University of Toronto Magazine University of Toronto Magazine
Spring 2003

Memorial Design

Prof. Daniel Libeskind wins competition for redevelopment of the World Trade Center site

A design by Prof. Daniel Libeskind, holder of the Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design at U of T, has won a competition for redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. The proposed project will include office towers of varying heights and a 1,776-foot needle-like spire that will contain a large number of gardens. The design preserves the pit formed by the twin towers’ original foundation as a memorial space. Describing his approach at a recent public lecture, Libeskind said, “We want to show the world that life is victorious and that in the face of these attacks, there is a vitality; that in the aftermath of this tragedy, there is an optimism – not only in New York but the world.”

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