Architecture: O Brave New World!

The competition to design the World Trade Center site is over. The winner is Daniel Libeskind. But how much of his powerful scheme will be built?

Daniel Libeskind calls architecture "a civic art, an art of negotiation." Which is another way of saying that designing a building is only half the battle. The real struggle is getting the thing built. Libeskind, 56, was named the winner last week of the extraordinarily hard fought and closely watched competition for a design to rebuild the World Trade Center site. Now the real work begins: financing a scheme that includes a museum and five office buildings, working with the sharp-elbowed assortment of public authorities and private parties who lay claim to the site and keeping the plan from being nibbled...

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