In my article, The Incongruity of Mourning and the 9/11 Memorial, we discussed how to create an appropriate memorial for the World Trade Center loss.
Last week we received updated news the Ground Zero World Trade Center site would be re-built using invisible buildings that blend into the sky, reflect the environment around them and form a transparent skyline while shouting to the world: “Please don’t hit us again! We’re here, but our buildings really aren’t!”
This is an artist’s rendering released by Silverstein
Properties, Inc. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006 that shows three proposed
designs for the remaining towers at the World Trade Center site. The
towers would join the proposed 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, left, in
downtown Manhattan’s skyline.
The new World Trade Center “buildings” are ugly, wanting and wantonly
promiscuous in their teasing of what they are replacing.
Their unoriginal inbred inability to create any heat or sexuality that
matches the architecture we forever lost only continues our current
It seems those with the responsibility to make good the previous
passion at Ground Zero are incapable of knowing this one thing: History is Never Made Twice.
should rebuild the World Trade Center just as it was. No one will dare
repeat the events of 9/11 because that terror was “already done.”
You never play the same moment twice. We understand you cannot step
into the same river twice, but the architects of the new “Invisi-Trade
Center” do not.
Icons are not events. Icons make history persistent. If an icon is lost
the icon must be replaced as it was in order to satiate the mourning
masses. Rebuilding the Twin Towers as they were is to make them better
than they were by not repeating the design mistakes of the originals.
Rebuild what was! Reinforce it. If you must, leave the top halves of
the buildings empty of people if there is still a fear of what will
never happen again. Show the world we may have been bowed but we were
never broken when it comes to standing against the sky. Let the icons
once again have meaning in their memory.
The new “Invisi-Trade Center” is an unfortunate joke on those who
perished among those hallowed grounds and while history is never made
twice, its errors can be repeated over and over again as witnessed in
the tender and frightened replacement shell buildings quivering in the
shadow of footprints where great giants once stood.