Sunday, September 11, 2011

Very good sentence: on the World Trade Center

From Amy Waldman's latest novel about an architect and 9/11
He had been indifferent to the buildings when they stood, preferring more fluid forms to their stark brutality, their self-conscious monumentalism. But now he wanted to fix their image, their worth, their place. Goliaths that had crushed small businesses, vibrant streetscapes, generational continuities, they were living rebukes to nostalgia, yet it was nostalgia he felt for them. A skyline was a collaboration, if an inadvertent one, between generations; it came to seem as natural as a mountain range that had shuddered up from the earth. This new gap in space had reversed time.
(I also think brutalism is one of the greatest names for a style of architecture.)
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