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World Commerce Center (12 Aug 2002 at 08:58)
World Commerce Center
No matter your architectural and civil engineering background, you can now you can submit your proposals for new buildings at the world trade center site at CNN!

My proposal, like most of the others, is far beyond "structurally unsound", will totally ruin the skyline of New York City, and is dominated by a maudlin "America" theme. But mine's a different kind of America theme, can you guess what?

Here's the caption I sent with my entry:

I propose a spacious and aesthetic replacement for the twin towers. The inverted-pyramid design allows the area at the top of the tower to be twelve times as great as the actual area of ground zero. This gives room for a gigantic shopping mall and food court encased in a glass atrium on top, as well as office space for thousands! The entire structure will be supported by immense steel cables, as a testament to the iron resolve of our country.

-- Tom Murphy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Dr. Cheese (hobax1-194.dialup.optusnet.com.au) – 08.17.02 01:29:29
Hmmmm.... It works on so many levels!!

The inverted pyramid reflects the change in foreign policy toward the arabic people and the mall just rubs salt into their wounds as capitalism dances on the graves of their rich and ancient culture.

There could be no greater tribute.
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Marc (cache-2.sbo.ma.webcache.rcn.net) – 08.18.02 20:14:18
Heh heh, nice work Tom. 'Tis is a very thoroughly American theme, although I think you might have been able to have taken it a step farther by making it possible for people to stay in their cars while going through the mall, driving through the stores while shopping and all that...

I showed it to a friend of mine who has studied architecture and he said that the inverted pyramid is actually the strongest structure there is, as long as you can keep it upright.

It makes a good desktop background, too...
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