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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:17 pm    Post subject: 2 September 11th Memorial Press Releases
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, September 10, 2009

NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM PROVIDES NEW ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN DETAILS FOR MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Design Bears Witness to the Power and Authenticity of the World Trade Center
Preserves and Incorporates original WTC Artifacts Creating Contemplative Space

At a press conference at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum today provided a design briefing for the Memorial Museum. The Museum, designed by Davis Brody Bond Aedas, will preserve original World Trade Center historic assets and incorporate them into the architectural design, creating a powerful and contemplative space. The Museum’s primary exhibition spaces will be located at the base of the site enabling visitors to encounter authentic remnants of the World Trade Center. The Museum will house interpretive exhibitions and programming that honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terrorist attacks, preserve the history of the events, and provide historical context for 9/11, its aftermath and continuing implications.

Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said, “The Museum will provide visitors with a powerful encounter with the remains of the World Trade Center. Key artifacts such as the slurry wall, the column remnants of the Towers, the ‘Survivors’ Stairs’ and the last column to be removed from the World Trade Center site at the end of the recovery efforts -- are featured elements of the Museum’s design. With 80% of the steel already installed, the very structure of the Museum is taking shape.”

Memorial Museum Director Alice M. Greenwald said, “This architectural design creates a meaningful and authentic space to tell the story of 9/11 and remember those who were killed in the attacks. Visitors will be able to access historic remnants of the World Trade Center that demonstrate the scale of the buildings, the enormity of the devastation, and the void that was left in the wake of the attacks. They will also encounter artifacts that speak to survival and resilience, reminding us of the human capacity to endure and overcome tragedy.”

Davis Brody Bond Aedas Partner Steven Davis said, “The architectural design of the museum is the synthesis of a variety of experiences and will mediate between our memories and the realities of the events of 9/11.”

Visitors will enter the Museum through the Museum Pavilion, designed by the Norwegian architecture firm, Snøhetta. Located between the two Memorial pools on the northeast quadrant of the Memorial Plaza, the Pavilion will provide information, general site orientation, ticketing services for the Museum, as well as security screening. From the Pavilion, visitors will access the Museum’s lower-level lobby and public gathering space known as “Memorial Hall,” which in turn leads to the exhibition spaces at bedrock level of the World Trade Center.

To reach the primary exhibition space, visitors will descend a gently ramped “ribbon,” echoing the ramp that once was used by construction workers to help build the World Trade Center and was again used in the aftermath of the attacks for the recovery and clean-up of the site and by victims’ family members to access bedrock on anniversaries of 9/11. From the ramp, vistas will be created, providing a sense of the vastness of the site and the scale of the original Towers. Visitors will be able to stand between the locations of the original Twin Towers and experience their scale, which will be referenced by two metal-clad, ethereal volumes.

PRESERVATION OF WORLD TRADE CENTER ARTIFACTS

The architectural design incorporates and features key artifacts that speak to the history of the World Trade Center site and the events of September 11, 2001. The final descent to the base of the site will take visitors alongside the Vesey Street Stair remnant also known as the “Survivor Stairs.” The Stairway was used by hundreds to escape the destruction of the Towers on 9/11.

The design will also feature the preserved box column remnants which mark the footprints of the original towers. Where possible, remains of the original World Trade Center slab will be preserved in the footprints. At bedrock level will be the primary Museum exhibition, which will tell the history of 9/11, its context and aftermath, as well as a memorial exhibition, honoring the lives of each individual victim.

Within the West Chamber of the Museum, visitors will encounter an enormous space created by large shear walls and long span trusses. The space references both the absence of the buildings and the enormity of the site. A preserved portion of the original World Trade Center slurry wall, which withstood the collapse of the Towers and prevented the site from being flooded by the Hudson River, will be displayed in this space.

The West Chamber will also house the “Last Column” which was returned to the site in late August for permanent installation in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The massive “Last Column” was covered in tributes from members of the construction trades, rescue personnel, and family members before the column was removed from the site, marking the end of the nine-month recovery efforts in May 2002. The return of the “Last Column” marked a major milestone in the construction of the Memorial and Museum as it is the first artifact moved from conservation to the Museum.

The Museum’s exhibitions are currently being designed by Thinc Design together with Local Projects. The primary exhibition will feature three parts: the events of September 11, 2001, the antecedents to the attacks, and the aftermath including the ongoing and evolving implications of the attacks.

More information on the architectural intentions of the design is included in an attachment to this press release. New renderings of the Memorial Museum are available at http://www.national911memorial.org/ in the Newsroom section.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to realize the Memorial quadrant at the World Trade Center site. The organization is responsible for raising the funds and overseeing the design for the project and will program and operate the Memorial & Museum located on 8 of the 16 acres of the site.

The Memorial will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.

The Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11 and its aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.

Donations can be made through and more information can be found at the Memorial & Museum’s website, http://www.national911memorial.org/, or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.

ABOUT DAVIS BRODY BOND AEDAS

Headquartered in New York and with offices in Washington, DC; São Paulo, Brazil; and Seattle, Washington, Davis Brody Bond Aedas is among the nation’s leading architectural design firms. Known for innovative solutions to complex design challenges, the firm’s work encompasses civic and cultural buildings, university facilities, housing, corporate offices, industrial and institutional buildings. The firm has been honored with more than 100 major design awards including the American Institute of Architects Firm Award, the highest honor given to an architectural practice as well as the 2000 Presidential Design Award for Excellence.

