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The Idea of Sunlight:          a Microplay

We were closely following the Battle of the Wedge wherein our two protagonists, architect Daniel Libeskind, winning designer for the buildings at ground zero—whose work has been described alternately as "brilliant, complex, radiating, emotional, spastic, genius, embarrassing, towering, lovely, sick, astonishing, plagued, quintessential, incomprehensible, simple, elegant, and fatuous"— and architect Eli Attia, who designs very big, shiny, cold, slick and elegant buildings, as they battle over the idea of sunlight.

Mr. Libeskind: The sun will shine without shadow.
Mr. Attias: That's a lie.
Mr. Libeskind: The effect is not linear but a three-dimensional phenomenon about the ambience of light and the reflections of light between the buildings.
Mr. Attias: It's a virtual smorgasbord of narrow-minded incompetence in urban planning and architectural design, garnished with a rare blend of political propaganda
Mr. Libeskind:
Mr. Attias: ...a figment and a sham memorial in which the defining image and metaphor is shadows conquering the light
Mr. Libeskind: This is about radiating light, reflecting light, the atmosphere of light
Mr. Attias: It's a national embarrassment.


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