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    Intresting points.

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    From the Wall Street Journal Opinion Page:

    FOR THE RECORD

    A Fitting Place at Ground Zero
    The International Freedom Center will respect the victims of 9/11.

    BY RICHARD J. TOFEL
    Thursday, June 9, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT

    A year ago tomorrow, a new institution called the International Freedom Center was formally designated by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. as one of the four cultural institutions for the World Trade Center site, all to be operated under the aegis of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.

    But some ask why such an institution--including museum exhibition spaces, an educational and cultural center already boasting commitments from nine of New York City's, the nation's and the world's leading universities, and a robust service and civic engagement program all devoted to advancing the cause of freedom--should be placed at Ground Zero. It is a serious question, and it deserves a thoughtful response.

    The answer can be found in our society's proudest traditions and its deepest aspirations.

    First, of course, the World Trade Center site must include a fitting and powerful memorial. And so it will. Michael Arad and Peter Walker's "Reflecting Absence" will transform the footprints of both of the Towers into "voids," each nearly an acre in size, and including perhaps the largest continuous man-made waterfalls in the world, surrounded by a veritable forest in the middle of the nation's third-largest business district. The Memorial will dominate the site, and provide its soul.

    Then there will be the Memorial Center, a museum devoted to the events of September 11 itself, with exhibit space roughly equal in size to that at the International Freedom Center. The Memorial Center will tell the stories of the day--of heroism and sacrifice, of rescue and service, of courage and resolution, of memory and loss. It is the Memorial Center that will contain the iconic artifacts of September 11.

    That is necessary, but not sufficient.

    As envisioned in Daniel Libeskind's master plan for the site's redevelopment, the International Freedom Center's building will serve as a buffer between the sacred Memorial and the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city, including the thousands of people who will move each day in and out of Santiago Calatrava's spectacular new transit hub.

    But the International Freedom Center itself will do much more than that. It will serve as a complement to the Memorial, bringing a universal "narrative of hope" to a place where hope is imperative.



    In a world awash in so-called watershed moments, September 11, 2001, was the beginning of a new era, the end of what President Bush called the post-Cold War "sabbatical." Many of the meanings and lessons of September 11 will not be fully clear for years, but as the president reminded us in his second inaugural address, "We have seen our vulnerability--and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny--prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder--violence will gather, and multiply in destructive power, and cross the most defended borders, and raise a mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom."

    Freedom, we have learned time and again, is not a gift from our parents to be put on a shelf and admired. It requires work in our own time, work each of us can do and all of us must do.

    Nor is the story of freedom one which began in America--or one that can end here. Ambassador Martin Palous, who fought for freedom in his own Czechoslovakia, now serves the free Czech Republic, and is also one of the more than 35 scholars of freedom who have advised the International Freedom Center, put it this way:

    "9/11 is a story of courage, hope, and freedom: the courage to make the decision to go into the buildings to save someone, the hope to start anew after disaster, the wish to base our society on free will in the context of a pluralistic public sphere. It was a moment of truth in the story of freedom, and it connects the United States with democratic revolutions around the world, which share this quality of believing in the possibility of new beginnings." Out of the tragedy of September 11 came a renewed civic spirit, and the International Freedom Center will work to sustain that. This is work that can unite people of goodwill everywhere.

    To be sure, the International Freedom Center will host debates and note points of view with which you--and I--will disagree. But that is the point, the proof of our society's enduring self-confidence and humanity. Moreover, the International Freedom Center will rise above the politics of the moment. It will not exist to precisely define "freedom" or to tell people what to think, but to get them to think--and to act in the service of freedom as they see it. And it will always do so in a manner respectful of the victims of September 11.



    Judge Learned Hand may have put it best in the speech he gave in a New York City park during one of freedom's darkest hours, in the midst of another generation's greatest test: "The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the mind of other men and women."

    Ground Zero is precisely the right place to make this stand and leave a legacy for our children and generations to come. No less than Abraham Lincoln told us so, and at no less a place than Gettysburg. One hundred and forty-two years later, many Americans remember what was done there, but nearly all know what was said there. Lincoln did not speak at Gettysburg of Little Round Top or Pickett's Charge. He talked about the future, and here is what he said:

    "It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom."

    Mr. Tofel is president of the International Freedom Center.

