Today, New Yorkers and Americans are remembering the past, but it’s just as important to realize how far we’ve come on our path to recovery since that fateful day on September 11, 2001.  To commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and to show the strides we’ve made since then, EarthCam has released this beautiful time-lapse video of the construction of One World Trade Center, and we really think it’s worth a watch. Seeing the tower rise from virtual nothingness to its majestic status as the tallest building in New York City in just a few moments certainly puts our progress into a new perspective.

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The World Trade Center complex, which includes the One World Trade Center tower and the 9/11 Memorial, was not only constructed to pay tribute to those we lost, but is also a beacon of sustainability. From its complicated inception, the complex was slated for LEED Gold certification, with the goal of being a net-zero complex. Combining sustainable practices with modern technologies, the World Trade Center program became the largest green project in New York and is an inspiration for green design as well as a memorial for our city. The $3.9 billion project has also become the most expensive skyscraper in New York, and is scheduled to be completed by late 2013 or early 2014, barring any future financial delays.

The EarthCam video shows the gorgeous structure’s progress, filmed from February 2010 to September 2012. Compiling different vantage points and web cams, the video shows not only the rise of the symbolic structure, but also the beauty of the New York harbor.