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Towering Figure: 1971

Towering Figure: 1971

1971. "World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) with model of twin towers." Balthazar Korab Studios photo. View full size.

 

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According to architectural lore, Yamasaki was afraid of heights. He especially did not like to stand in front of wide plate glass windows which were broader than his outstretched arms. He designed the World Trade Center towers with their exterior steel columns placed 3'-4" on center, with a gap of only 26 inches for the windows, so that the buildings' occupants could avoid the feeling that they might fall between them. That's why I find his stance in this photograph to be quite revealing.

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