having discussed the first set of proposals with few Newyorkers previously in another forum ,architects and non-architects,they seemed to be widely divided among the previous 6 proposals,they simply hate them,they held great hopes,and they thought that their site and their famous skyline deserve better shots,on the other hand there was the forgotten side of the families of the victims,they were with a great tendency to create a " green" memorial,they felt that the ground was still holding the sacred remains of their beloved perished ones,and they have of course the right for this emotional approach ,it was a great human tragedy and it was at a massive scale......anyway this did somehow created an antagonistic situation and as a result an architectural dilemma was created,and so all the set for new proposals has concentrate on dealing with this this new complex situation,so the people that is in control had call after the supposed architectural salvation,the so-called "elite" in the world of architecture,and after few months of labour period,what did happened?
there was as you may have guessed a show between competetive "stars" rather than honest seekers for a real architectural solutions that should deal with the actual needs of the Newyorkers,and the so called "elite" had pushed their ego to the limit,they concentrate in creating shallow masterpieces, lots of highly expensive mirage to be built in the site!
and finally between all this crazy fiesta ,Libeskind was the winner!!
o.k,to win a competition is something in the world of architecture,but to deserve your winning is a total different subject,you do not have to be an architect to feel the beauty of the space,the 'truth" is instinctive,we do not need make-up to taste the harmony,a person can trust his instinct,art in general and architecture in particular is supposed to be a life enhancing and sacred experience,it should raise the "mundane" to the level of "ritual"
does the Libeskind's design succeed in creating this dream?
I think it's usually needs more than a "critic" to raise a person to the level of "real" success ....by the way I stopped long time ago depending on the (media-critic-star) corrupt triangle and I only trust my own readings and my pure instinct and my own reasoning ,I remembered one time that the Time's critic had chosen the Gehry's Bilbao titanium monster as the building of the century!!
says who and why and based upon what??!
tourism,sincerelly we need more than a "professional" play with the words....!!