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NY governor calls on architects to end World Trade Center wrangling

The governor of New York has called on Daniel Libeskind and SOM's David Childs to stop squabbling over the site of the World Trade Center .

Governor Pataki demanded that the design for 'freedom tower' - a collaboration between the two architects - should be prepared for public consultation on 15 December.

Last July, the owner of the site, Larry Silverstein, appointed Childs as his own 'design architect', despite Libeskind's victory in the international competition for the project.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation immediately issued a statement, describing the move as 'a historic collaboration'.

However, rumours have been rife since Childs' appointment that the two offices have failed to reconcile their different proposals. It is understood that the SOM boss is keen to drop Libeskind's competition-winning 'asymmetrical tower' in favour of a more conventional structure.

Governor Pataki - speaking at an Association for a Better New York event - told the audience that the different parties must work together to place 'the public's interest above self interest'.

'Each of the architects bring to the project a long record of innovative work and a deep reserve of strong opinions, ' he told the meeting. 'But I am confident they will work together to produce their greatest work.'

Libeskind confirmed that he and Childs were now working together. He told the Press Association last Thursday that he was 'very optimistic' that the two of them would reach a compromise.

Pataki also insisted that the rebuilding programme 'is right on track' and demanded that all the parties involved with the project adopt a 'radical timeline' that would ensure an efficient rebuilding programme. And he gave a hint of the proposals drawn up by the collaboration between the two architects. 'We have expanded the site, created more open space, and, most importantly, we have preserved the sanctity of the footprints, ' he said.

Pataki also announced that the shortlist in the competition for the memorial would be revealed on 17 November.

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