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Friday, 27 December, 2002, 13:32 GMT
How do you like the new WTC designs?
Seven different designs for a memorial on the World Trade Center site have been presented by leading architects in New York.
The plans need to please business interests alongside honouring those who died when the original twin towers collapsed.
Earlier blueprints for the site were abandoned by New Yorkers for being unimaginative and this time round, the competing companies were given more freedom with the designs.
The new outlines are all gentler shapes than the gigantic towers which weren't well received when they went up in the Sixties. One includes a floating memorial with 2,800 lights - one for every victim of the 11 September attacks.
British architect Lord Foster is a strong contender to win when the decision is made in the new year. He described his design as the tallest, greenest and safest - "Two towers which kiss and touch and become one."
What do you think of the new designs for rebuilding south Manhattan? Are they better than those unveiled earlier this year? Has anything been missed out?
To view the designs click on the link on the top right of this webpage: In pictures: World Trade Center plans.
Thank you for your comments. This Talking Point is now closed. A selection of your e-mails is published below.
The only buildings that look like they belong in NYC are the ones designed by Peterson/Littenberg. I really like the way this design blends with the city landscape and leaves room for a memorial in the centre and it's the only design that's not obnoxiously hideous.
The old WTC was chosen as a terrorist target for symbolic reasons, as much as anything else. To rebuild smaller than before would be a victory for the terrorists. The Foster design is stunning - Please, New York, we love your famous skyline - make us envious!
I would go for the Peterson Littenberg design. Similar enough to the original site but different enough to show respect for those whose lives were lost. We should remember what was there rather than try to replace it completely, showing the world that it doesn't matter how they are attacked life will go on in the same old way.
None of these designs will ever replace what was lost.
It doesn't matter what gets built, as long as it isn't the Think Team's idea, which is a huge waste of space.
Think Team definitely gets my vote, representation is superb, and the fact that no one has to work in this building means something surely to those who had friends and family lost on the top floors.
It seems most people like the Fosters design. It certainly looks the most elegant of these proposals so I would have to say it is my favourite too. However, I'm more than a little disappointed with the proposals in general. They all tend to look a little unclear and messy. Aren't tall, imposing buildings supposed to have a clear, well defined profile? Is Richard Meier entirely mad? The last thing New York needs is a massive trellis fence.
I lost a very dear friend in WTC1 and I see no greater stand than to rebuild the World Trade Centers as they were before as an act of defiance. This will show that we will not bow down to any act of terrorism.
Ugly, ugly, ugly. This is unbelievable! I can't believe all these supposedly superb and prominent architects couldn't do something that wouldn't look like it's from planet Zork. The one with the Think Team looks fine, though.
These designs are definitely ugly. All they are doing is adding more concrete to already concrete jungle. These are not in harmony with nature, just like the events which took away twin towers were not in harmony with human nature. The new design should use more natural looks and material. Height does not matter....the beauty, and the harmony it brings, should be the central theme. The world needs beauty, not a tall symbol to symbolize ego's!
The Twin Towers cannot be replaced but, with designs like these a new history can be built on a foundation of strength and unity displayed by the NYC people during that terrible time.
Michael Cox, Canada
Finally, plans that call for tall, majestic buildings. What better way to heal the city famous for tall buildings. I especially like the Richard Meier's inter-connected 5-buildings.
Wow! The design from Foster and Partners is my favourite. I never thought anyone could come up with a better design than the original twin tower style. It will be a fabulous tribute to NYC from a wonderful British design team.
These designs are hideous! They may be daring and different but in 30 years they are going to be old fashioned and out of place. I am a supporter of innovation and difference in buildings but if you ignore the surroundings or forget about practicality what is the point? If any of these go up I will be glad that I don't live in NY.
At last some interesting designs. The first designs that were presented were awful. Sir Foster's design is very impressive and my favourite by far. However, people might be concerned about the height; in that case I'd go for Libeskind or the Think Team's design. I hate the Peterson Littenberg design; this is the 21st century after all.
Mike Williamson, Germany
On the basis that people may not want to occupy such tall buildings again, the Think Team's proposal might be the most appropriate.
I am happy that honourable architects have unveiled designs for the new WTC and I appreciate their work as an Afghan and represent all other innocent Afghans' appreciation to hard working architects and pain staked New Yorkers.
Catherine, NYC, USA
I think all the proposed project look absolutely terrible. Have they all gone mad? It is as if the architects believe that it can replace the losses from 9/11 by building big and above all very distasteful. I would think a stylish and more discrete development would 0suit better. Get an Italian architect involved, they have a much better taste and feel for this.
I don't like any of them. My preference would be to see the exact same design go back up, but perhaps with a black/smoke colored glass exterior. What greater tribute to those lost than to show that they did not die in vain? I say put them back the way they were AS a tribute to those lost.
I agree with Laurie from Connecticut. I think all the designs are trying too hard. They got it right the first time - the towers should be recreated as they used to be.
Tejinder Singh, India
You know, as long as the buildings are as tall, or taller, than the original WTC, I'll be happy.
For those who died, we should definitely keep mainly the memorial park, and rebuild something symbolic for New York City with no business offices in it. I suggest the steel towers keep the victims' souls in the sky. They are still alive!
I think there are enough high rise buildings in NY city. They need to create a park instead for folks to enjoy and a memorial for those that perished.
Chris Briggs, UK
These designs represent a good range of international flavour. The most fitting to me seems to be Peterson/Littenberg due to its suggestive tranquillity, a nice honour to those who died.
As a New Yorker I am very glad to see that no matter which design is chosen, at least it will fill the hole in the sky. Fifty stories would never have satisfied me. New York is famous for its bold and innovative spirit, and these designs are far more in keeping with its character.
Aesthetically, I like Studio Libeskind's design best. It's a bold statement in the skyline that gives off a distinctly 21st century sleek yet strong impression.
However, I fear any office building that gets built will become so heavily fortified that it would be impractical for business. Perhaps the Think team idea (purely decoaritve towers) is more realisitic.
Bill Kammermeier, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
These designs are better. They finally understand that repairing the skyline is important to New Yorkers. They may have trouble finding occupants at first, but remember the Empire State building was unprofitable for 30 years after it was built. The tenants will come eventually.
I find it hard to decide. Foster and Partners design is beautiful, and the kissing towers are romantic. They could change downtown from a fairly cold, financial area into a romantic, fun and forward looking part of the Big Apple. We can remember the dead and still look to the future.
These designers seem to forget that some of us have to live here and we don't want to look at these monstrosities everyday.
I hope they go with the Peterson/Littenberg design as it is will create the most appealing skyline. Otherwise the Think team's design is second best. The rest are nothing but eyesores.
Peter C. Kohler, USA
Any design that's as tall as or taller than the WTC is doomed to failure. Who's going to want to work in an obvious terror target?
Finally, something daring, defiant, breathtaking and forward-looking. Something that recaptures vision and soaring heights of New York and its vibrancy. These designs are great. The taller the better. And yes, I'd live or work in any of them, target or not.
These are so much more imaginative and reflective of New York City in the 21st century than the first set of designs. Lord Foster's is my favourite.
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