R.Dot

After Two Years of Design Work, a Competition, and Public Debate, Why Is the Freedom Tower Design Now Being Radically Changed?

The conceptual design for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site is being radically changed by the architecture firm, SOM, whose competition entry to redesign the 16 acres in downtown Manhattan received the fewest votes—5% of public approval, observes the leadership of Rebuild Downtown Our Town (R.Dot). This civic group, made up of Lower Manhattan residents and businesses,…

R.Dot Rejects the Eight Finalist WTC Memorial Designs

Saying there is no memory, no tears, and no history to be discerned by the eight memorial designs presented recently by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), Rebuild Downtown Our Town (R.Dot), at its monthly meeting December 2, rejected all eight Memorial designs. The group recognized the ingenuity of the design teams’ work, but said all the designs lack the…