| This plan
creates a whole new city district with many different places and
The heart of the district is a special Public Garden, whose shape
and geometry are generated by the WTC tower footprints. This garden
is a walled enclosure, quiet and contemplative, a place of allegory,
historical remembrance, symbolism and repose. Within the garden
and at other places throughout the district will be sites for
an international memorial competition.
The garden is sunken below the streets and located behind the
adjacent blocks. It serves as an inner courtyard for the whole
city, a place of refuge. The garden contains an open amphitheater
on the North Tower footprint with 2,797 seats, one for each victim
of the tragedy. Underneath the theater, at bedrock, is the museum
to the events of September 11.
Circling out from the garden and amphitheater are the other layers
of this new city district, a rich and permanent pattern of streets,
boulevards, squares, towers, parks and gardens that together form
a new urbane public realm, one that can heal the city and reach
out to enhance the broader civic structure of all Lower Manhattan.