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The Innovative Design Study participants were presented with a revised set of priorities (referred to as the "program") that was shaped by thousands of public comments received after the release of the first set of plans. The teams were also presented with a full accounting of all public comments received to date.
Elements of the new program include preserving the footprints of the Twin Towers for memorial-related space, restoring a powerful, tall symbol in Lower Manhattan's skyline, improving connectivity within Lower Manhattan, and creating a grand promenade along West Street. The design teams were instructed not to design the memorial, but to develop a context for the memorial that would be later determined through an international design competition.