Jessica Dailey

What Ever Happened to Daniel Libeskind's Original WTC Freedom Tower Design?

by , 09/11/11
filed under: Architecture, New York City

daniel libeskind, wtc design, memory foundations, daniel libeskind wtc design, world trade center, 911 memorial, 911 design, world trade center design

With the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks just a few days away, all eyes are on the World Trade Center site. The National 9/11 Memorial will open this Sunday, and One World Trade Center will be completed by 2013, both designs the product of international competitions. In 2003, Daniel Libeskind’s ‘Memory Foundations‘ won the competition for the new towers, but what we’re seeing rise on Ground Zero is not, in fact, the famed architect’s original vision.

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2 Comments

  1. Liberal AND Proud August 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

    What happened to Daniel Libeskind’s original design?

    George Pataki. That’s what happened.

  2. lazyreader September 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Of course not, many engineers said that his design was structurally impossible. Since the original proposal, the plan has undergone numerous redesigns in order to appease safety regulations and engineering guidelines. The upper portion of the building will be impossible to build. ith the development of new computer software programs like Automatic Computer Aided Design, the prospect of designing a skyscraper is highly accessible. Anyone whose just taken a year of architect school can teach themselves and design building without having to know anything about engineering crucial to keep it safe and standing.

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