Ben Nicholson The World Who Wants It?

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The World Who Wants It?

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This volume concerns political satire on current events.

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The World Who Wants It? proposes a concrete plan, albeit satirical, for establishing world peace. Set in the near present, the $100 billion that has been pledged by the United States to address the world's wrongs is used to advocate consumptive constraint and to seek new American values, thus lessening the fury of the Third World against America's apparent wastage, misuse of resources, vice and militaristic bombast. In this vision of a new world order, international policy largely focuses on the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem so as to accomodate all the hopes and aspirations of the three Abrahamic faiths - Christianity, Islam, Judaism.

The starting point for Ben Nicholson's restructuring of the world is the destruction of the World Trade Center, which purported, given its name, to suggest that the building was the center of world trade. When the towers were destroyed they took along with them a myriad of links and responsibilities that course throughout the globe, touching every aspect of life. It is ultimately immaterial what the shape and size of the rebuilt World Trade Center will be, unless the whole world is simultaneously rethought and restructured along with the reconstruction. What, then, would the new world order be?

About the Author:

Ben Nicholson is is assistant professor of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. His previous work includes 'The Appliance House', MIT Press, contributions to 'A New World Trade Center: Design Proposals', Max Protetch, and '10 x 10: 10 Critics, 100 Architects', Phaidon Press.

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