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Old November 22nd, 2013, 12:21 PM   #1961
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The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is being built to commemorate the lives lost during the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. They're located at the former World Trade Center site, also known as Ground Zero, in New York City. The site was designed by architect Michael Arad around a theme of "Reflecting Absence." The site will be covered with trees, while two giant, recessed reflecting pools replace the footprints of the fallen towers. Ramps will allow visitors to walk down to the pools; around the pools are walls engraved with the names of those killed in the attacks.
Close by the reflecting pools will sit the museum atrium, a structure with a somewhat abstract shape. A spiraling ramp will lead visitors to bedrock and the foundations of the original World Trade Center towers, which have been incorporated into the exhibit space.
The memorial and museum were planned and funded by a nonprofit corporation formed specifically for that purpose. Both have fallen behind schedule, but the memorial is set to open for the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Sept. 11, 2011 [source: Rubinstein]. The planned opening for the museum will be in 2012. If you're planning to visit, you need to make reservations well in advance (the only way the memorial and museum could ever hope to accommodate the millions of annual visitors it expects to receive). Reservations can be made starting in July 2011, but those with family members who died in the attacks will get priority for reservations.
The planning and construction of the memorial and museum hasn't been without difficulty. The design was chosen through a competition, but some victims' family members protested various aspects of the design. The nonprofit foundation met early fundraising goals, but at that point there was little idea of how the memorial would look or how much it would cost. The initial cost estimate of just under $700 million eventually ballooned to over $1 billion, forcing a redesign to bring the budget under control [source: Feiden]. The final estimate of the cost, with just a few months before the memorial is to open, is $700 million [source: Hollander]. Dispute over the design has continued, and there have also been complaints about the salaries of the nonprofit corporation's executives, several of whom earn more than $300,000 [source: Karni]. The museum foundation will continue to raise money for upkeep, maintaining the collection of nearly 20,000 artifacts related to the attacks and assisting in the creation of new exhibits.
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Old November 30th, 2013, 08:19 PM   #1962
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9/11 Memorial by Tolka Rover, on Flickr
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9/11 Memorial and One WTC by Chris Thain, on Flickr
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Old December 6th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #1963
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I'm not sure if this has been posted before, or if anyone else has noticed, but you can "Google Street View" the memorial fountains (naturally, I have only just found this out now).

You can follow the route around both waterfall memorials, and are able to read the names on the plaques as well as get a good look around at the site.

For anyone who hasnt been there in person yet, it's a pretty cool arm-chair experience, even though the imagery is a few months out of date now.

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Old December 6th, 2013, 10:54 PM   #1964
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There is a pink patch alongside the museum building, is this waterproof testing?
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Old December 7th, 2013, 07:02 PM   #1965
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Yep
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Old December 7th, 2013, 10:51 PM   #1966
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The pavilion roof looks almost completed.

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Old December 8th, 2013, 02:49 AM   #1967
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Oddly, it was "more complete" a month ago:

[IMG]http://i41.************/30aw32x.gif[/IMG]

They've been ass-dragging on this roof for what seems like forever. Here it was 24 months ago:

[IMG]http://i41.************/358wk0g.png[/IMG]

Yes, two years ago. Look at the progress that's been made on various supertalls during that period of time.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:51 AM   #1968
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Why is it taking this long? Is it because of funding disputes?
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Old December 10th, 2013, 03:28 AM   #1969
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I guess that's part of the reason, though if I recall correctly, they did some roof work (such as put down tiles) while the museum work was on hold. And Sandy may have been a factor too, even though it didn't directly affect the pavilion.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #1970
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They've finally started to add roofing to the canopy of the museum entrance!
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Old December 12th, 2013, 06:33 PM   #1971
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Old December 15th, 2013, 02:06 AM   #1972
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from the camera view, the memorial pool lights are creating a glow effect in the falling snow

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Old December 15th, 2013, 02:54 AM   #1973
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Beautiful.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:02 AM   #1974
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from the camera view, the memorial pool lights are creating a glow effect in the falling snow

Its almost like the Tribute in Light. You can see the outlines in the air.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 05:52 AM   #1975
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The ghosts of the old buildings.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 06:50 PM   #1976
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Old December 15th, 2013, 07:24 PM   #1977
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I know, it's sooo disrespectful, like, gah!
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Old December 17th, 2013, 04:29 AM   #1978
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Its almost like the Tribute in Light. You can see the outlines in the air.
Literally if you slightly squint your eyes it looks like ghost twin towers 0.o
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Old December 17th, 2013, 05:13 AM   #1979
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Genius design aspect, isn't it?
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Old December 17th, 2013, 05:46 AM   #1980
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It wasn't made intentionally. LED bulbs will irremediably cast a degree of volumetric light under dark conditions, the effect is further intensified if suspended particles are encountered floating within the volumetric light. Snow should produce a great example of this phenomenon.
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