INTERVIEW: Inhabitat talks with NYC’s 9/11 Memorial designer Michael Arad
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Inhabitat: Your design for the 9/11 Memorial was selected over 5,200 other submissions. Why do you think yours was selected? Michael Arad: I think one of the things that drew the jury to this particular design was that it challenged the master plan in
No other event stands out in America’s recent collective memory as clearly as the attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. This one event changed us, and the world, forever. To memorialize such trauma requires a tremendous sensitivity, skill and humility. A healthy dose of courage is necessary too, particularly given how polarizing the 9/11 memorial project has been from the very start. Architect Michael Arad’s design for the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan was chosen out of 5,200 submissions, and officially opened at Ground Zero in downtown New York City, on the 10 year anniversary of that horrific day. We had the great privilege to chat with Michael Arad about his iconic design for the 9/11 Memorial in NYC and his architectural work in general. Read on for an insightful discussion about one of the most important memorials in United States history.