There is urgency at Ground Zero. Urgency to clear out all that remains of the collapsed Twin Towers. Urgency to recover the lost, and urgency to know what comes next. Nobody wants an empty crater, a gaping, glaring monument to uncertainty. But nobody wants to rush, either. For some, rebuilding is an economic imperative: to reconnect the wires and the cables and the corridors of a functioning Lower Manhattan. For others, rebuilding is the best revenge; a louder, more lasting response to the destruction that came on September 11th. For all involved, it’s an architectural quest to combine form and function in a way that honors the dead while reminding the living that there is also honor, in moving on. A monumental challenge.
Michael J. Lewis, Chair of the Art Department at Williams College
Max Protetch, owner of The Max Protetch Gallery in New York
Eric Lipton, reporter for the New York Times
and Marilyn Taylor, chairman of Skidmore Owings and Merrill architectural firm, and one of the leaders of New York, New Visions.