Memory Foundations

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The Initial design
Final 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 (LMDC) 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 11, 2001, attacks. Surrounding the memorial was to be five large office buildings arranged in an ascending spiral upward from the southeast of the site, culminating in the complex's tallest building, the 1,776-foot (541 m) One World Trade Center. Also included will be the World Trade Center Transportation Hub; the National September 11 Museum; a cultural complex being designed by Frank Gehry; and various parks and public spaces.

The actual design (the one which is constructed) involves a different design and arrangement of buildings. The original plan aimed to fully replace the 10,000,000 square feet (930,000 m2) of office space lost on September 11, 2001, to memorialize the victims of the attacks, and to revive New York City's economy and skyline.[1]

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