I’m (Guardedly) Optimistic About Libeskind & the WTC—Here’s Why

Thankfully, the governor and the mayor picked an architect, not a plan, and Daniel Libeskind is uniquely qualified to see the World Trade Center through.

Now that the euphoria surrounding the Daniel Libeskind announcement has faded, we’ve all had time to look at the fine print. This is the urban planning equivalent of a hangover. It’s clear that the program is still being driven by the leases signed by Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey prior to September 11th….

This Westchester Memorial Is Everything the WTC, Regrettably, Won’t Be

Those seeking succor in architectural monuments—hopeless optimists, surely—might want to skip Ground Zero and take the train upstate.

Quick: think of a good contemporary memorial. No, not that one we’ve all heard quite enough about: Maya Lin’s shrine to the Vietnam War—a wonderful thing, a bolt from the blue, a one-in-a-million shot—a modern design that people actually respond to, but clearly neither a reproducible scheme nor useful as precedent, as the attempts of Lin’s imitators and her own…