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I agree. I loved what the WTC stood for and the atmosphere but, in general it was dark, cold and very uninviting. Of cause the 70's darker colours doesn't help that problem. I know that was a struggle that a lot of people involved in the planning and construction later admitted.Quite honestly though, it doesn't seem like a very pleasant work environment - the combination of low ceilings and wide floor plates must have made some of the desks close to the central core seem as if they were in a basement.
And a bonus. Check out this cool vid made by Dan Meth. Greate tribute! http://vimeo.com/danmeth/twintowercameosVisa Presents Evening Stars
OnStage at the Twin Towers
September 5-16, 2001
This free festival presents some of the world's most highly acclaimed dancers.
September 5 Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
September 6 Rennie Harris Puremovement & Urban Bush Women
September 7 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
September 8 Twyla Tharp Dance
September 10 David Gordon Pick Up Company
September 11 Parsons Dance Company
September 12 Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
September 13 Trisha Brown Dance Company
September 14 Dance Theatre of Harlem
September 15 Garth Fagan Dance Company
September 16 Paul Taylor Dance Company
Nobody forgets that the World Trade Center was from an engeering perspective was hugely innovative.I guess people forget that the WTC was a 70s office building and that one of its main selling points at the time was the amount of column free office space that it provided and the fact that this had been made possible both by the structural system and the use of air conditioning which allowed the core of the building to be cooled and, therefore, made habitable. Quite innovative but facilities for workers seemed pretty uninspiring for such a prestigious building.
As I understand it, the windows were designed like that as the designer had a fear of heights and also wanted people to feel safe inside, being so high up.But it's still the fact that narrow windows (50/50 column/windows) and low ceilings so the sunlight only gets a couple of feet into the building gives an unpleasant work environment.
The lobby in new 1WTC is even worse, and the new mall is still going to be underground.The plaza was a huge concrete football field with no appeal at all and the mall was underground, so the street life was pushed away.
It's even more about money and status now than it was in the 70sThey were designed and build in a time were factors like mass appeal, work environment, resource efficiency etc. didn't play any role like it does today. It was all about money and status.