Nicolai Ouroussoff What the tower evokes, by comparison, are ancient obelisks, blown up to a preposterous scale and clad in heavy sheaths of reinforced glass - an ideal symbol for an empire enthralled with its own power, and unaware that it is fading..."
-NY Times Architecture Critic on the redesigned Freedom Tower
"Somber, oppressive and clumsily conceived, the project is a monument to a society that has turned its back on any notion of cultural openness. It is exactly the kind of nightmare that government officials repeatedly asserted would never happen here: an impregnable tower braced against the outside world...
What the tower evokes, by comparison, are ancient obelisks, blown up to a preposterous scale and clad in heavy sheaths of reinforced glass - an ideal symbol for an empire enthralled with its own power, and unaware that it is fading..."
I cannot think of anything remotely witty to say about this lump of crap, except that being a "architecture critic" has to be the lowest job in journalism. It must rank just after the guy writing the NYPD Police Log as the lamest journalism career ever. They say that everyone's a critic; I personally think Nicolai Ouroussoff is a prick.
Coming from a critic at The New York Times is interesting; any person can walk the streets of New York and see that we are a country of many faces, religions, accents. This is nothing new as we have been a destination for immigrants from all over the world for hundreds of years. Because of that openness, we were targeted by a fanatical group who see cannot see past the hate and intolerance of one religion, one accent, one face. Because of this group of religious zealots, The United States of America has pulled up its sleeves and with the help of some allies we have taken on the global epidemic that seeks to destroy what they cannot hope to understand.
This tower is a symbol of the resolve and duty that we must and will show. The new design is not an "impregnable tower braced against the outside world", instead it's a symbol of America's resolve and ability to rebuild in the face of a cowardly enemy. No, we are not a fading empire. We are shining brighter everyday so Mr. Ouroussoff, go screw yourself...criticize that.
(hat tip - el Drudgebo)