Over at BLDGBLOG Geoff Manaugh writes in “Inhaling 9/11” about the broad range of toxins inhaled by NYC residents during and since 9/11, and what has rained back down on the surrounding area to enter the soil and waterways. Reflecting on the amount of dangerous material [understatement] released into the air as the buildings were pulverized, Manaugh asks,
“Were different and earlier forms of pulverized architecture somehow safer to breathe? In fact, if I can be excused a brief moment of contextually inappropriate speculation, would it be possible to impregnate buildings with good things â€“ with good chemicals: with vitamins and medicines and even seeds â€“ so that future 9/11s release beneficial plumes and so that the inhalation of architectural smoke is no longer catastrophic?”
A thought-provoking question to say the least, seeing as how – in the end – don’t all buildings fall down either by design or by accident?
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