(above) Lower Manhattan, ink drawing by LW, 1999.
The following is an excerpt from an interview made by Geoff Manaugh and published on BLDGBLOG:
BLDGBLOG: First, could you explain the origins of the Lower Manhattan [see larger size] image?
Lebbeus Woods: This was one of those occasions when I got a request from a magazine – which is very rare. In 1999, Abitare was making a special issue on New York City, and they invited a number of architects – like Steven Holl, Rafael Viñoly, and, oh god, I don’t recall. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Michael Sorkin. Myself. They invited us to make some sort of comment about New York. So I wrote a piece – probably 1000 words, 800 words – and I made the drawing.
I think the main thought I had, in speculating on the future of New York, was that…
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