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Aerial View of the National 9/11 Memorial

Early Plans for the Reflecting Absence Memorial

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This aerial view shows the architects' vision for a September 11 memorial.
Aerial View of the World Trade Center Memorial as planned in 2004

Aerial View of the World Trade Center Memorial as planned in 2004

Renderings by Squared Design Lab / Courtesy of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
Architect Michael Arad worked with landscape architect Peter Walker for several years to develop a design for the National 9/11 Memorial. Their plans were revised many times, but the original concept remains: waterfalls tumble into a void, symbolizing all that was lost in the terrorist attacks.

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