This proposal for the World Trade Center site was developed between April 2003 and March 2004. The Design, in slightly different form, was submitted to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation as part of the open compitition for memorial site designs.

  Three thousand sixteen people were murdered on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, at the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania. Six people were murdered in the bombing of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993.

The memorial for the victims of the attacks honors each lost soul and the collective grief felt as we struggle to understand the meaning and consequences of the horror of terrorism.

This memorial proposal was created as part of the competition organized by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation in April 2003. The program requirements were detailed and complex. The decision of how to integrate the memorial design into the Master Plan designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind was perhaps the most problematic of all. My approach was to follow the Libeskind design, which I think is brilliant, as closely as possible.

In thinking about the memorial, nothing touched me more than hearing the stories of victims who called their families in the last moments of their lives to say “I love you.” The apocalyptic scale and political dimension of the attacks tend to obscure the intimate relationship we, as survivors, have with those who have died. We are devastated by their loss and by the destruction their loss has wreaked on their family and friends. We mourn each of them.