World Trade Center Regeneration (OUTLINE)  

Mitchell Joachim

Advisors: Alex Krieger and Marco Cenzatti

Memorial Analysis Outline:

The idea of a memorial seems to consistently resonate amongst governing
powers and the munificent public in the city of New York.  It is the overwhelming
consensus of American citizens that space should be set aside to memorialize
the victims of September 11th.  Any urban or architectural solution enacted that
does not resolve the presence of a memorial will certainly be disregarding this
general will of the public. The site of the previous World Trade Center needs a
place of remembrance for those events, but should not be entirely limited to one
program.  Although an entire solution for the former WTC is necessary,
mitigating the issues of a memorial is the constraint dealt with here.  The
criterion of the location, energy, and typology for a memorial fitting into the site is
the bounds of this project.  Considerations of other relevant projects in
congruence with a memorial do not fall within the scope of this document.  That
is to say whatever interventions, built edifices, or landscape environments
deemed worthy of this location should be discussed as complimentary
elements in relation to the memorial.  What is or is not appropriate for the site
and a memorial, and how can this be determined?  Therefore no-designed
memorial per se¢ is being proposed but instead a coded list or theory of
immanence, possibilities, and integrations.

The kinds of solutions and questions being asked here essentially dictate an
approach to designing a memorial.   Qualities and measurements of data
extruded form the pre-existing structures will hope to reveal insights for a finer
calibration of humane concerns.  What did those buildings mean in terms of
humanity and the domain in which we thrive?  How can this be measured and
contrasted to a mitigating alternate solution?  Of course we can perform better
today at planning/ designing solutions, but how can we prove this here
ardently?  Where did the WTC construct fail at providing humanly scaled
benefits and conviviality for the people of the city?  Will exploring the life support
systems of those prior structures reveal an undergid of mistakes that lead to
their demise?  A visual model expressing the differences in the needs of old
and the needs of today could stridently appeal to the ultimate designers of the
entire site.  Modeling an analysis of per-existing volumes of space, energy, and
density will reveal the gross miscalculation of humane agendas needed to
successfully fit a project to the surrounds.  Also a second model of required
goals to be met would offer precursor design solutions.  For instance, can you
possibly imagine designing a second new structure that moves nine million
cubic feet of air per minute to cool fifty thousand office workers on a sunny day
one thousand three hundred feet in the air?  Should such conditions exist again
or can these satanic mills of industry be reconfigured to address future
generations?  How would a memorial recognize both the horror of 911 and of
the past attitude those buildings represented to the whole of humanity.  Why is it
appropriate to ask these questions, whom are we ultimately concerned with?  

Memorials should not just simply encapsulate the past but bring resolve and
offer consolation.  They are not places for radicalism or political agendas.  They
are moments of solitude, peace, and evocation.  Today the traumatized WTC
survivors recount tales of narrow escape within the confines of the densest
place on earth.  Should a memorial recall the impenetrable, dark architecture
that stood before or should it be a part of our enlightenment and healing?  The
Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC does not offer answers or retell events.  
How is this successful or is it?  Minimalist granite plaques, religious
archetypes, and over-scaled sculptures do not proactively engage humanity.
They do not prevent the atrocities of yesterday form happening again.  They
better serve as geographical locators then cognitive accounts of history.

Perhaps the memorial for the WTC will usher in a new modality of thinking
about the collective peoples of the earth.  Dachau outside Munich in Germany is
a preserved space for memorializing the holocaust.  It also serves to actively
record its entire history to date, so no such horror could happen again.  
Inclusive in the memorial at Dachau is a museum and an archive of the tragedy,
as well as support for finding other perpetrators.  One of the most powerful
effects of Dachau is to see the piles of human shoes, clothing, teeth, and hair of
the Jewish victims.  What kinds of similar references could be made at WTC?  A
visual depicting the loss of thousands of people instantly is unfathomable, and
arguably exists.  What about qualifying measurements of the loss?  Does a
simple picture of four hundred fireman and rescue workers suffice or could that
be expanded somehow?  A new memorial must legibly underscore the very
nature and entirety of the event and foreground the historical mistakes that
made it possible.  How this actualizes is to be scripted in later writing and
models.
Progress REPORT:
archinode.com
HARVARD WORLD TRADE CENTER REGENERATION
1/05/01