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I -- I think about a memorial before competition was and done.
Went for some reason I was really drawn to the Hudson River and I imagine these two enormous -- in the Hudson River.
And idea these -- -- posters.
Surface of the water and water flowing into them and of course water doesn't do that.
-- bad this -- is sort of stuck in my head ended up making a small.
-- -- fountain.
Realize that idea and what are they wanted to this sort of find a way of marking abstinence this sort of sense.
Avoid -- despite.
-- both water remains very presence.
And I ended up building missile bottle back in 2003 and set it aside and a few months later there was competition for the -- for the world right here on the side.
And you know I was a very different.
They -- -- thinking about memorial and it's you know.
Only accessible by say it's really.
Reflection about since in this -- -- the reflection and the reverend Bruce coming here it's -- very excited that attacked.
A place where people could come to visit and senator visited so these ideas -- these two twin boys benefit me in the Hudson River I imagine here on the memorial plus.
And also drew on my own experiences being here in New York early after the attack.
A few -- after the attack to washes are part -- and I.
In the morning and and I came there by myself and I found about a dozen people standing around that -- -- -- apart and there were candles lit it and and as a moment of silence between everybody there.
But I came about myself I didn't feel -- when I was there -- felt defensive.
-- community and what I wanted to capture.
Is that sense of community and bring into this -- hands taking this two very different idea as it.
-- the world -- that match in the Hudson in my own experiences here in the city.
Today at a place dad that would mark.
That -- But also create.
Memorial plus living part of the city that would welcome people.
And allowed him to come to this -- and and confront the history of what happened here without.
Without getting an overwhelming offense.
The despair which is what I felt that first.
We really that evening that I.
That I found.
Solace in my fellow New Yorkers don't want it.
-- -- -- -- -- Gather.
I was so important really change the way that I thought about.
Moving forward and I hope this -- -- -- Other people to do that.
That's -- -- apparently now have seven year old world.
You start to see a lot of different very.
I love building stuff had a lot of Legos.
Build these huge imaginary.
Cities -- every toy and every -- would be required that I would have kind of it would take over my entire bedroom -- That.
Bad you know I came dark Specter as a kid is -- And in -- going to be in our very very.
I was -- -- a major in college and I got off my requirements out of the way.
And I was always had since two yard and I had from the ball inside take your numbers the art classes throughout.
Have been added bus -- -- really do take any costs -- -- is that there's about fifty yards plus.
Arctic character art history.
You know that very subject you know religion philosophy -- kind of and I applied to law school and as it is where I grew up.
And I didn't get ended her serum vitamin.
You know I'm gonna -- a lot -- call finalized we'll get in -- dark of night tonight.
He's -- our -- go here in the states and I got in -- He doesn't really tough decisions -- -- really different paths and Y and -- -- play.
And you -- seem like an easy path but -- LA such -- Very excited to.
To go for studied architecture in Atlanta Georgia Tech and moved -- -- to New York united I was working -- from terrorism bombs or three years.
An effect on the day if they attack I was working on the design of and it's very skyscraper in Hong Broncos and chargers designing the top.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know.
-- You just seem like such.
And transition to go from working on.
Skyscraper to working.
It's incredibly gratifying to see -- statement.
-- you know it has been -- really difficult process.
And it's been.
Close to eight -- is.
I've -- and vigilance for the project and really you -- your design out there and you hope there will be except it was accepted by the -- but then you go you know that's just the very first ever gotten -- out of the game.
-- nowhere near the finish -- what I've been doing over the last seven and -- half years.
Has been constantly advocating for what I think is important for the memorial.
And because the project like this thing you know you have those -- -- -- Direction you're heading there are many different ways.
Of this -- and changes in meaning.
If you think about writing me great but it.
-- -- -- -- About building where a better country.
What materials news how you designed.
For a visitor how you think about the way in which the names -- the display goes up can all change.
And the media.
And profound way.
I've all -- had a very clear idea.
The experience and I want people to have when they come here and bad.
Making sure that that happened has required -- to be on top of this every couple and it's not abandon nuclear or.
Friction free profit from her family have been a lot of where -- Some of the most contested.
Real -- in the it's terrifying -- love -- and your response to go.
And all you can do is group approach to one day at a time.
Olympic spirit -- -- you.
It's -- great beyond.
Fighting president through -- Today I -- very big huge milestone for us have a lot more to -- here as you can tell.
303 days left opening.
He can really -- Signs of progress everywhere and -- out here.
Yesterday actually saw them turned off -- -- stand by guys filled words Sarah.
-- He's working on this found he was so visibly moved by and -- -- -- -- very -- -- their -- -- To give.
