Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2004


I’m (Guardedly) Optimistic About Libeskind & the WTC—Here’s Why

Thankfully, the governor and the mayor picked an architect, not a plan, and Daniel Libeskind is uniquely qualified to see the World Trade Center through.

Now that the euphoria surrounding the Daniel Libeskind announcement has faded, we’ve all had time to look at the fine print. This is the urban planning equivalent of a hangover. It’s clear that the program is still being driven by the leases signed by Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey prior to September 11th….

Sustainability Bibliography

Big and Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century by David Gissen Conscious Style Home: Eco-Friendly Living for the 21st Century by Danny Seo Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment by Pamela J. Gordon Sustainable Architecture White Papers by Earth Pledge Green Architecture by James Wines The Green Skyscraper: The Basis for Designing Sustainable Intensive…

New Urbanism at the NEA: A Q&A with Jeff Speck

Less than a month into his NEA job, director of design Jeff Speck discusses his principles, plans, and why mayors could benefit from an Urbanism 101 class.

As the NEA’s newly appointed Director of Design, Jeff Speck supervises the panel selection and grant-making process in design, as well as oversees the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and Your Town programs. Formerly the director of town planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co. (DPZ), a pioneering New Urbanism (NU) firm that seeks to curb suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment,…

Anatomy of a Photo Op: Celebrating a “Historic Collaboration” at the WTC

A sardonic look at the behind-the-scenes politics between developer Larry Silverstein, architect David Childs, & WTC master planner Daniel Libeskind.

Date: July 16, 2003 Place: Ground Zero Gate 7 Purpose: To celebrate a “historic collaboration” between World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein; architect David Childs, of Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and WTC master site planner Daniel Libeskind. The Cast of Characters (see right): Janno Lieber, EVP World Trade Center Development, Silverstein Properties; Childs; Libeskind; Silverstein; Kevin Rampe, president, Lower Manhattan…

Vanity and Validation

Films celebrating the design and construction of projects by celebrity architects are now ubiquitous. But do we actually learn anything from them?