Part of the U.S. triumph over its attackers should be the swift rebuilding of the site where the massacre occurred, constructing something even prouder and more splendid than the vanished Twin Towers. City Journal has asked the architectural firm of Franck Lohsen McCrery of Washington and New York, in collaboration with the Scottish monumental sculptor Alexander Stoddart, to imagine what the rebuilt site could look like.
The plan, which tries to correct the errors of the original World Trade Center project, has three key elements. First, it rejoins the site to the city's street grid, inviting pedestrians into the area and making possible a vibrant urban street life. Second, instead of two oppressively bulky towers, the plan allows for ten or a dozen smaller skyscrapers, adding up to significantly more space than the World Trade Center, perhaps 50 percent more. The new tall buildings are composed to become the culmination of, rather than the exception to, the downtown skyline. The old WTC made the island look smaller: these massed skyscrapers will make it look bigger and complement the magnificent downtown buildings around them. These towers can house offices and apartments, as market demand dictates, and they can have shops and restaurants—even theaters and museums—at street level, enlivening the 24-hour public life of the neighborhood. Third, a dignified and urbane memorial square, with monuments of the highest quality, anchors the area.
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