The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation today announced that some of the world’s most talented architects and planners will come together this fall to participate in a design study of the World Trade Center site and adjacent areas. Six teams were chosen from among 407 submissions, representing 34 nations. The six teams include a total of 27 different firms, individual architects and artists who count among their accomplishments such works as the Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Jewish Museum in Berlin; the Morgan Stanley World Headquarters in New York; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki; MoMa Queens in Long Island City; and the Yokohama International Port Terminal in Japan.
“These architects and planners represent some of the best and brightest minds in the world - and New York deserves nothing less,” Governor Pataki said. “The rebuilding of the World Trade Center site is one of the most important projects ever undertaken in our nation’s history. What happened on September 11th affected not only the United States, but the entire world and all those who cherish freedom. It’s appropriate and inspiring that architects and planners from many different countries are now coming to together to help rebuild New York City.”
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, "I am pleased that we have been able to attract the caliber of excellence exhibited by the group assembled here today. In response to the public's comments, the LMDC expanded the search for the most innovative architects and planners in the world to participatein a new urban design study regarding the future of the WTC site. We will continue to take our time during the planning process and seek ideas from wherever they come so that together, we can create a Lower Manhattan of the future that surpasses everyone's expectations."
LMDC Chairman John C. Whitehead said, “The LMDC has reached out around the globe to bring the best minds in design together with the many planners who have been working to rebuild and revitalize Lower Manhattan. We believe the end results will reflect the great potential of the World Trade Center site and all the surrounding areas.”
LMDC President Louis R. Tomson said, “We are extremely pleased with the quality of these six teams – they represent the finest architects and planners from around the world. The public demanded bold and creative visions for the future of Lower Manhattan and this new talent ensures that we will deliver on our promise. The forward-thinking leaders at New York New Visions played an invaluable role in the selection of thoughtful panelists, and in turn, the panelists took their responsibilities the full course by choosing an outstanding and innovative group of professionals.”
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, "The rebirth of the World Trade Center site is an unprecedented undertaking. The issues involved are extremely complex. All of these professionals will work with the Port Authority and LMDC to spark a spectacular renaissance across Lower Manhattan."
Executive Director of the Founding Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Rick Bell said, “The selection process by which the six firms were chosen represents an historic moment. The panel of peers recommended by New York New Visions has picked a diverse group of architects and designers who are linked by the quality of their prior work, their inclination to take risks and their demonstrated ability to think in new and different ways. We hope and expect to see design concepts that are significantly different from each other and which engage the publics’ desire for design excellence and which lead to open dialogue between all parties involved in the rebuilding effort.”
Design StudyThe six teams will each receive a $40,000 stipend to work on creating plans for the site and surrounding areas based on new, more flexible program requirements being developed by the LMDC and Port Authority. Among the new program requirements will be a range of commercial space, a preference for honoring the footprints as part of the memorial space, a powerful skyline element, the creation of a grand promenade on West Street, and the exploration of residential housing on or off the site.
LMDC and PA will continue to work with consultant teams previously engaged on the project, including Peterson Littenberg Architecture and Urban Design, and they too will be invited to participate in the design study. At the end of the study, LMDC and the PA will select the most promising ideas from those generated during the study, and invite those firms to work with LMDC and PA’s consultants to refine and develop the ideas into site plan proposals.
By the end of the year, the LMDC and PA will present at least three new bold site plan proposals for public review. A final land use plan is expected to be released in Spring 2003.
The Selection ProcessNew York New Visions, a coalition of 21 architecture, engineering, planning, landscape architecture and design organizations, recommended a distinguished group of six panelists to winnow down the 407 submissions to a group of finalists. The panelists included Toshiko Mori, Chair of the Department of Architecture, Harvard Design School; Eugenie L. Birch, Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania; Richard N. Swett, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark and the only licensed architect to serve in the US Congress in the 20th Century; Kinshasha Holman Conwill, an arts and management consultant and Director Emeritus of the Studio Museum of Harlem; Terence Riley, Chief Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art; Michael Van Valkenburgh, landscape architect and principal of Van Valkenburgh Associates.
Out of the finalists, the LMDC selected the following individuals and firms to work on the design study:
Firm: Studio Daniel Libeskind, Berlin, Germany
Previous Work: - Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany- Imperial War Museum, Manchester, England- Extension to the Denver Art Museum and Co-Development, Denver, Colorado
Quote from Submission:“The act of building is an entirely optimistic one and New York deserves, despite and because of the tragedy of September 11th, to have an architecture which is exciting, thought provoking and innovative.”
Excerpt from Review Panel Report“True to his words, architect Daniel Libeskind brings to this very complex and important project a depth of understanding and empathy that he has demonstrated throughout his career. His ability to inspire profound critical discourse through his ability to use complex and layered sets of references for an architectural discourse will prove an original and responsive approach to the design.”
Firm: Foster and Partners, London, England
Previous Work:- New German Parliament, Reichstag, Berlin, Germany- Commerzbank Headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany- Swiss Re Headquarters, London, England- Metro System, Bilbao, Spain
Quote from Submission:“New York deserves something great. Something which looks to the future with an enduring and classic quality, which will become a symbol once again for the city itself and the optimism and cohesiveness of the inhabitants of New York City and the American people.”
Excerpt from Review Panel Report“Lord Foster of Foster Partners of London, UK has a longstanding reputa