Message - Re: What Is Your Opinion On The 2 WTC Submittals?

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Posted by  Ralph on February 07, 2003 at 12:28:49:

In Reply to:  What Is Your Opinion On The 2 WTC Submittals? posted by Barry on February 06, 2003 at 13:16:14:

Some random thoughts over time, but still apply to recent selections--

Yesterday-- July 16-- 6 proposals were issued and are viewable on the web site of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.-- Each proposal has a description of the concept and a site plan.
Of course, these are very preliminary and will be refined to meet the numerous and varied requirements. But, of what has been presented, my personal choice [from here deep in Ohio] is for the Memorial Plaza concept [#1]. I like the idea of the footprints of the Towers to be preserved. In fact, some of the Tower wall sections salvaged might be placed to define those locations. I like the idea of the museum to the west, but hope it is low enough not to obstruct view into the park area, and hope a raised observation[?] area could be included to overview the Towers site.
I like the new buildings set to the surrounding areas and the new continuation of the street to re-define the east side of the footprint/park area-- provides a nice separation between functions. Also, like the idea of the promenade and as suggested in other concepts, recognition of each victim via trees along this area.
Guys! [the architects]
You just don't get it!
It is a MEMORIAL to those lost--
NOT a MONUMENT to the architects
and NOT a MONUMENTAL opporutnity for Mr. Silverstein!
Notice little-- precious little-- is said about the memorial aspect of the plans, and we see just the overbearing, clumsy atempts to fill the space. Where is grace, charm, solitude, elegance, and peace???? Why are you trying to do a commerical/industrial park, with, oh, yes, a memorial.
Re-building to new heights, and making fadish statements in architecture is NOT what this is all about. In fact, they, as they appear in these plans, is almost silly.
Can't we establish the memorial and use the office/commerical structures as an appealing, blended backdrop, which enhances and compliments the memorial?
We'll wait-- try again, all
For the reality of "architecture" [???] and the WTC site, you might check out--
Now this is a very sad commentary on this entire process, and certainly points up the lack of unity and communication, and due process and sensitivity regarding the entire process.
Note that the relatives of the survivors are never mentioned.
Also, isn't it a little presumptuous for Mr. Silverstein to make the comments and assertions about property and a project he LEASES and does not OWN??????
Will money will out?--- stay tuned!

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