New World Trade Centre Design

Kovac, T 2008, New World Trade Centre Design, (Creative Work : Design/architecture).

Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title New World Trade Centre Design
Author(s) Kovac, T
Year 2008
Type of work Design/architecture
Outlet Architectures Non Standard, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Dates 10 December 2003 - 1 March 2004
Medium Computer aided designs, wooden model
Exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Architectures Non Standard 2003-04, this project was initially developed for an invited architectural exhibition for alternative designs of a new World Trade Centre in New York.

Tom Kovac's design used an advanced software technique known as an 'efficiency web' to map complex topological relationships between organisations and humans in the previous World Trade Centre. The results illustrated dynamic spiralling inclining spaces. This contrasts with a conventional geometrical understanding of space and the consequent design is imagined as a unique surface that could alter continuously in shape and size, providing endless architectural variation. Therefore, the memorial to loss is not monolithic but permeated with public space and programmes.

An essay by Kovac about this design was published in the book accompanying the touring AIA and Max Protetch exhibition. It was exhibited in Architectures Non Standard at the Centre Pompidou, 2003, curated by Frédéric Migayrou and Zeynep Mennan. Following the exhibition, Kovac's design entered the Centre Pompidou permanent collection and is also represented in the permanent collection holdings of the American National Library of Congress. The design was featured in publications including: Imagining Ground Zero edited by Suzanne Stephens, Ian Luna and Ron Broadhurst; 10x10_2 published by Phaidon Press and edited by Miquel Adria, Julia Hasting, Alberto Campo Baeza and Kurt W. Forster; and Mastering Architecture: Becoming a Creative Innovator by Leon Van Schaik. International media coverage of the design includes: CBS in the USA; Der Speigel, Germany and leading Australian newspapers. The design was exhibited at two international architecture biennales: Venice (2002) and Beijing (2004)."
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