Memory Foundations

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The Initial design

Memory Foundations is the name given by Daniel Libeskind to his site plan for the World Trade Center, which was originally selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to be the master plan for rebuilding at the World Trade Center site in New York City.

Memory Foundations places at the center of the New World Trade Center a large memorial to the victims of the September 11th attacks. Surrounding the memorial was to be five large office buildings arranged in an ascending spiral upward from the southeast of the site. The spiral's supposed pinnacle — the tallest building at the site — was to be the 1776 foot (541 m) One World Trade Center, designed by David Childs. Also included will be a transit station designed by Santiago Calatrava, a museum being designed by architectural firm Snøhetta, a cultural complex being designed by Frank Gehry, and various parks and public spaces.

The Actual/Final design (Aug. 2013)

The Actual design (the one which is constructed) involves a different design and arrangement of buildings.

The original plan aimed to fully replace the 10 million square feet (1 km²) of office space lost on September 11th, to memorialize the victims of the attacks, and to revive New York City's economy and skyline.

Detailed information about the Memory Foundations initial site plan can be seen here.

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