something, it doesn't matter anymore.

I was reading the comments on the NY Times article until I came across a "Never Forget!" Ugh. The vaguest, laziest, least meaningful phrase ever attached to anything. Americans love that shit.

by Anonymousreply 5505/11/2013

[quote]If DL's taste in architecture is as bad it is in men and pornography, then all of this bitching is just nonsense coming from people with poor taste.

Yep. If someone fawns over a bunch of steroid-boobed, orange-skinned, old guys with fat asses, you can imagine what kind of building they would prefer.

by Anonymousreply 5605/11/2013

Whew! I would've run into One World Trade Center if it wasn't for that flashing beacon!

by Anonymousreply 5705/11/2013

Well, you know, R57, flight school dropouts can fly with extreme precision whenever there's a six billion dollar insurance payout to be had. Heh heh heh...

by Anonymousreply 5805/11/2013

Whole site devoted to WTC co-starring in movies. It's always eerie to see them pop-up in the frame.

by Anonymousreply 5901/23/2014

[quote]It is easy to dismiss them as ugly by the people who are incapable of doing a better job.

You're implying that same tired, weak argument: that only people who could do it better should be allowed to criticize the arts.

Of course no one really believes that, except for whining artists/musicians/actors/architects. Pauline Kael did not direct films, but she was a brilliant film critic; George Bernard Shaw did not conduct orchestras, but he was a brilliant music critic.

If people think it's ugly, they think it's ugly. Deal with it.

by Anonymousreply 6001/23/2014

[quote] It's purpose is to ward off planes.

Really? Seriously? Planes didn't accidentally fly into the building during night time. The purposely crashed into them during the daytime. The spire and the beacon will make a lovely bullseye

by Anonymousreply 6101/23/2014

[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]

by Anonymousreply 6201/23/2014

The top of the building resembles a Minaret. Some feel it was purposefully designed that way to prevent another attack.

by Anonymousreply 6301/23/2014

Every structure above 200 feet is required by FAA regulations to have a light to warn off planes.

by Anonymousreply 6401/23/2014

The beacon is lit.New York calls for aid....and Rohan will answer.

by Anonymousreply 6501/23/2014
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