Space for people to experience these.
-- -- -- Not negative ever dreamed up there.
I think the real test will be wrong way openness.
We see how people react.
Memorial I think.
To say there's going to be bad experience you are gonna have -- defending can be a whole variety of different ways.
And where are those.
Who lost family members and friends can be very different experience and for.
Most people who have -- excited.
Has -- Scientific American people will receive through.
Come here and pay their respects.
One thing that you see here.
A very important that debate about how the names of the victims will be deployed.
And we want it.
Collective loss that we all suffered with a very individual lots and -- Name on the memorial.
He's given its own space its own.
And it's part of this constellation of other names that -- But I wouldn't want to list the names in the -- of the very.
Or organized manner and the way in which -- are -- going to be displayed on the memorial.
There are grouped into nine major movement to reflect where people -- Whether there on this -- without -- and it's those days are.
And then within these very large groups the names appeared to be.
Parade randomly on the memorial but there are actually very carefully laid out.
No one thing that we did is we reached out -- -- member of the past and expect and deserve the name of another.
This season they're.
You would like to see with the next in the name of the person you -- And we had over a thousand responses that -- managed -- actually accommodate afterward by.
And I really did better prepared to move names around within these major movement that was created.
To reflect and so there these are invisible connections between man -- very.
Where the family members and friends -- come -- -- you name connected to other don't know about and that's.
But my -- is through.
For the memorial in the world vision will be able to transmit that information to.
You visit a compliment you want to -- -- might be listening to an audio description.
About a specific now -- panel I've every -- we found out about putting your name.
-- here reporting somebody talking about the person that bailout and not just the -- but also the people that they were.
We're friends wherever found and and what was important is -- at the same time like convey that the enormity of this attack good size of these schools.
When you walk up do you really feel that sort of enormous boardroom.
And I think that echoed through the magnitude of the towers -- here.
And the hundreds of names -- around each school.
-- visitor comes here and is confronted by about that see your name.
And that is.
I had Villa takes ones breath away you know next Daryn fifty years from now.
That -- think -- wanted to be just about this sort of huge and overwhelming thought we also wanted to.
To bring in that this cause they'll be -- neutral name relationships.
People -- with other people around.
You know about 5000 people into the competition than it was -- a downstate finalists.
And as a final without one -- -- we had our designs -- good good right across the street the winter garden.
Couple weeks before and with the irons were unveiled -- -- contacted that.
You should pick and a very design because if you don't they're -- the press book report for you might not like that.
Kind of fed need to cast I think what name.
We begin that desire I had always -- -- it -- you know the memorial.
You know -- -- -- And India will become the nine elevenths memorial and that's really what it is.
Bad there is a lot of thought and deliberation that went into that.
-- some great feedback from friends who are involved in the -- The notion about -- was so.
Clearly part of the design from the from the get go to that.
It was kind of starting block and we -- boys and happened.
Reflecting absence decision to leave Friday -- Your -- and open enough to interpretation.
Yet descriptive enough.
That I felt very comfortable.
You know I'm not attached to that -- -- they get.
It's a temporary stage very.
Will be known as an -- of the world you know.
I was at home in the east village -- without morning.
I heard on the radio that a plane had hit the tower and I thought about some of the small planet right now we're back.
I walked over to my bedroom window and I could see smoke billowing out of the -- I walked up to the roof of my apartment building and actually -- this out.
-- -- Immediately.
You -- It was no accident.
My first graduates entered turn north and looked at vampires.
Sort of hear that that would be neck and down.
My wife was working downtown at the -- about ten blocks away from parents yet to -- and it worked very early that morning.
And my first concern was for -- -- Try to call possible factor.
-- I just jumped on by storm headed down here.
I found very you know her office -- have been evacuated -- broad street along north a lot of history.
And we were right at Fulton street which is read here behind us that a few bucks for a very.
When the first hour and find out.
Good and actually see a good result was driver of the silent respect.
You know the buildings in -- so densely.
Packed together you can hear this noise you can hear that sound.
Wave of panic sweeping through the crowd and I I had no idea -- What they were defendants Barnett and -- what you're talking about it is only when we went a couple of blocks further north and I look back that I could be.
That it had wrong and we continued north along.
The we were by the way for a break.
Here we -- again.
South tower fell and I got home you know.
Probably not more than two or three hours after that laughter.
Towers were standing right there.
A moment there or Don I just think that is the type of brutality that occurred on that -- should never.
And -- this in any way.
I'll be satisfied with the what we've done here.
Mean we've always had conflict.
Where nobody is -- There are ways to fight complex and that's one.
I hope that.
-- you you know value that will be carried.
You know -- 150 years from now.
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