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Don't give up

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Critics who believe high-rise is finished following the New York atrocity may be wide of the mark. For every Jeremiah predicting the end of the city, there are determined individuals ready to fight back. None more so than Larry Silverstein, developer/owner of the World Trade Center. 'It would be a tragedy of tragedies not to rebuild this part of New York, ' he told the Sunday Telegraph. 'It would give the terrorists the victory they seek.' The architectural firm which designed the centre is backing him in his pledge to rebuild. A spokesman for Minoru Yamasaki Associates told Sunday Business:

'To do otherwise would be an impossible monument to the victory of terrorism.' At home, Lord Rogers led the charge by roundly declaring that whatever had happened in the US, we have to remake our cities, using tall buildings to meet ever-increasing housing demand. It will be interesting to see if the optimism can be maintained, especially in view of the forthcoming public inquiry into the Heron Tower, designed by US firm KPF. If terrorism dictates what sort of cities we create, will will all, as Lord Rogers said, end up living in caves.

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