Architect Daniel Libeskind, the man responsible for designing the Ground Zero Master Plan at the World Trade Center site in New York City, says ”Ground Zero is not just building a memorial … it’s really a huge new neighborhood.”
Watch Libeskind discuss progress being made on his Memory Foundation and the World Trade Center memorial site, and what gives him inspiration:
As the man in charge of redesigning a site that holds such significant meaning, particularly for those who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, what does the new site mean to him?
“It’s how to create something that is meaningful, that moves back toward that horrendous day that changed all of our lives – changed the world – gives memory to the space but also creates a space of optimism – a space of New York,” Libeskind said.
He refers to the new World Trade Center site as “The Memory Foundation” because it is not only a space for memory but also a space “for the spiritual future for New York, of America, of the free world. And that’s not an easy task.”
Meanwhile, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the land at Ground Zero, has chosen Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel as a public art consultant for the World Trade Center.