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The World Trade Center needs greater attention

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Following Louis Hellman's letter (AJ 11.10.01) it does appear that the journals have given very little coverage to the catastrophic happenings of 11 September from the point of view of the construction of the World Trade Center. A small comment from that great architect Harry Seidler was tucked away in your Astragal column (AJ 27.9.01).

An article appeared in the Daily Telegraph last week in which four men, trapped in a lift on the 50th floor, managed an incredible escape. Apparently one of the chaps, who was a window cleaner, used his squeegee to cut into the lift-shaft through layers of 2.5mm thick panels of 'synthetic partition known as sheetrock'. He gouged a hole about 30 x 45cm, enough for the men to crawl through, uncovering a layer of white tiles of a 'bathroom' wall. Thankfully they then managed to meet up with some firemen who helped them to escape. An interesting comment from one of the men: 'That man with the squeegee - he was like our guardian angel.'

What I am concerned with, however, is the building's construction. Harry Seidler's comments deserve more than to be tucked away in Astragal.

SHEagleson, Worthing West Sussex

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