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Cover Stories Series 2011> Antiterrorism Post 9.11> Video
UPDATED: September 13, 2011
Reconstruction in Ground Zero Is Underway


As the September 11 anniversary is observed at Ground Zero, one man's stamp is all over what is being rebuilt there. Architect Daniel Liebskind is responsible for much of the design of the new World Trade center, including the memorial.

The man behind much of what is being built at ground zero takes time to explain his vision.

Reflecting on what the site will mean Daniel Liebskind says it has to be balance between remembrance and the reality of New York as a major business hub.

He said, "About half of it eight acres are left as public space, aground memorial piazza, a site of memory, the footprints, the waterfalls, the museum all the way down at bedrock, I wasn't concerned with buildings at the beginning, but of course I always understood to bring back New York you cannot diminish new York and make it into a village"

Out of his studio window Liebskind shows us the footprints, where the old towers stood which will form the basis of the memorial, and the new soaring world trade center 1, At this window he sees ten years ahead not ten years back..

He said, " It is not a space of sadness, actually an inspired place, not a place where people will grieve, perhaps those who have lost their relatives will but in time people will see that this is an important social space, where something has happened which we have to remember, move forward , but also look to the future, and look to a resurgent New York, a resurgent place for business, for optimism for culture for families and so on so that is part of the challenge"

This site should have been built quicker - it took years to decide on the plans and years later it is still not completed, but from this September 11 those who lost loved ones will be able to access this site and grieve at the memorial for the first time.

He said, " I think it will feel as though life has come back in a meaningful way to the site you will feel it in your body, you will feel it in your soul. It is not just a plaza, some footprints some waterfall flowing , some underground- you will feel that you are in an integrated space, that every element is part of that thought of both the past, which we cannot change, but also of an incredible future."

That will begin the healing process down here and act as an impetus to finish what New York has started, to have something rise here out of the greatest of tragedies.

(CNTV.cn September 11, 2011)

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