The World Trade Center Proposals
Proposals for reconstruction on the site of New York's World Trade Center stirred heated debate. How could architecture meet the practical needs of the City and also honor those who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001? The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which coordinated the reconstruction efforts, asked seven teams of architects and designers to prepare the proposals shown below. From these seven, the judges selected Daniel Libeskind of Studio Libeskind to head the reconstruction project.
In the years that followed, the Studio Libeskind plan changed almost beyond recognition. Plans presented by the other 6 teams are all but forgotten. The photos posted below illustrate early visions for renewal, and underscore the complexity of rebuilding from a tragedy as devastating as the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Are you wondering how these early ideas evolved? See these construction updates:
- Designing Freedom Tower
- What Are They Building on Ground Zero?
- World Trade Center Reconstruction Timeline
"Ground Zero should emerge from this tragedy as the first truly Global Center, a place where people can gather to celebrate cultural diversity in peaceful and productive coexistence. Finding the proper balance between the two main objectives of the project-Remembrance and Redevelopment-depends on the way in which investment in the public infrastructure contributes to the Renewal of Lower Manhattan. Since the level of funding will influence the design characteristics, we have developed three different planning concepts - Sky Park, The Great Room and The World Cultural Center - in order to demonstrate the impact of a range these possible levels of investment."
courtesy of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.