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While We're Talking Libeskind

Though his grand (and grandiose) scheme for the World Trade Center hasn't panned out as initially planned, Libeskind has nevertheless flipped his "brand" into a series of global, high-profile projects. Praising his efforts in Berlin as a risky venture ("emotionally charged architecture usually fails") Bloomberg asks: "Now the same visual gestures are applied to shopping centers and college buildings. If they don't usefully transform what goes on inside, aren't they just jazzy visual gestures?" Says Libeskind: "It's my language ... It's people identifying with my language and seeing it as meaningful.'' Argue that one, journo. [Bloomberg]

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