Daniel Libeskind’s story is the stuff of myth: the son of Holocaust survivors, his first sight of America was of the Statue of Liberty. He drew on his passion for American ideals of freedom and democracy when designing plans for a new World Trade Center, a 1,776-foot jagged tower, reaching into the sky, protecting, marking, and celebrating the sacred ground by its side.
His design for a memorial, the pit ringed by its unshakable concrete walls, touched a nerve among the victims’ families. But not everyone agrees that a rebuilt World Trade Center should be a memorial above all. And not everyone agrees that such avant garde, spectacular architecture is the right kind of design for a 21st century America.
Robert Campbell, Architecture Critic for The Boston Globe
James S. Russell, Editor-at-Large for Architectural Record.