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Manhattan gets construction command centre
As the political and financial wrangling finally gets resolved and plans for the new World Trade Centre crystallize, so the focus inevitably shifts onto the immense challenge of delivering this vast development. In all, there are some 29 individual projects with an estimated cost of $21 USD billion planned for Manhattan. The WTC2 alone will require an estimated 907, 338 million cu yds of concrete, 222,437 tons of steel all erected by 5,900 workers and 17 tower cranes. Questions have been raised in the New York press as to whether there is sufficient concrete…..............more
Diamonds in the sky
A diamond-shaped skyscraper, part of the new World Trade Center site, will serve as a beacon and will lead the eye down to the memorial pool from any angle in the city. Foster's design appears to connect four narrow towers, topped by four shining diamonds..............more
Sedate but still majestic
Tokyo based Maki called his 61-story tower, standing at 946ft (288 metres) an "abstract, minimalist" creation and said it would be clad in a perforated aluminum that would make it the lightest-colored of the three buildings. In the 146,000 square feet of retail space at the base, Maki ..............more
Three giants, three towers
WAN US correspondent Sharon McHugh writes about the new proposals. The vision of what will be built at Ground Zero got one step closer to reality last week with the unveiling of designs for three new office towers to be built there. Those towers, simply known as ..............more
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