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[Ground Zero, New York]
  • sidetracked
    "There are two utterly different Daniel Libeskinds. One is a deeply serious architectural intellectual. His drawings are ink and pencil explosions that look more like an obscure form of musical notation than conventional architectural images. They come spattered with fragments of concrete poetry, and Dadaist texts." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)

  • stepping stones
    "He is an architect who would rather not build at all, than not build things his way." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)

  • super salesman
    "The other Libeskind is prepared to do anything that it takes to get the job. And that anything includes simultaneously hiring two different public relations firms in New York, with a brief to get him on Larry King Live, and discussing the finer points of his cowboy boots and his spectacles with the style section of the New York Times. He is certainly the first candidate for dean of Colombia University's school of architecture ever to have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)

  • populist
    "More troubling to some in New York was the enthusiasm with which he has played the patriotic card in the race to secure the World Trade Centre commission. He took to wearing a Stars and Stripes pin in his lapel. He wouldn't stop talking about his first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty from the ship that brought him to the land of the free as a teenage immigrant. And even though he hadn't actually lived in the city for 20 years, he told every interviewer: 'I am a New Yorker, and an American.' ." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)

  • no logo
    "He was also the only competitor in the competition who dropped a profession ally neutral tone and used the 'I' word." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)

  • Naomi Klein
    "No wonder that some observers have been more than a little confused about the emergence of this new Libeskind whose existence they previously never suspected." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)
  • rapturously
    "But on closer inspection, Muschamp underwent a radical change of heart. When the competition came down to a straight fight between Libeskind and his Argentine rival Rafael Vinoly, he wrote that Libeskind's scheme with all its emotional symbolism - the tower 1,776ft high, conspicuously echoing the Statue of Liberty's torch, the so called wedge of light that every 11 September would ensure that there are no shadows cast on the site between 8.46am and 10.28am, the Park of Heroes, tracing in the ground the paths taken by New York's firemen as they rushed into the Twin Towers, and above all Libeskind's idea of leaving the massive rock wall, which had protected the towers from the Hudson river, open in a deep pit - was 'astonishingly tasteless, emotionally manipulative, and close to nostalgia and kitsch'." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)

  • prodigiously
    "The Libeskind camp was predictably outraged. Libeskind's executive assistant started an email campaign urging sympathisers to write to the New York Times demanding that it sacked Muschamp. The hapless assistant quickly issued a shamed-faced apology, saying that it was done 'without the approval or the knowledge of Daniel or Nina Libeskind'." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)

  • gloves off
    "Rather more effective a riposte was the torpedoing of Muschamp's favourite Rafael Vinoly's chances by a report in the Wall Street Journal on the eve of the closely-run race that contrary to Vinoly's claims that he had left Argentina as a political exile fleeing persecution by the military dictatorship, he had actually built his career thanks to the patronage of the junta and its generals." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)

  • summer camp
    "When Vinoly started describing Libeskind's design as 'the Wailing Wall', Libeskind called Vinoly design 'two skeletons in the sky', and suggested that for Vinoly to name it 'the World Cultural Centre' smacked of the Stalinist Palace of the Soviets in Warsaw." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_03.03.02)

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[Seattle Central Library, Seattle]
  • whirlwind
    "In the end, the board's decision was not based on the bottom line. 'Can you do beauty? asked one board member. 'Yes,' was Koolhaas immediate response." (Sheri Olson, arec_04.07)

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