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Old May 12th, 2011, 03:39 PM   #21901
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Old May 12th, 2011, 04:39 PM   #21902
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Flying to New York tommorow, honestly can't wait to see this beauty in person.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #21903
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Are there any examples of this prismatic glass?
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Old May 12th, 2011, 05:38 PM   #21904
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Thursday May 12, 2011 10:30am Morning

wow lots of progress in 24 hours

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Old May 12th, 2011, 05:52 PM   #21905
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Based on Cul's diagram, from say Brooklyn, you would sort of get a sense of twins in that area as WTC2 to the tip is nearly the same as the roofline of WTC1. Of course they're separate towers, but I believe I conscious mentality of the twins has been executed here.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #21906
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Are there any examples of this prismatic glass?
A member on this forum called STR has a few renders of the base glass somewhere.

TBH the red steel on the base looks pretty sweet. Concrete blast walls on the lobby however look really shitty, thats where the prismatic glass comes in to cover the ugly walls. Shame there was no inheritance of the lobby designed by Minoru Yamasaki on the orignal buildings. Then again we live in a world filled with terrorist dickheads, ******* things up for the rest of mankind.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 06:00 PM   #21907
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Wow, that steel did go up fast. And the other day someone was complaining how slow the previous floors were in going up?!?!?!? Guess they read this board or maybe it is just the clear weather :-)
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Old May 12th, 2011, 06:51 PM   #21908
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[QUOTE=TowersNYC;77652909]wow lots of progress in 24 hours

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Hi Carlos, keep following day, here in São Paulo - Brazil, the progress of construction of One World Trade Center through your photos.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 07:29 PM   #21909
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^ Wow all the perimeter steel is up. :O
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Old May 12th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #21910
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Taken May 11th, 2011

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Old May 12th, 2011, 08:23 PM   #21911
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Old May 12th, 2011, 09:49 PM   #21912
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Great pictures NYCD!

The top of 1WTC is now almost out of reach of the Discovery webcam (#2):

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Old May 12th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #21913
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Great pictures NYCD!

The top of 1WTC is now almost out of reach of the Discovery webcam (#2):

[IMG]http://i53.************/fbfbs5.jpg[/IMG]
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Old May 12th, 2011, 11:17 PM   #21914
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Absolutely stunning photographs NYCD, thank you!

The quality of the glazing is astounding, one fantastic tower!
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Old May 12th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #21915
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Great pictures NYCD!

The top of 1WTC is now almost out of reach of the Discovery webcam (#2):

[IMG]http://i53.************/fbfbs5.jpg[/IMG]
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Old May 13th, 2011, 12:41 AM   #21916
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Story from The Gothamist:

"Nothing to do with the former World Trade Center site can ever be easy, can it?

The long, expensive road to seeing a complete Freedom Tower One World Trade Center hit another bump recently when the Port Authority decided to scrap plans to cover the building's bunker-like base with special prismatic glass panels after spending $10 million dollars trying to get the special glass to work.

The glass was added to starchitect David Childs' design after his first plan was found to be too vulnerable to attacks and his second take, with a concrete base, was deemed too bunker like. The plan was to drape the 187-foot-high, bomb-resistant concrete base in a screen of clear glass prisms and welded aluminum screens to create, in the the words of Childs, “a dynamic, shimmering glass surface.”

Cool, right? The only thing is that the kind of glass that was being called for, which among other things would shatter into relatively harmless bits like a windshield, turned out to be terrifically hard to create at the size and scale required. So, after the Port Authority had already spent $10 million on the glass (the contract was for $82 million) they decided to cut their losses and scrap it.
According to the Durst Organization, which is in charge of leasing the building, the change should not stop the building from its planned January 2014 opening. And though a final decision has yet to be made, it is presumed that the new facade for the bottom of the building will now be made of "more traditional clear glass panels, possibly with granite elements to tie it into the surrounding plazas."

At least One World Trade isn't the worst offender in the area when it comes to budget cuts taking all the pretty away. That title clearly goes to the once-soaring, incredibly expensive, WTC Transit Hub. But on the plus side: Hey! One World Trade Center has reached the 65th floor!"

http://gothamist.com/2011/05/12/one_...raps_its_s.php
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Old May 13th, 2011, 12:45 AM   #21917
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Great project!
I am about to visit New York around 4th July and I'll try to make some nice shots!
what do you think, is it going to pass the 70th floor until this date?

