World Trade Center Memorial – Loci Architecture
We’ve spoken before of the central role that architecture often takes in the way we remember loved ones and events. In modern times there are few events that drive emotion as strongly as the bombing of the World Trade Center, especially in America. For good reason, there is a need to make sure those that lost their lives in this tragedy are remembered.
Loci Architecture have been commissioned to design the World Trade Center Memorial. Set into the ground, with their names inscribed across granite, those that never made it out on September 11 2001 will forever be remembered. Our built environment is the best way we have of making sure we are able to preserve the memories of events such as these – there are few other man made things that stand the test of time like our urban fabric.
“Loci’s design acknowledges the tragic events and heroic recovery effort that immediately followed the 9/11 attacks. As rescue workers slowly excavated down to bedrock, it became evident that the only things left were the victims’ final words and actions on that day. Granite walkways weave through a shattered wedge built of stacked bluestone walls. The victims’ names are inscribed against recessed black bands of stone. Gardens allow visitors to gather for quiet contemplation. The unidentified remains are placed within a lit building that floats in the south water garden-a metaphor for the spiritual presence that remains of those who perished in the attacks”, Loci Architecture