reflecting absence, a excellent design concept
Dave, From what I gather it is all "water under the bridge" yuk, at this point. I have to say that after a close viewing of the memorial on a one of the new websites - http://www.projectrebirth.org/galler...l/wtc_mem_8_lg - that the "reflecting absence" seems to me an excellent design concept. There are many reasons why I like it: most of all is simply that it is a done deal.
Originally Posted by davestanke
I look forward to seeing it being constructed and visiting it when completed.
Jihad Symbolism and Waste
The other overwhelming symbolism is "Cost is no Object." Waste of space, waste of existing infrastructure, waste of energy; none of it matters because everything is too small to express our sympathy.
The waste of energy in heating the pools is especially symbolic of precisely why we are in the current political situation.
The Man Who Predicted 9/11
I recently saw this movie, which seems to have WTC footage and 9/11 footage that I haven't seen. The pictures of the WTC at peace, with a rock steady camera, were surrealistic. So much 9/11 footage was with people on the run, hand held, and generally unstable, that I've grown the think of the towers as part of a poorly filmed movie.
Seeing them in place and not burning didn't seem real. Everything is so different now. Aside from expense and various practical issues, I'd rather have them back as they were. But seeing them there and looking out over the sight, there was no connection between the scenes. Incidentally, when there was a connection, it was painful. Perhaps that is a human defence mechanism, or just a way of coming to terms with reality.
As for better . . . I don't believe much of anything is actually turning out better. Linkage from transportation to surrounding areas will be worse, retail configuration will be worse (not contiguous on one level), plaza will be nicer looking, but less usable (constraints on activities in memorial quadrant. There will be better access on foot above ground, but worse access below ground. The buildings will be compacted together because they aren't as tall (FT excepted) and they are squeezed together. Vehicular streets through the area is a detriment to its pedestrian usability.
I had once hoped for a better place, but now I believe it will simply be the same stuff in a worse configuration.
And other stuff aside, "The Man . . ." reminded me that I miss the towers. If this were really a democratically determined issue, they'd be working on the 20th floor of the first tower by now.