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Rebuilding The World Trade Center

Column – V1, No. 3 by Joel Solkoff, PA, USA

Writing on disability issues relevant to architects

Rebuilding The World Trade Center with Daniel Libeskind

Joel’s Column, Vol.I, Number 3

To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.

— Daniel Libeskind

U.S. architect Daniel Libeskind in front of his extension to the Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, USA:
architect Daniel Libeskind
photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons

Rebuilding The World Trade Center with Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind will be 67 on May 12th.

Send Daniel a birthday card. Here is the address:

Daniel Libeskind Studio Architect, LLC
2 Rector Street, 19th Floor
New York, New York 10006. U.S.A.


World Trade Center New York
photo courtesy Anne Edgar Associates, New York, NY

This image shows Daniel Libeskind’s winning plan in the competition to oversee the rebuilding of the World Trade Center New York. That was in 2003.

Finally, this year construction has begun (Freedom Tower New York).

September 11, 2001 was a date that changed history.

“The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th, or 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

“Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks.

“Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City.

“Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex (World Trade Center Towers), as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures.

“A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse in its western side.

“The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C, but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.

“In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.

“It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.”



Daniel Libeskind, master architect to rebuild Ground Zero, watched the original World Trade Center being built in the 1960s. Libeskind’s father worked in the neighborhood.

The lengthy delays in rebuilding appear to be over—delays caused by the overwhelming emotional nature of the catastrophe and widespread discussion, arguments, and law suits over what would be respectful to construct on a site where so many died and so many heroic firemen.

Construction is currently taking place despite an as yet unresolved dispute about who owns the land. Stay tuned for more Daniel Libeskind.

I am intrigued by the fact that when Libeskind married Nina Lewis in 1969, they took their honeymoon touring Frank Lloyd Wright buildings throughout the world.

On the Renzo Piano watch:

Fort Worth, Texas: Kimbell Art Museum, Renzo Piano Pavilion:

Kimbell Art Museum, Piano Pavilion
picture courtesy Anne Edgar Associates, New York, NY

The project was completed last month with great celebration.

Photo from the permanent collection of the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. When Piano designs museums, his appreciation of the collection is apparent:
permanent collection of the Kimbell Museum
picture courtesy Anne Edgar Associates, New York, NY

Good day and good luck

Joel Solkoff

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Morgan Library and Museum
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