“The architect Renzo Piano said on Thursday that he supported plans by officials of The New York Times to alter the facade of the newspaper’s year-old tower, which he designed, to prevent people from scaling the veil of ceramic rods that sheathe the tower, as three men have done in the past five weeks….
“’….I’m frankly quite worried about this new fashion of going up on buildings,’ Mr. Piano said in the interview. ‘This is what I call an inappropriate use of the building.”
“Mr. Piano said of the tower: ‘It was built to be responsive to design after 9/11. The big challenge was to make a building that is not like a fortress, but that is transparent, and open to the city.’ He added, ‘This problem of climbers is honestly something we didn’t think about.’”
Architect Supports Changes to Times Tower
By SEWELL CHAN – July 11, 2008
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