9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Site

Rebuilding the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been a daunting, contentious and dynamic process. Yet construction has moved forward. The 9/11 Memorial opened on the tenth anniversary of this tragic event. And One World Trade Center, now the tallest building in New York City, is nearing completion.

This architectural walking tour offers participants an opportunity to experience the 9/11 Memorial and to see the current state of construction at the World Trade Center site. We discuss the highly publicized competitions for the site’s master plan and memorial. Delve into the design and development of each of the main structures including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, office towers and transportation hub. And consider the influence and concerns of the different stakeholders by comparing the initial winning plans for rebuilding at Ground Zero to the final, much altered, designs that we see today.

We will also take a look back at the history of the original World Trade Center site and the transformation of Lower Manhattan after World War II. Compare Minoru Yamasaki’s 110-story Twin Towers, built on a 16-acre superblock, with current efforts to reconnect the new WTC to the street grid and surrounding neighborhoods. And we will see how the current emphasis on safety, security and sustainability is a response to the design and engineering of the original complex, the 9/11 attacks and a greater concern for ecologically-friendly architecture.

Tour Guide: Doug Fox conducts the monthly architecturally-focused 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center tour for AIA New York. For his other 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center tours, please visit Doug’s World Trade Center Tour website.

$20 for AIA Members
$30 for Non-Members
Please Purchase a Ticket Here
Tour is limited to 20 participants 

Meet: Southeast corner of Liberty Street and Trinity Place
(Corner of Zuccotti Park by bronze businessman on bench)
Google Map Link: http://g.co/maps/k79db

Security: All visitors to the 9/11 Memorial must go through airport-style security screening.

Other Info: Guide will email all attendees one day before the tour to confirm details. Only  those who have registered and paid for this event in advance will be able to participate. Guide will provide participants with passes to the 9/11 Memorial at the beginning of the tour. Please try to arrive 15 minutes early. The tour will be held rain or shine.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Saturday, December 8, 2012
    11 a.m.

  • Where: 

    World Trade Center Site
    Liberty Street and Trinity Place
    Southeast corner. (Corner of Zuccotti Park by bronze businessman on bench)
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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