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Unformatted text preview: 2 W ORLD T RADE C ENTER The Giant that Defied the Sky By Peter Skinner Preface by Mike Wallace Editorial Project Valeria Manferto de Fabianis Graphic Design Patrizia Balocco Lovisetti © M ETRO B OOKS 2002 Reprinted by the Gotham Center with permission. All rights reserved. 3 Contents* Preface by Mike Wallace : 4 Introduction : 5 Manhattan Before the Twin Towers : 11 The Twin Towers: Design and Architecture by Giorgio Tartaro : 16 The World Trade Center in Movies and Media : 23 The New Heart of the Financial District : 28 September 11, 2001 : 34 * Note: Not all photographs for World Trade Center are integrated here. We have included any photographs for which we have permission to print. 4 Figure 1 Preface by Mike Wallace The hijacked planes that zeroed in on New York and Washington with such murderous accuracy obviously chose their targets for a reason. They didn’t attack Los Angeles and Miami, after all. Why not? It’s reasonable to assume that they chose cities and buildings that they believed had great symbolic and actual potency: the respective headquarters of the military and financial institutions whose decisions have tremendous impact throughout the globe. As we’ve seen from the outpouring of support from around the world, millions of people love and admire the United States and its pre-eminent urban centers. But others hate us passionately. Not, despite what some say, because we are the land of the free and good, but because the nation has embraced policies from which they feel they’ve suffered. Driven by calculated strategy and suicidal fanaticism, they’ve dealt a terrific blow to proud towers and command centers alike. New Yorkers are rolling with the blow magnificently, despite the added shock of having it come both figuratively and literally out of the clear blue sky, shattering our sense of invulnerability. But that sense always rested on a truncated reading of history. While the particular form of the attack was fiendishly novel, New York, over nearly four centuries, has repeatedly been the object of murderous intentions. 5 Figure 13 Through a combination of luck and power, we have escaped many of the intended blows, but not all of them, and our forebears often feared that worse might yet befall them. In recent decades, some opponents of the expanding global cultural and economic order of which New York and Washington were seen as headquarters, turned to terror. The resulting mayhem seldom touched New York’s shores—the first World Trade Center attack was a notable exception—but fantasies about urban destruction exploded in popular culture. The popularity of cinematic depictions of overseas (or alien) predators wreaking havoc on New York and Washington, with the World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty as attendant casualties, was perhaps also fueled by antagonism to Big Government and Big Corporations....
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