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Since the world trade center is finally under construction. I wanted to create this thread for photos and news about skyscrapersd and the memorial happening at ground zero. Please post photos of the site plan, and construction photos happening at the site. Hope you guys enjoy!!!!!! :)
 

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Rebuilding the World Trade Center
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The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency charged with coordinating the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site, selected the master plan, Memory Foundations by Daniel Libeskind [9], which includes the 1776 ft (541 m) Freedom Tower. The height of 1,776 feet (541 m) was chosen as a reference to the year of American independence. A new office building, 7 World Trade Center, which was not part of the site master plan, is expected to open in June 2006.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation sponsored an international design competition for the World Trade Center Memorial in spring 2003. The winning design, Michael Arad and Peter Walker's Reflecting Absence, was chosen in January 2004.


The Freedom Tower as it might look.The World Trade Center name will continue to be used as name of the site, as will the New York City Subway and PATH train stations that serve the complex. A temporary PATH station, largely following the layout of the original, is the first part of the complex to have re-opened.

On November 22, 2004, New York Republican Governor George Pataki named the living former presidents as honorary members of the board rebuilding the World Trade Center.

On May 18, 2005 Donald Trump, long-time opponent of the Freedom Tower design, held a press conference where he endorsed the alternative "Twin Towers II" proposal for rebuilding the Twin Towers with a design closely resembling the originals, but with various safety, structural, and technological improvements, and one story taller.[10] It is said that the majority of New Yorkers prefer this plan rather than the current plan, however most officials involved in the rebuilding have dismissed Trump's endorsement as a publicity stunt.


World Trade Center Site, June 2005.
World Trade Center Site, December 2005.On June 29, 2005, a redesigned Freedom Tower was unveiled which more closely resembled the character of the fallen towers. The new design also boasted several safety improvements over previous proposals.

On December 15, 2005, Sir Norman Foster was announced as the architect who will design the second of five new office towers planned for the site.

As of early 2006 progress at the World Trade Center site is slowly building up. Workers will soon move PATH train cables out of the way in order to start foundation work on both the Freedom Tower, permanent PATH station, underground parking and the Memorial. By the end of 2006, the site is finally expected to look like the massive construction project that built the previous WTC.

On March 13, 2006 workers arrived at the World Trade Center site to remove remaining debris and start surveying work. This marks the official start of construction of the WTC Memorial and Museum. [11]

In April 2006, a tentative agreement was reached by the owner of the site, The Port Authority, and private developer Larry Silverstein. The main elements of that agreement are that Silverstein ceded rights to develop the Freedom Tower and Tower Five in exchange for financing with Liberty Bonds for Tower Two, Three, and Four which are considered to be the most marketable properties of the site. On April 27, 2006, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Freedom Tower.
 

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Can someone post pictures of the the construction of the freedom tower, latest news, and a picture of the finished product. I would really appreciate it, if someone could refresh my memory for the project.
 

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^you've been pointed to the appropriate threads, find them rather than starting new ones... its generally easier
 

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I was thinking back about the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan and how we thought it was taking so long to build when the city knew that building too fast would be disrespectful of the victims and also would be too fast for the Port and Silverstein to know what they were gonna build. When I look back I remember a distinct look the designers were going for and the outcry from the public to redesign that in which thankfully didn't take place. I can say that I am now eternally grateful that the complex not being exactly finished because we have to make sure that what we put there isn't gonna mar the appearance of the city and/or be disrespectful to the locals/memorial. Think about it; if Larry Silverstein acted on his urge to build tower two in 2005, we would have had an outdated tower which would now have to be retrofitted in to today's technology and if he would have built on his urge to build it in 2015, we would have had an ugly stack of boxes with illogical plazas on every draw back. Now he has gone back to redesigning the Norman Foster design after the public criticized his decision to build the Bjarke Ingles design and I think that a few years to prepare for a permanent fixture is completely viable and understandable. I honestly think the media should be thinking about that in this era and maybe apologizing to the developers because look at the World Trade Center today, it's a cultural hub where millions of people visit every year. Had we had the original Freedom Tower, it would not have revitalized the neighborhood and Lower Manhattan would have been very very boring just like before. It's impossible to make 100% of the population happy but I think the timing on the World Trade Center is completely fine and I am now appreciative of the time spent to iron out the details before acting on impulse. Thank you Port Authority and Thank you Mr. Silverstein.
 
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