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Memorialising the World Trade Centre

Sunday 9 December 2001

Metropolis Magazine has an interview with Yale University architectural historian and critic Vincent Scully about the de­struc­tion of the WTC. In the past, Scully was no fan of the twin towers.

As you know, very few of us really liked the World Trade towers. They seemed too big, dumb, and inarticulate. When they got hit, all the associations changed. All of a sudden, instead of looking inordinately tall, they looked heart­break­ing. Now I love them. It’s a little like how our associations changed regarding New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. I have never been a big fan of Giuliani, and now I love Giuliani.

The article is worth reading for its observations about memorials to great tragedies​—​Maya Ying Lin’s Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC gets a mention.

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