By the way, on the cam shots the construction site(maybe because of the trees) becomes to look like a "normal" plaza and not like a "ground zero" anymore...
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Old May 13th, 2011, 02:09 AM   #21918
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should have reached 72nd floor at least.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 02:10 AM   #21919
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NYCD, your pictures suprise me every time I see them, keep up the good work!

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May 5, 2011 by Pete and Genevieve, on Flickr

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WTC 1 Cladding by brenGT2, on Flickr

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WTC Site from Former Deutsche Bank Building by brenGT2, on Flickr

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WTC as Seen from Empire State Building by brenGT2, on Flickr

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And an exquisite update from Michael:

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WTC Site 20110512- Freedom Tower by morrongiello, on Flickr
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Old May 13th, 2011, 03:31 AM   #21920
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Not new stuff but an interesting text taking us back to 2006 about the redesigning of the base.

Reflections on the glass base of 1 World Trade Center: With prismatic glass abandoned, can architects avoid the Bunker Effect?

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The big news out of New York today is The New York Times report of a major design change at 1 World Trade Center: The prismatic glass that was to sheathe the tower's fortified concrete base--and make the base look less bunker-like--has proved difficult to manufacture. And so, after $10 million already had been spent on the glass, the architects have been sent back to the drawing board.

In 2006, on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I explored how terrorist fears were affecting the design and engineering of major skyscrapers, creating a profound tension between security and openness. The story concluded with an assessment of the changing design of 1 World Trade Center, then known as Freedom Tower, based on an interview with the skyscraper's chief architect, David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. In the wake of today's news, I'm re-posting that material here:

The ultimate test of how megatowers meet the ground will come at New York's Freedom Tower, where architect Childs got off to a terrible start last year after the New York Police Department insisted that he redesign an earlier version of the tower to account for the possibility of a car- or truck-bomb attack.

His plan (above) called for an enormous base topped by eight long isosceles triangles of glass and a surmounting spire. The base was a nearly windowless, 200-foot-high podium sheathed in metal. The skyscraper looked at once menacing and comical, a giant version of one of those combo salt-and-pepper shakers. The New York Post aptly dubbed it "Fort Zero."

But the changes that Childs and his associate, Jeffrey Holmes, have made to the base of Freedom Tower since then are encouragingly city-friendly.

They include a slight decrease in the podium's height and a significant increase in its transparency, which would be accomplished by sheathing the base in blast-resistant glass instead of metal (left, the planned glass prism base, as seen in model form). The entrance portals would be 60 feet tall, not 30 feet, a change made possible by following the example of 7 World Trade Center, another SOM design, and relocating some blast-resistant walls into the lobby. The podium's corners would be tapered, echoing the tower.

These alterations not only make the base and top of the tower more unified, but also promise to connect the tower with the city around it. That shift is particularly evident along the tower's west side, where Childs and Holmes propose tiered steps (below) to accommodate the large crowds that are expected to visit the tower's observation deck. In a pointed departure from the usual masculine metaphors associated with the skyscraper, Holmes describes the features in feminine terms, likening them to a flowing skirt that billows from the building's base.

Yet even with these changes, the podium's gargantuan dimensions threaten to dwarf visitors. It still has miles to travel before it matches the human-scaled standard set by the tiered, sidewalk-hugging base of the Empire State Building, the genial skyline giant completed in 1930 and again New York's tallest building at 1,250 feet. With all the security-induced open space around Freedom Tower and no retail shops lining its base, this enormous urban building threatens to look as if it's sitting alone in a suburban office park.

It would be terrible if the triumphant revival of the skyscraper were to be accompanied by the death of the city around it. Unintentionally symbolizing that danger, the concrete posts around Freedom Tower's plaza look in Childs' drawings like tombstones.

Perhaps the architects can design their way out of this box, but it won't be easy. The stakes could not be higher, though the drama is playing out most intensely at street level. The true test of American resilience is not simply whether we reclaim the skyline, but whether we restore normalcy on the ground.
Hope they don't clad the base with clear glass, since there's no need cause the lobby will have natural light coming from the entrances, not through blast walls.

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