some of you know, one of my projects was a
design for the Memorial to be built at Ground Zero
in New York City, site of the September 11 tragedy.
This design was submitted through a competition
with very specific guidelines. There were 5,500
submissions worldwide. My submission to the Ground
Zero Memorial represented the third time that I
have proposed an architectural structure in response
to conflict and tragedy.
original proposed structure was conceived for a site
on Mount Sinai in Egypt. The Sinai concept was in response
to a plan President Anwar Sadat had envisioned for this
specific site. His vision was of a center for learning
and worship with separate spaces for these purposes.
My concept expanded upon that idea with the introduction
of a central unifying space that led to the three separate
places of worship that he had envisioned. I called the
design ‘Point of Peace’.
President Sadat was assassinated, the architectural
design for Point of Peace was presented to the cabinet
of the new President, Hosni Muburak.
cabinet was unable to pursue the project at that time,
and it’s potential to become a reality in Egypt went
I presented the concept to H.M. King Hussein of
Jordan for a site within Jordan. The site was chosen
to be a center point for those factions in conflict
in the area. His Majesty realized the concept for
a peace center was in itself valuable as something
that existed in a state of positive potential.
The ‘Point of Peace’ concept and drawings
were held by him in the spirit and hope that one
day it might become reality.
design that was presented to the jury in New
York for the Ground Zero Memorial embodied many
of the goals of the Point of Peace project originally
proposed for Sinai and then Jordan. Architecturally,
however, it was a completely new concept.
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new design utilized remnants of metal from the World Trade
Center that were to be melted and reformed into an architectural
sculpture that towered above and around a dome-like building.
This building represented a symbolic shelter and point of peace
for all people regardless of cultural or religious background.
It featured a disc of water surrounded by multiple levels of
circular seating areas. An eternal flame was centered within
the disc of water. At night, a laser projected from the eternal
flame through the center of the structure’s oculus and
into the sky.
Even though the design was not selected, I am thankful many people
saw the presentation. What I am most interested in above
and beyond any concept is the possibility that there might
be a movement in the minds and attitudes of people that could
lead to higher and broader perspectives for the good of us
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