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My Favorite Things – Rebuilding and Memorial at Ground Zero

Like most of the country, I was deeply affected by the events of 9/11.  In fact, even though I was miles away in Milwaukee, WI when it happened, for quite some time afterwards, I had nightmares about the event. Those finally subsided when I made a point to visit the pit on a later trip to NYC.   Now that I live here, I had the opportunity to visit again and see the progress on the rebuilding when I had lunch with my college roommate who works…

in a new building directly bordering the site (see center skyscraper).

Photo of BMI office building at Ground Zero

From her 33rd floor office, she has a sublime view looking east…

View from 33rd floor of BMI office building at Ground Zero taken by Joana Miranda

And, from a colleague’s office around the corner, the view looks straight down into the pit over the construction…

Photo of construction at Ground Zero, taken by Joana Miranda

Where you can also see the two memorial pools – direct footprints of the former twin towers – nearing completion. (Note the many trees planted as part of the memorial park.)

Photo of memorial pools at Ground Zero under construction, taken by Joana Miranda

Seen here in two artist’s digital renderings, you can see the effect of the memorial park by day…

Photo of a photo of the memorial pools at Ground Zero, taken by Joana Miranda

And the drama of the pools by night.  The names of the nearly 3000 people killed on 9/11 will be carved into the black stone borders surrounding the perimeter of the pools.

Photo of memorial pools at Ground Zero at night from artist's digital rendering, taken by Joana Miranda

At the 9/11 Memorial Museum nearby, you can see the old map of the Twin Tower’s site…

Photo of old map of the Twin Towers site, taken by Joana Miranda

Alongside the new map.

Photo of new map of the Ground Zero site, taken by Joana Miranda

The model shows the planned reconstruction in 3-D.

Photo of architecture model of Ground Zero at Memorial Museum, taken by Joana Miranda

(For those of you Milwaukee readers, you’ll see that the Calatrava Transportation Hub bears a remarkable similarity to the Calatrava Brise de Soleil wing at the Milwaukee Museum of Art!)

Photo of Calatrava Transportation Hub as seen in architecture model at Ground Zero Museum, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Even though from the ground level, you don’t see much more than a sea of laboring cranes…

Photo of cranes at Ground Zero, taken by Joana Miranda

Not long from now, this will be the view!

Digital rendering of Ground Zero reconstruction finished, photo taken by Joana Miranda

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