"Seek Stability, Embrace Change"
The attack on
the World Trade Center signaled the beginning of a war on international
anarchy, in much the same way the attack on Pearl Harbor signaled
the beginning of a world wide battle against Fascism.
And this is
the unique challenge facing a Memorial designed not at the conclusion,
but in the midst of battle- how to honor the past before its history
has been written? Memorials by their very nature are static - indeed,
memorials seek closure with the past, allowing the living to move
on, and society time to absorb the lessons of history. But those
lessons are still being written, and the losses have only begun.
Submission embraces change with respect, stability with inclusion.
Visually, the site is split between the "past" and the
"future", between loss and hope, between public and private,
between concrete and grass, between static and dynamic, and between
the immutable and transitory. The design extends beyond the footprint
of the WTC to the NYC skyline, changing with the day and the decade-
the most vibrant city in the world sustaining a monument that is
both alive and responsive to its environment.
But the Memorial
will always recall these tragic events with grace and power.
Goals: This proposal integrates the stated goals
of the commission with the additional theme of change and stability.
The memorial can accommodate large crowds and special occasions,
yet is filled with numerous private niches for personal reflection.
In addition, the design makes tangible those images burned into
our collective subconscious during the iconic, short history of
September 11th. Such powerful images include the tortured envelope
of the original WTC rising from the ashes, the somber empty bathtub
with its simple geometric ramp, the "Missing" posters
and the passionate focus on individual loss. The slurry walls are
kept free of ornamentation, the bathtub left starkly open, the footprints
preserved for a new mission, and the monument arranged as a story
through time and space.
each individual who was a victim of the attacks
 An area for quiet visitation
 An area for families and loved ones of victims
 Final resting-place for the unidentified remains from the
 Make visible the footprints of the original World Trade
 Acknowledge all those who aided in rescue, recovery and
Narrative and Circulation:
Although the Memorial can be accessed from more than six directions,
the primary entrance and the first chapter in the story of September
11th is along the ramp on Liberty and West, called the DESCENT.
The Descent passes along and through reclaimed exterior panels and
rubble from the WTC towers- reminding the visitor of the horrible
destruction on that day. The ramp leads down and along the exposed
"bathtub" wall- and is directly aligned with the corner
of the north footprint of the Trade Center containing the memorial
case for the youngest of the victims. Visitors can circulate on
the bare concrete floor to the left, taking the stairs to bedrock,
or enter the GARDEN OF MEMORIES . Within the Garden are memory
cases for each victim , containing personal items bringing their
lives and our loss into focus. At the center of the Garden is the
ETERNAL FLAME, guarding the TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN's remains . The
Garden is both the formal and personal center of the Memorial 
Leaving the Garden, the visitor follows the Descent back to the
HANDS OF HONOR Memorial, recognizing the professional guardians
and volunteers  whose bravery and dedication counterbalanced
the despair over the terrorist attacks. Those visitors who desire
more detailed information on the history of the event and recent
progress against anarchy, can take the escalators up to the Museums
of Culture. Then, with the story of the destruction, loss and renewal
complete, the visitor returns to the memorial and walks across the
concrete floor to a grassy area dedicated to the future. Here, they
can visit the SANCTUM, where family members may gather   in
a quiet and supportive environment. Finally, they can pause to contemplate
the meaning of their visit by resting on the ASCENT  beneath
the waterfall and above the reflecting pond- looking back into the
"past". The Ascent is illuminated by the 1776 Tower mirrors.
Five times daily, at the moment of each attack, reflected light
is passed from the Memorial, across the horizon, and into the sky.
Final selection of materials,
colors, lighting placement, etc. must be coordinated with
Libeskind design. Grooves cut in the concrete slab delineate
patterns of activity and memorial directions. Paths through
the grassy area will be constructed to match the wear pattern
from actual traffic flow.