Ground Zero: Master Plans

Part 1 The Cultural Component

Two design competitions determined the direction of the master plan at Ground Zero and the concept and position of the 9/11 memorial and museum. Less clear in their functions, locations, and funding were other cultural institutions awarded a potential place on the site. Yet, as this program will discuss, the cultural component was a key idea to both the rebuilding at Ground Zero and the recovery of lower Manhattan.

Moderator for the panel is Gary Hack, an architect, planner, and academic who consulted for Studio Libeskind from the winning urban design competition through the preparation of the master plan and urban design guidelines.


Craig Dykers, architect and Founding Partner of Snøetta, the firm that in 2004 was commissioned to design the only above-ground building on the memorial plaza, a structure that creates an entry to the underground museum and 9/11 memorial.

Lynne Sagalyn, professor and the author of Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan.

Frank Sciame, Jr., CEO and Chairman of F. J. Sciame Construction. In 2006, he was appointed by Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg to address the spiraling budget of the Memorial and to work with the 9/11 families and other stakeholders.

Memory Foundations, Studio Daniel Libeskind, February, 2003. Winner of LMDC's design competition. Courtesy Libeskind Studio.
21 September 2021, 18:00
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