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Twist of fate

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A good story buried in the Evening Standard was by Mira Bar-Hillel, who recalled a curious coincidence concerning the architect of the World Trade Center, Minoru Yamasaki. It was he who also designed the ill-fated Pruitt-Igoe social housing scheme in St Louis, which proved so unsuccessful that it had to be demolished within a decade of its completion. Charles Jencks described the demolition as marking 'the end of Modernism'.

The curiosity, of course, being that the architect's two most prominent building ended up being destroyed by man, the photographs of their demolition providing the same graphic image.

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