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Frank Gehry dropped from World Trade Centre job

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Frank Gehry’s vision for a performing arts venue at the World Trade Centre in New York has been abandoned

The performing arts centre board has officially shelved the 85 year-old architect’s towering box-like design almost ten years after it was adopted.

Gehry’s vision – estimated to cost £245 million – was part of Daniel Libeskind’s 2003 masterplan to rebuild the world-famous Manhattan site.

The project was however delayed by funding difficulties and the slow delivery of the district’s Santiago Calatrava-designed transport hub.

The venue’s board has now decided to scrap Gehry’s scheme and shortlist three, unnamed practices to design its successor – reported The New York Times.

Chair John Zuccotti said: ‘We’re in the process of selecting a new architect. Three architectural firms are being considered.’

The change of direction follows the appointment of a new president for the proposed facility, Maggie Boepple.

Gehry claimed Boepple failed to appreciate the value of his work and that he had heard ‘zero at ground zero’ regarding the decision to seek a new architect.

He said: ‘She says I build models. She doesn’t have a clue as to what I do or how I do it. It’s fine. It’s a new group. They should do what they want. I don’t want to go where I’m not wanted.’

Plans for the centre have now been refined. Boepple did not respond to Gehry’s comments but said: ‘When the design architect is chosen, we know exactly how we want the interior of the building to work.’

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  • Alex Seymour

    No doubt Gehry's stand against Israel's settlement building and his withdrawal from the ;Museum of Tolerance' project that is obliterating an historic (and sacred) Muslim cemetery in occupied Jerusalem has something to do with the decision.

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  • I wonder, what are Maggie Boepple's credentials?

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  • I BELIEVE that Alex Seymour could be RIGHT!

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  • So many poor buildings going up in NYC at the moment, let's hope that this isn't going to be yet another.

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  • Sadly this looks like a political decision

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  • It's a shame that decisions regarding projects by highly successful and respected architects are subjected, even retroactively, to their(rightly so) criricism of Israel's violence and ethnic cleansing and massacres of Palestinians, whereas the role played by Israeli architects in supporting and abeding that violence and occupation/the design of the colonies in the OPT and the planning of a "matrix" of territorial domination/ never comes up for discussion,,,,

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