NEW YORK CITY
area: 22 acres / 9 ha
The 9/11 Memorial proposal sought a response to the destruction that could transcend its memorial function so as to leave a positive, durable and expansive legacy for the residents of New York.
The scheme envisioned planting the Ground Zero site with a forest of Eastern White Pines, an evergreen tree that is the largest species found in the Eastern U.S. Within this forest, victims would be individually commemorated with individual glass pylons, arrayed in two asterisks to reference the location of the destroyed twin towers. The surreal juxtaposition of the pine forest with the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan would mark this forever as a special place; at the same time, it could function comfortably as a park for future generations further removed from the events of 9/11.
At an entirely different scale, towns throughout the New York region, many suffering substantial human losses of their own, could also participate in the memorial with their own stands of White Pines arrayed on axes centered on the two lost towers.
Youngsun Ko, Adam Sokol