Posted by Paul Dremann on September 11, 2002 at 13:41:42:
Today as we celebrate year one, so many people were drawn to the bottom of the pit. There a circular form with the center set at 'ground zero' attracted us.
Then, listening to the families saying that that area is 'sacred' and should never be 'built upon' may be the direction we should head in our quest to 'replace' the WTC complex.
Perhaps they are correct. No 'building' may be the best answer to 'what to build there...' Perhaps the center of a grassy/garden area could be a memorial circular in form, where visiters could walk around within it seeing names of those that perished on polished walls. Perhaps from there they wouldn't see the surrounding scape of the city. At the very center a 'flame'( by day) and a 'beam'( by night) to say we hold this space forever free of anymore turmoil.
Thousands of people would visit and respect the site far mor than some commercial building or group of them to the 'same end'.
Architects should defer their natural juices to 'rebuild'. Rather they should seek a solution that would be best for the victim's families.
I see a full 16 Acres in fine grass and a few choice gardens. The overall shape would be 'concave', i.e. a gentle gradual drop in elevation of about 50 feet toward the center. At the center a circular concept. A wall of the "innocents' (names incribed) easily accessed by a path, then at the very center a sculptural work having elements of the towers, as well as an 'eternal' flame by day and a powerful light beam aimed straight up by night.
Really, that's all we need there. No new edifice required.
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