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NEW YORK CITY-Governor George Pataki yesterday unveiled the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.’s new hopes for the future of Downtown. The embattled organization revealed the six teams it has chosen from a field of 407 applicants to participate in yet another design study of the World Trade Center site.

The six teams include a total of 27 different firms, individualarchitects and artists whose portfolios include projects such as the Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Jewish Museum in Berlin; the MorganStanley World Headquarters in New York; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki; MoMa Queens in Long Island City; and the Yokohama International Port Terminal in Japan.

“These architects and planners represent some of the best andbrightest minds in the world – and New York deserves nothing less,” Pataki said. “The rebuilding of the World Trade Center site is one of themost important projects ever undertaken in our nation’s history. Whathappened on Sept. 11th affected not only the United States, but theentire world and all those who cherish freedom. It’s appropriate andinspiring that architects and planners from many different countries are now coming to together to help rebuild New York City.”

The finalists include:

  • Studio Daniel Libeskind, Berlin, Germany
  • Foster and Partners, London, England
  • Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman, Charles Gwathmey, and Steven Holl
  • United Architects–Reiser Umemoto (New York); Foreign Office Architects (London, England); Greg Lynn FORM (Los Angeles); Imaginary Forces (New York and Los Angeles); Kevin Kenon Architect (New York); UN Studio(Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Think–Shigeru Ban (Tokyo), Frederic Schwartz (New York), Ken Smith (New York), Rafael Vinoly (New York) with Arup, Buro Happold Engineers (Bath, England), Jorg Schlaich (Stuttgart, Germany), William Moorish (Charlottesville, VA), David Rockwell (New York), Jane Marie Smith (Baltimore, MD)

    New York New Visions, a coalition of 21 architecture, engineering, planning,landscape architecture and design organizations, recommended a distinguishedgroup of six panelists to winnow down the 407 submissions to a group offinalists. The panelists included Toshiko Mori, Chair of the Department ofArchitecture, Harvard Design School; Eugenie L. Birch, Professor and Chairof the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University ofPennsylvania; Richard N. Swett, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark and theonly licensed architect to serve in the US Congress in the 20th Century;Kinshasha Holman Conwill, an arts and management consultant and DirectorEmeritus of the Studio Museum of Harlem; Terence Riley, Chief Curator of theDepartment of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art; Michael VanValkenburgh, landscape architect and principal of Van ValkenburghAssociates.

    The six teams will each receive a $40,000 stipend to work on creating plansfor the site and surrounding areas based on new requirements being developed by the LMDC and Port Authority. Among the newprogram requirements will be a range of commercial space, a preference forpreserving the footprints as part of the memorial space, a powerful skylineelement, the creation of a grand promenade on West Street, and theexploration of residential housing on or off the site.

    LMDC and PA will continue to work with consultant teams previously engagedon the project, including Peterson Littenberg Architecture and Urban Design,and they too will be invited to participate in the design study. At the endof the study, LMDC and the PA will select the most promising ideas fromthose generated during the study, and invite those firms to work with LMDCand PA’s consultants to refine and develop the ideas into site planproposals.

    By the end of the year, the LMDC and PA will present at least three new site plan proposals for public review. A final land use plan is expected tobe released in Spring 2003.

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