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    Freedom, we have learned time and again, is not a gift from our parents to be put on a shelf and admired. It requires work in our own time, work each of us can do and all of us must do.
    Once again, the WSJ pushes the complete misrepresentation that 9/11 was about Freedom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyo
    Once again, the WSJ pushes the complete misrepresentation that 9/11 was about Freedom.

    "From the Wall Street Journal Opinion Page"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninjahedge
    "From the Wall Street Journal Opinion Page"

    Of course its an opinion...as is mine. To me, someone who fundamentally doesn't get what 9/11 was all about should not be taken seriously.

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    "Freedom" Tower? International "Freedom" Center? Given how deeply cynical and anti-democratic the failing LMDC process has been, this is so much Orwellian nonsense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyo
    Once again, the WSJ pushes the complete misrepresentation that 9/11 was about Freedom.
    They're so caught up in their opinions they rarely have time for fact. Their opinioins are party line, never vary, are usually illogical and too often nonsensical.

    Anyway, why can't it just be called "Anti-Evildoers Park and Pavilion for the Preservation of Righteous Christian Values and the Recollection of People Who are Heroes Simply for Being Employed at the WTC on September 11th, 2001"? Is that too much to ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRider
    They're so caught up in their opinions they rarely have time for fact. Their opinioins are party line, never vary, are usually illogical and too often nonsensical.

    Anyway, why can't it just be called "Anti-Evildoers Park and Pavilion for the Preservation of Righteous Christian Values and the Recollection of People Who are Heroes Simply for Being Employed at the WTC on September 11th, 2001"? Is that too much to ask?
    Yes.


    The plaque would be too big.

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    NY POST

    N.Y. POLS: AX MUSEUM AT 9/11 SITE

    By IAN BISHOP Post Correspondent



    July 1, 2005 -- WASHINGTON

    New York Republican lawmakers are warning the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to kill plans for the International Freedom Center at Ground Zero or face the wrath of Congress.

    "The principle that should be adhered to is a simple one: On the ground once occupied by the World Trade Center, we should craft a memorial for those killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11," Reps. Vito Fossella (R-S.I.), Peter King (R-L.I.) and John Sweeney (R-Saratoga) wrote in a letter sent to the LMDC yesterday.

    The lawmakers set a July 11 deadline for pulling the plug on the International Freedom Center art museum the day Congress returns from its Fourth of July holiday recess.

    If plans aren't changed by then, "We will be forced to seek appropriate legislative actions and remedies," lawmakers warned.


    The federal government has ponied up about $300 million in community-development grants to help pay for the memorial and redevelopment of the 16-acre Ground Zero site.

    LMDC officials have not yet seen the congressmen's letter, but spokeswoman Joanna Rose said, "We're in discussion with the International Freedom Center to ensure their programming is respectful of the [Freedom Center] museum."

    News of congressional action delighted Bill Doyle and a host of other 9/11 families, but they still plan to flood the White House with calls and faxes today.

    "The only way we're going to get this is to keep it in the spotlight," he said.

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    The up-side to this is that it could mean more open space in that quadrant of the WTC site --

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    I don't see what is wrong with building the Freedom Center. Can someone please explain to me why they want to pull the plug on the project. I would really appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyboy
    I don't see what is wrong with building the Freedom Center. Can someone please explain to me why they want to pull the plug on the project. I would really appreciate it.
    I don't understand it either. Just because the previous WTC didn't have culture why should the redevelopment likewise be doomed not to. The argument that there should be a memorial and museum to those who died is unfounded because there will be a memorial and a museum there to those who died.

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    If this building gets cancelled, I don't think much will be lost on the site as a whole. While I really like the Freedom Center building, I don't think it fits the location, and I don't think the Freedom Center Museum is worthy cultural center.

    The building doesn't interact with the planned Freedom Tower or the PATH station. And I think its reasonable to say it probaby won't have much of a relation to the building Gehry is designing either. Also the flow of the site is disrupted between those three buildings (FT, transit hub, & Gehry building) and the memorial by the rather bulky Freedom Center.

    Plus the function of the building is rediculous. International Freedom Center??? Please, no. No more talk of Freedom at the site. 9-11 wasn't about Freedom. And we don't need a museum to display freedom.

    That being said, the Drawing Center was also suppose to be in this building, no? I'm sure an alternate location can be found on site if we look hard enough - there's room for millions of unleased office square footage planned.

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