Libeskind, Pataki, and Child; Photo: NY Post

The infighting between WTC redesign master planner Daniel Libeskind and tower architect David Childs get nuttier: Apparently, there was some sort of break–in at Childs' offices (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), and Childs' team thinks it was perpetrated by Libeskind staffers. Former police commissioner Howard Safir is investigating, and the Post reports a source as saying, "[Childs' team] wanted to know what happened. They were very angry and they wanted to see what was behind it and who did it." Libeskind and Childs were appeared together yesterday at the raising of the first beam at 7 WTC, which Childs designed. Governor Pataki acknowledged the architects by saying, "We have two brilliant minds, two strong personalities. I am absolutely confident that the creation of this constructive genius is going to be a Freedom Tower that the world will look at for generations to come with awe and inspiration." Libeskind and Childs again claimed they are willing to work with each other, but it seems like lip service. Ah, the egos of world class architects. Governor Pataki, you're naive to think you're going to be able to wrangle them to agree.

At the heart of the conflict is what the new tower at WTC will look like: Libeskind's and Childs' designs are dramatically different.