Additional Note: I also seriously doubt the planners were oblivious to it's striking similarities to our historical tragedy. I don't doubt for a moment that it isn't beneath the Korean government to cook up such a design to provoke our sentiments while having the convenience of feigning ignorance and dreaming up some bullsh*t about "a cloud-like vision" blah blah blah.
Wait what? Again North Korea and South Korea are two different countries. N. Korea can't keep the electricity on in the few urban apartments they have built (plus feed most of its population) let alone commission an European design house to come up with these plans let alone raise the funds to build it and maintain it or have enough of the elite to live in them. S. Korea has one of the highest GDPs in the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...y_GDP_(nominal)
Obama and the Lee Myung-Bak the president of S. Korea supposedly have a 'special bond'
That's really bizarre you would think the S. Korean government is trying to provoke the US unless you're also confusing S and N Korea and/or you think many countries are just inherently anti-American.
Also, since S. Korea isn't a communist or centralized government the apartment complexes that the 'Cloud Towers' design is for were commissioned by and are going to be built by a private developer, not the government and not through public funds.
I feel like this is splitting into 3 separate threads...
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.” ― Oscar Wilde
Also, seriously about the Cloud Towers, maybe its all online buzz but when I read this article a while ago my reaction was I doubt the developer's decision is going to hinge on whether a foreign language newspaper suggests lots of English speaking people who live in another country and can't even buy an apartment in the towers think the design is vaguely offensive. And that's the way it should be. It really is a reach. The design for the apartments in Seoul is not that different from this:
Are people going to boycott the London Olympics now or is the UK an obvious enough "ally" of the US that they get a pass?
The idea that a Dutch (okay so it wasn't Scandinavian) design firm would purposely design a day of 9/11 building to be built in a country on the other side of the world is just bizarre. I highly doubt it was intentional.
Now if you were to say "it looks provocative enough that the design firm should have known better".
I'm actually going to have to quote @The Outsider on this, the world (of design) doesn't revolve around 9/11 or any other singular tragedy or celebration. It is a really unoriginal, even common design element to link buildings together with utilitarian or just decorative bridges. Petronas Towers in Singapore is just one modern example. Clouds are an organic shape and easily accessible design inspiration and it make sense to incorporate clouds into the design for a skyscraper or other tall structure. Like the Cloud Towers for the London Olympics. Yes, these are also called some variation of 'Cloud Tower' that's how obvious of a design element 'clouds' in tall spaces are.
To me this is kinda like seeing a phallic symbol whenever you see a [xxx] object. Is there a similarity? "Look this pen is a penis!" "My finger is a penis" "This licorice stick is a penis!" Granted, if you were constantly shouting this in my face while shaking said phallic object in my face I might start getting pissed and also go :ack: But, in general, if someone were to make the connection to an object and referred to it as phallic on the connection itself my reaction is
Basically for me, the claim "this building is reminiscent of 9/11" is tenuous at best. It's not strong enough of a reason to not build the Cloud Tower in Seoul. Or to decry the design and say it should not be built on "moral grounds". What moral grounds?