Posted by lavardera on September 18, 2002 at 10:28:46:
In Reply to: Re: WTC: General Observations posted by Paul Malo on September 18, 2002 at 09:52:15:
No, I don't agree with your projection of the fallout of attention span. I don't know if it would be poignant in five years, but if it was not, I suppose you could build then rather than now when it is evidently poignant. All the same the site does not have to be empty to evoke a poignant response. New Yorkers encountering it day to day probably will, and should, become accostomed to it. In that much I agree that the return to life as normal is a testimonial to the victims. But the overlay of an experience directed at the many ancestors of people affected by the event and others who come from afar is possible as well if you are thoughtful about what happens there, and how it happens. That is the design problem at hand, not the debate I hear.
What gets recoreded in books, I wish that could be reliable memory, but in any case it is not an experience of the individual wishing to connect with this event, only a recording of facts and opinions. There is just no comparison. And I really don't care how it makes the terrorists feel good or bad - that has to be the lowest priority of concerns with dealing with the site.
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