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Freedom Tower

Source:
Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable
Author(s):
John AytoJohn Ayto, Ian CroftonIan Crofton

Freedom Tower. 

The planned replacement for the twin towers of the World Trade Center, New York City, destroyed in the terrorist attack of 9/11. The design, by Daniel Libeskind, consists of a group of angular towers, the highest, a needle-like structure, reaching 541 m (a symbolic 1776 feet, in homage to the date of America's Declaration of Independence). It won a competition held by developer Larry Silverstein, leaseholder of the site, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the land. Libeskind left the project after Silverstein brought in another architect, David Childs. Controversy continued in May 2005 when billionaire property tycoon Donald Trump said the design ‘looks like a junkyard’ and continued: ‘It is the worst pile of crap architecture I've ever seen in my life.’