Richard Gage, AIA, has come to the AIA convention on an unusual mission: to convince architects to demand a new investigation into why the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.

Gage and those who have joined his three-year-old group, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, believe that the skyscrapers collapsed due to pre-planted explosives, not fire. “The official story that has been given to us is missing key elements,” he told me. “All of the evidence matches up to support the hypothesis of controlled demolition.”

Gage, a California architect, told me about his group during my "Meet the Editor" session today at the McGraw-Hill booth. Typically, folks stop by the booth to discuss new buildings or new products. This guy really surprised me.

Gage says he doesn’t know who would have planted the explosives, or why, but he says “somebody has something big to hide.” His group would like to see an independent investigation led by scientists, architects, engineers and other professionals culled from around the world. 

If you want to hear more about his hypothesis – and his evidence – his group has a booth at the convention (#2609).  Also, Gage will speak at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 2, at the Westin Market Street Hotel, in the Franciscan Room.