GROUND ZERO:
MASTER PLANS

Tue, Sep 21, 2021 Lecture series
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Memory Foundations, Studio Daniel Libeskind, February, 2003. Winner of LMDC's design competition. Courtesy, Libeskind Studio.

Two design competitions determined the direction of the master plan at Ground Zero and the concept and position of the 9/11 memorial and museum. Less clear in their functions, locations, and funding were other cultural institutions awarded a potential place on the site. Yet, as this program will discuss, the cultural component was a key idea to both the rebuilding at Ground Zero and the recovery of lower Manhattan.

Moderator for the panel is GARY HACK, an architect, planner, author, and former dean of the School of Design at University of Pennsylvania who consulted for Studio Libeskind from the winning urban design competition through the preparation of the master plan and urban design guidelines.

CRAIG DYKERS, Founding Partner of Snøhetta, the internationally acclaimed architects who in 2004 was commissioned to design the museum component of the Ground Zero master plan, the only above-ground building on the memorial plaza, a structure that creates an entry to the underground museum and 9/11 memorial.

LYNNE B. SAGALYN, Professor Emerita of Real Estate at Columbia Business School and author of Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan (Oxford, 2016) and Times Square Roulette (MIT, 2001).

FRANK SCIAME, Jr., CEO and Chairman of F. J. Sciame Construction. In 2006, he was appointed by Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg to address the spiraling budget of the Memorial and to work with the 9/11 families and other stakeholders. His company F. J. Sciame Construction has been the construction manager for countless cultural institutions and landmark buildings and is currently completing The Ronald O. Perelman Center Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center.

The video begins with Museum Director Carol Willis’ introduction to the webinar followed by Gary Hack’s lecture, then Lynne Sagalyn, Craig Dykers, and Frank Sciame and ends with a Q&A.

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