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With Hurricane Irene (maybe, possibly, fingers-crossed-it-won’t) headed straight for New York City, almost every precaution is being taken. People are stocking up on supplies like pet raincoats and booze, the M.T.A. is on lockdown and construction sites across the city are closed, with contractors directed to remove or secure everything that could potentially become a projectile in the event of high winds. This includes the biggest construction site in the city, the World Trade Center.
The timing could not be worse, as the hurricane could hit Sunday, exactly two weeks before the 9/11 Memorial is set to open.
The moody designer of the World Trade Center Memorial came across as chastened and media-coached this morning at yet another Ground Zero ceremony (this one to mark “construction of the footings for the memorial,” although in reality only “excavation work to build the foundations” began).
“I’m very gratified to be here today,” he Read More
Memorial designer Michael Arad goes public with his battle against “them” in this week’s New York:
“I have no choice but to fight them every step of the way,” says Arad. “I can’t tell you how many other stupid ideas have been proposed over the last two years.”
The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation came out with a press release formally acknowledging the new, higher estimates for Michael Arad’s design, as reported this morning, and breaking out the $300 million infrastructure separately. In fact, the release never mentions the figure $300 million:
[T]he Foundation and by extension, its private donors, should Read More
Ground Zero memorial designer Michael Arad is pushing to gain total control of the project’s $350 million budget, as well as the power to personally hire construction and engineering firms, determine the treatment of the western slurry wall that was a feature of architect Daniel Libeskind’s plan for the site, and make all long-term scheduling Read More
An architect who lives in the East Village and works for the city Housing Authority has won the competition to design the memorial at the World Trade Center site to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
His proposal turns the footprints of the fallen Twin Towers into two large reflective pools, each sunken 30 Read More