SkyscraperCity banner
1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
User
Joined
·
5,634 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
As you can see, the two have shared a couple of shots at each other in the past week and it all started when Trump called Libeskind an "egghead" designer. Libeskind strikes back, even taking a shot at Trump's hair...

NY POST

EGGHEAD IN TRUMP'S FACE

By TOM TOPOUSIS and FREDRIC U. DICKER

May 18, 2005 -- EXCLUSIVE

The Egghead is taking on The Donald.

Ground Zero master planner Daniel Libeskind, branded an "egghead" by Donald Trump over the botched design of the Freedom Tower, fired off a snarky letter to the "Apprentice" star, insisting he's not the egghead responsible for the building's problems.

"Reading about your interest in the Freedom Tower, I thought you might want to know which egghead did what in designing the tower, which has been sent back to the re-drawing board," Libeskind wrote in the letter obtained by The Post.

Libeskind's letter was prompted by Trump's interview in The Post last week in which The Donald trashed the Freedom Tower design and blamed Libeskind.

The artsy architect told Trump the footprint and twisting shape of the proposed Freedom Tower were all ideas of David Childs, who was hired by Ground Zero developer Larry Silverstein to turn Libeskind's vision into a real plan.

"I am sure that all of us, whatever the shape of our head or its decorative accessory agree that security is the paramount concern for the new tower," Libeskind wrote in a not-so-veiled dig at Trump's trademarked hair.

The Donald is set to unveil his own proposal for the World Trade Center today. A new Freedom Tower design will be ready by the end of June. It's completion is now about a year behind schedule.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
What's up with Libeskind? Even Trump said the problems are not his fault. In fact, Trump said he was probably so shocked when his design was picked in the competition to design the new WTC.
 

·
User
Joined
·
5,634 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Despite me agreeing with Trump that Libeskind is an "egghead" (what's that mean exactly anyway?), in all seriousness, Libeskind has to be the biggest loser here.

He was living high in the fame once his plan was suprisingly chosen (after losing every poll and rejected by the LMDC board) and was even featured in an Audi commercial claiming he was "awarded the commission of the century."

Now where is he? Making sure every inch of what other architects designed on the site (cultural center, memorial, towers) are not slightly off otherwise his masterplan that was chosen by means of a "power public consensus" will be ruined and he'll threaten to sue again. He must be praying Childs screws up again or Silverstein gets out of the picture somehow.

When you're an architect stuck fighting back a criticsm in which you cry that you weren't involved in the designing process as your defense or need to go as low as to take a shot at the person's hair who is giving out the criticsm, you know you're in trouble.
 

·
Professional
Joined
·
764 Posts
he did the masterplan... after that time he is no longer responsible for the design... the detailed development of the various pieces is left to those who win those commissions...

of course libeskind also doesn't want to see his original vision just thrown out the window either, so of course he is emotionally and professionally invested in realizing his original plan in the way in which it was originally displayed...

SOM is responsible for the FT design at the detail level... all libeskind is responsible for is the massing of the structure and its footprint, thats about it

trump is calling him an egghead b/c libeskinds work is much closer to the theoretical end of the architectural spectrum than many of those who were in the final rounds of the competition... trump seems libeskind as being inpractical or removed from reality in some sense...

of course i feel trump himself suffers from the exact same problem since he supports rebuilding the WTC which has absolutely no practical purpose outside of shear aesthetics or emotion
 

·
Long live the Twins!
Joined
·
1,116 Posts
libeskind is indeed the biggest loser here. pataki had so successfully duped him into thinking that he got the right to rebuild the wtc as he pleased. i can't believe that he never realized that pataki's just using him and his plan as a smokescreen to hide the fact that it's he and lmdc and whoever backs them (childs, bloomberg, etc.), and not anyone else, is running the show.

but again, it doesn't make sense for him to howl about how pataki's been taking his voice away in the rebuilding process when he himself took away the voice of other competing architects and the people earlier on in the rebuilding. he deserved this.

and all his whining and half-hearted attempt to hit back at trump is just showing how far he fell ever since pataki chose him.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top