PRINT Summer 1993


Andrew Ross' Weather Report

THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING contributed only a few images to the media memory banks; the rest was left to the imagination, aided, perhaps, by Towering Inferno. The images showed office workers caked in soot, partially asphyxiated, and looking like the victims of some environmental Yet it was less the bombing than the building itself that had been an ecological catastrophe.

The Twin Towers are not a smart building. The bombing easily neutralized their computerized command-and-control facilities (Die Hard y’all), proving them incapable of protecting their occupants. Indeed, in some ways the building’s structure endangered further the lives of its workers, entrapping and almost entombing them like a high-tech version of the malevolent house in the Gothic novel. And, like most sealed high-rise office towers, this was already an environmentally “sick” space, with concentrated indoor air

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