UPDATE: Korean Building Design Looks Like ‘Sushi, Chopsticks,’ Not Twin Towers on 9/11


(WeeklyStandard) My report last Friday on the planned South Korean towers that resemble the World Trade Center enveloped in an explosive “cloud” on 9/11 provoked an angry message from a spokesperson for MVRDV, the Dutch architectural firm that designed the towers. In my article, I quoted MVRDV spokesman Jan Knikker, who told the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, “I have to admit that we also thought of the 9/11 attacks.” The admission directly contradicts the “apology” posted in English on the MVRDV website, which, among other things, claimed that the designers did not “see the resemblance during the design process.”

In a message, Knikker insisted that his comment had been taken “out of context” by the Algemeen Dagbladand berated me for citing a “Dutch tabloid.” He did not, however, explain what the relevant context is, much less how any context could alter an explicit admission on his part that the architects had indeed thought of the 9/11 attacks. In direct contradiction to that admission, he added, “In the 3 months of design process there was no-one who had thought of the connection in our team, nor the consultants, nor at the client.” (Knikker’s full message is reproduced below.)

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