Ground Zero: And then there were two

August 11, 2010

On Monday evening, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey narrowed the field of World Trade Center site design concepts under consideration from nine to two — a design by Studio Daniel Libeskind and a design called World Cultural Center, developed by THINK.

According to the LMDC, these design concepts will now undergo further review and modification over the next several weeks to address issues raised by the analysis. By the end of February, a single design concept and its underlying transportation, infrastructure and land use plan will be selected, providing a core vision for the future of the World Trade Center site. The design concept will be further refined and modified in response to further analysis and public comment.

On December 18, 2002, nine designs for the site were released. Each design was subjected to rigorous analysis based on a combination of factors, including feasibility, context for the memorial, phasing and public comment collected during an unprecedented outreach campaign, "Plans in Progress." Although all of the designs had many positive elements, the THINK and Libeskind design concepts best satisfied the criteria, according to LMDC.

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, "We are now in a position to move forward on some of the most significant decisions for the site — identifying space for an appropriate memorial to the heroes of September 11, and identifying a transportation, infrastructure and land use plan that will commit us to the construction of a world-class transportation hub, as well as site development, to spark the rebirth of Lower Manhattan."

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