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NY revisited

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The year 2003 is bound to focus (again) on New York, as the international competition to 'remember, rebuild and renew' after 11 September comes to some sort of conclusion.

It will take place against a backdrop of economic concerns, which have already claimed one major architectural victim: Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum proposal for a prominent East River site. (The Guggenheim seems to be in trouble - the much-vaunted Las Vegas outlet has 'gone dark', staff cutbacks are under way, as are programme budgets). As for the Ground Zero site, not everyone in New York has been as impressed as architectural critics across the world. A columnist in the New York Post, Nicole Gelinas, wonders what exactly the programme and its resultant designs are all about.

What are they supposed to be remembering, rebuilding and renewing? 'We can't fault the architects for coming up with weird answers when we didn't ask the right questions, ' she says.

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