Posted by William Stratas on September 06, 2003 at 06:03:24:
In Reply to: Re: One owl to another posted by Obvious on July 15, 2003 at 04:27:40:
Hello Obvious --
Factual correction needed. Libeskind DID acknowledge that his open sunken plain was to be used for a subsequent memorial. This was part of his speech and notes in the presentation of the first round of site plan proposals in December. He never stated that the emptiness of the 4.7 sunken acres was intended as his memorial plan. The other site plan submissions (United, Foster, et al.) also had open voids or other undefined areas for subsequent memorial presentation.
As regards the victim family demands for zero redevelopment of the site from bedrock to infinity -- many people in authority have to listen politely to such emotional demands, but of course none of that will transpire. Now this week (2nd anniversary) those families are planning a site protest. Way to go, what a spectacle. Just remember that those are a minority and that many sensible people have split away from these irrational advocates, and are working with authorities for the best result in balance for all the competing factors that play into these decisions. You have to conclude, by any measure, that 4.7 acres out of 16 acres of the entire former WTC superblock, is a very significant assignment of space for memory of the event and its victims.
It's going to be a superb result, I am sure. How the jury is managing, wouldn't we all like to know. I am in contact with many other competitors and we are all ACHING to discuss the details and interpretations of this fascinating challenge. I have a PDF of my artboard (directly from source Illustrator file) all set to release, when the confidentiality period is over. Check my pending site at http://wtc.planetcast.com/. Best wishes to all!!
-- William Stratas / Toronto
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