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Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures The Architecture and Development of New York City with Andrew S. Dolkart
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Part of the expansion of New York in the 1960s and early 1970s was the construction of the World Trade Center towers, which were built to top the Empire State Building and be the world's tallest buildings. These were buildings that carried on the idea of the skyscraper as an iconic image of the city. They became a powerful symbol of New York to people all over the world who identified these towers with the city, probably because they're very tall and because there were two of them. But from the point of view of architecture, they do not really move it forward in any great direction. They were never considered notable works of architecture; they were considered more iconic images. And now, since their tragic destruction, they even more consciously have become an icon of New York.

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