LMDC Launches New Outreach Campaign, “Plans In Progress” to Solicit Public Comment, Starting with Exhibit at Winter Garden on December 20
Plans made available on RenewNYC.com and LowerManhattan.info
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation today released nine new innovative designs for the World Trade Center site created by seven teams of some the world’s most renowned firms, architects and artists. The new plans reflect the public’s call for such elements as a respectful memorial setting, a bold new skyline and an inspiring vision for the 16-acre site. With the release of the plans, LMDC is simultaneously launching “Plans in Progress”, a comprehensive public outreach campaign that will use multiple avenues to engage the public in a discussion about the future of Lower Manhattan.
The outreach campaign will include a three-hour televised presentation of the plans today; an exhibit at the World Financial Center Winter Garden adjacent to the World Trade Center site; a video presentation featuring interviews with the designers; public meetings, including a large-scale public meeting at Pace University in Lower Manhattan and a public meeting in New Jersey; and the presentation of the plans online, where comments can also be submitted.
Governor George Pataki said, ” The plans are a bold declaration of New York’s confidence and of Lower Manhattan’s ability to emerge from the tragedy even stronger and better than it was before. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I want to thank the seven teams for offering their talents and imagination to the planning process for Lower Manhattan.”
Mayor Bloomberg said, “"The plans presented today are imaginative, innovative and go far beyond anything we have seen to date with regard to the sixteen acres of the World Trade Center site. In addition, they possess a visionary quality that complements the City's presentation that I sharedlast week. Together, we will develop a comprehensive plan that meets the needs of the entire region, and will restore Lower Manhattan to its rightful place as a center of innovation and make it a 'Downtown for the 21st Century. I commend the LMDC for their work overseeing this important process."
LMDC Chairman John C. Whitehead said, “We are grateful to the talented teams from around the world for producing the innovative concepts they are presenting today. As you view their plans, remember that these are designs not only for our time, but for all time. The reborn World Trade Center must transcend the present to speak to our children and our children’s children about our society and its spirit. It must be our immortal message to future generations about who we are and what we stand for."
LMDC President Lou Tomson said, “From LMDC’s inception, the public has been involved in every step of the planning process and has already helped shape the outcome. In many respects, the new plans reflect the hopes and aspirations of the public that were expressed during many public meetings and thousands of heartfelt emails. The concept of a powerful skyline in Lower Manhattan and preserving the footprints for memorial space are two examples that originated with public comment, but there are many more. Once again, the LMDC will engage the public as we enter this next, important phase in the planning process.”
Charles A. Gargano, Chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Port Authority,”The plans unveiled today provide New Yorkers with an array of exciting options to redevelop the area where the World Trade Center once stood. These plans demonstrate just how New Yorkers can and will meet the challenge to redevelop the 16-acre site in a way that will memorialize those who were lost while also allowing New York to retain its place as the world's business and financial center."
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour, "Today, we preview the future. Today, we see what tomorrow might bring. Today, we bring into focus the future of the World Trade Center and surrounding areas. In the coming weeks, the Port Authority looks forward to hearing what the people who live and work in this city and across this region have to say about these ideas."
Roland Betts, LMDC Board Member and Chair of the Site Planning Working Group said, “When we put out the call to designers across the world to contribute to our process, the response was overwhelming. The seven teams who were selected to participate have produced -- and we are grateful. Our next challenge is to move forward, informed by public comment, so that we can arrive at a single plan for the site. We invite all citizens to participate in reviewing the plans that are now on display and to join us in taking this next critical step.
Rick Bell of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter said, “The nine plans announced today for the World Trace Center site represent strikingly different ideas and approaches to the site and the program delineated by the LMDC and the Port Authority. The seven teams should be commended for the remarkable, sustainable and inspirational future addressed in each plan.”
LMDC’s public outreach campaign was launched in July 2002 with the release of six initial concept plans and an exhibit at Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan. Public response to the initial plans prompted LMDC to issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architects from around the world to participate in a World Trade Center design study. A new program of requirements for the site was also developed based on the public dialogue, including elements such as restoring the skyline and creating more public spaces.
New York New Visions, a coalition of 21 architects, engineering, planning, landscape architecture and design organizations, recommended a distinguished group of six panelists to winnow down the over 406 responses to the RFQ. Seven teams of architects were selected to participate in the study including 27 different firms, individual architects and artists.
The teams were given the new program requirements on October 11, 2002 and during the following eight weeks were asked to create innovative visions for the future of the World Trade Center site. Each team offers a range of previous work experience and accomplishments. The following is a list of each team, previous work, and a short explanation of their World Trade Center design proposal:
· Peterson/Littenberg Architecture and Urban DesignPrevious Work:Initial urban design plan for Lower Manhattan.
“Circling out from the garden and amphitheater are the other layers of this new city district, a rich and permanent pattern of streets, boulevards, squares, towers, parks, and gardens that together form a new urbane public realm, one that can heal the city and reach out to enhance the broader civic structure if all of Lower Manhattan.”· Studio Daniel Libeskind, Berlin, GermanyPrevious Work: - Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany- Imperial War Museum, Manchester, England- Extension to the Denver Art Museum and Co-Development, Denver, Colorado
“The sky will be home again to a towering spire of 1776 feet high, the Gardens of the World”. Why gardens? Because gardens are a constant affirmation of life. A skyscraper rises above its predecessors, reasserting the pre-eminence of freedom and beauty, restoring the spiritual peak of the city, creating an icon that speaks of our vitality in the face if danger and our optimism in the aftermath of tragedy.”
· Foster and Partners, London, Eng