Rebuilding Lower Manhattan

Reprinted from PN July 2004

New York City's visitors and residents will find accessibility is a high—and award-winning—priority.

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At bedrock level of a proposed World Trade Center memorial is a place for private contemplation, a personal space for remembrance.

Many important cities have faced the task of reconstructing due to destruction by wars or natural disasters. However, terrorism has never been as damaging in the U.S. as the events that took place on September 11, 2001, in New York City.

Soon after September 11, New York New Visions, a nonprofit organization strictly operated by volunteers, was formed. Members were design professionals of every trade including architects, landscape architects, planners, and graphic designers. These people got together to help heal their sense of loss and to use their professional skills to help their community. They met to discuss and brainstorm ideas that included all aspects required to rebuild an operating city. Out of their meetings, they developed guidelines for redevelopment.

When planning a redevelopment of any site, guidelines are of primary importance. The redevelopment of Lower Manhattan is probably one of the most complicated master-planning projects in the history of the United States. And according to Fredric (Rick) Bell, F.A.I.A., executive director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter and head of New York New Visions, Accessibility discussions have taken place not only at New York New Visions but also at meetings of the other key design and planning groups and coalitions, including Image New York, the Civic Allowance, and R. DotRebuild Downtown Our Town."

This article follows the steps taken to assure access to the "new" Lower Manhattan.


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