July 20, 2005
Just when it seemed that a design for
the Freedom Tower had been finalized yet again, a new campaign
in New York seeks to restore some version of the original
Twin Towers to Ground Zero. The World Trade Center Restoration
Design Competition, launched last week, isnt likely
to change the status quo. But it highlights the ongoing frustrations
of those who think the public was not given the opportunity
to weigh in on the plans that first Daniel Libeskind, then
David Childs have made for the site.
The contest asks participants to submit designs based on
Minuro Yamasakis original buildings. Requirements call
for each of the two new towers to be at least the same height
and number of floors as the old World Trade Center, as well
as provide the same amount of office space. But contestants
will have the option to make changes to Yamasakis design,
for example, by incorporating mixed-use elements into their
plans. A nine-member jury, including a psychiatrist, a sculptor,
and a New Jersey priest, will pick the winning design. The
competition is sponsored by Team Twin Towers, a non-profit
organization founded in 2002 with the purpose of restoring
the Twin Towers, and Rebuild-the-Towers, a three-month-old
group that promotes their reconstruction.
Information on the contest can be obtained at www.teamtwintowers.org.