March 11, 2014

I could not help feeling a tinge of disappointment on hearing that the Sears (now Willis) Tower has lost its title as tallest building in North America to One World Trade Center in New York. But I was pleased that the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat executive director, in announcing the height of One World Trade Center, recalled the building designers’ early vision of a spire and beacon honoring the Statue of Liberty. The spire of One World Trade Center “which holds the beacon light,” he said, “shining out at the symbolic height of 1,776 feet, is especially poignant – echoing the similarly symbolic beacon atop the Statue of Liberty across the water.” In fact, in early drawings of 1WTC the designers showed the spire rising at one side of the tower (rather than centered on the roof).

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  1. Ruth Wood Says:

    Hello Yasmin,
    I edit Student World Online, a global web magazine for international students.
    Many of our readers are Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who are interested in studying at English-speaking universities around the world.
    I am currently putting together an article on structural engineering, mentioning skills shortages in India, Australia, the UK and probably other countries.
    I wondered if you would be interested in being interviewed or in writing a short article for us on the subject?
    Could you possibly get in touch to discuss the idea?
    Many thanks and best wishes,


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