Today is a somber day in New York and the USA. It is the 11th anniversary of September 11. It’s strange to think that I was only in middle school at the time, and I woke up to my 5am alarm in California to hear Rick Dees explaining what was happening in New York City. To commemorate this day, here are some photos of the National 9/11 Memorial. Some I took myself, some I am borrowing from Inhabitat.
The 9/11 memorial was designed by Michael Arad of Handel Architects. The design of the memorial plaza was both beautiful and sustainable, and is especially impressive because Arad’s design was selected from a global design competition that received more than 5,200 submissions from 63 nations. Its eco-friendly construction of its irrigation, storm water and pest management systems was specifically designed to conserve energy, water, and other sources. The plaza also has a suspended paving system that will allow its 442 swamp white oak treas to expand in the nutrient-rich soil below the cement, allowing for stable pavement that doesn’t compromise the growth of the trees.
From Arad, via Inhabitat:
We wanted to create a place that remarked on absence but also did so in a way that connected the site back into the life of the city. It’s something that is set very much in the life of New York City. People will be here every day whether there’s visitors to the memorial, or office workers coming down here, or whether it’s neighborhood residents with their kids. It’s bringing the past into the present and saying that the legacy of that day is with us every day.
All photos above: © Pamela Nguyen for Redesign Revolution.
Last two photos: via Inhabitat. Visit their slideshow for more photos.