Davis Brody Bond Aedas is a member of the winning design team for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture to be located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Additionally, among the firm's cultural commissions are a new infill building and restoration of the historic New York Public Library, MOMA's Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, the master planning and extension of Lincoln Center, The Palm House Restoration and Steinhardt Conservatory at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and the International Wildlife Conservation Park at The Bronx Zoo.

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Contact: National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Lynn Rasic/Michelle Breslauer, 212-312-8800

Davis Brody Bond Aedas: Jacqueline Pezzillo, 212-633-4710, jacqueline.pezzillo@davisbrodyaedas.com

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Click here for the The National September 11 Memorial Museum Davis Brody Bond Aedas Design Statement



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, September 10, 2009

PUBLIC INVITED TO “MAKE HISTORY” THROUGH NATIONAL 9/11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM INITIATIVE
Material Collected through New Website to Become a Permanent Part of the Museum’s 9/11 History
500 Hour Video Archive of 9/11 Related Footage Donated to the Museum

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum today issued a world-wide invitation for the public to submit media related to the events of 9/11 through a new online initiative, “Make History.” The public can submit images, video and personal stories using a newly launched website, 911history.org, that will become a permanent digital archive and help build a web-based, interactive mapped timeline of the events.

In addition, as a major contribution to the Museum’s effort to collect 9/11 content, filmmakers Steve Rosenbaum and Pamela Yoder today donated rights to preserve and display 500 hours of video footage collected in The CameraPlanet Archive. This trove of video content will be an extraordinary resource for the Museum’s exhibitions and programming. In the wake of 9/11, Rosenbaum and Yoder collected, organized, catalogued and dubbed hundreds of hours of first-person video tape of the events and their aftermath.

“Public participation is critical to building the historical record of the events of 9/11,” said 9/11 Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels. “911history.org will create a collective history of 9/11 through those who experienced it, both at the attack sites and around the world. The greater the participation and the more information we can collect will allow for a deeper sense of the ongoing impact of 9/11. In that respect, we are also grateful to Steven Rosenbaum and Pamela Yoder for their incredible work and foresight in realizing the need to preserve a unique compilation of filmed raw material.”

“9/11 was probably the most widely documented event in modern history witnessed by literally billions of people in real time around the world,” said Memorial Museum Director Alice M. Greenwald. “In many ways, we are still trying to understand the far-reaching impact of the events of September 11, and so we are inviting people to share their personal accounts and perspectives with the Museum.”

MAKE HISTORY THROUGH 911HISTORY.ORG

Using Street View, the immersive ground-level photography feature of Google Maps, uploaded images to the website become juxtaposed within 360-degree interactive panoramas of the locations from which they were taken, providing a deeper understanding of each unique vantage point. The images, videos and personal stories contributed to the "Make History" initiative will be time stamped and layered over the Street View imagery of Google Maps so they can be placed into a chronological timeline of the events of 9/11.

The public is invited to submit images, videos, and stories that relate to:
-- The terrorist attacks
-- The way those attacks were witnessed and experienced globally
-- Vigils across the United States and around the world
-- Aid efforts across the United States and the world
-- Documentation of the World Trade Center prior to 9/11

The “Make History” online initiative, has already collected powerful images and stories that may become part of the Museum’s primary exhibition. Already, donations have come from Harry Zernike, Ron Agam and Hiro Oshima, all of whose personal experiences at the World Trade Center site are documented on the “Make History” website.

“This initiative is more than merely a website, or a means simply to collect material,” said 9/11 Memorial Museum Creative Director Michael Shulan. “Our goal is to make meaningful online narratives, and to explore what it means to be a twenty-first century museum. As such, “Make History” is a preview of the kinds of things we will be doing in the primary exhibition when it opens.”

The innovative 911history.org website was created by Local Projects LLC, which is partnering with Thinc Design, to design the exhibitions for the Memorial Museum

“Make History allows the history of 9/11 to be spoken from the voice of those who experienced it,” said Jake Barton, Principal, Local Projects LLC. “We know that there were vigils in Tehran, London, Berlin, Japan, and this is our way to reach out and make contact with anyone who has images or stories about experiencing 9/11 around the world. This is an effort to invite the world to understand history from the perspective of those who witnessed it.”

The Memorial Museum will include three major components within its primary exhibition. The first part will document the events of the September 11, 2001, including stories of witness, survival and response; the second part will chronicle the antecedents to 9/11, including the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, the rise of Al Qaeda, and the 9/11 plot; and the third section will explore the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, including the recovery effort at Ground Zero and the outpouring of compassion, as well as the ongoing impact of the attacks on the world that we live in today. The Museum will also include a Memorial Exhibition honoring the lives of the nearly 3,000 individuals who perished in the 2001 and 1993 attacks.

THE CAMERAPLANET ARCHIVE

On September 11, 2001, Steven Rosenbaum and Pamela Yoder began to collect film and still images for The CameraPlanet Archive. Recognizing the need to record and preserve the history of 9/11 particularly the days and weeks after they contacted filmmakers and other New Yorkers asking them to share their stories and footage. The result was the collection of more than 500 hours of first-person video tape.

Using The CameraPlanet Archive, both Rosenbaum and Yoder made films, including “7 Days in September” and “Witness 9/11.” Both films capture memories, emotions and response to the tragedy and celebrate the ability of Americans to pull together in the aftermath.

“From inception of the CameraPlanet collection, we were deeply committed to the idea that the material would find its way back to the site of the World Trade Center,” said Steven Rosenbaum, The CameraPlanet Archive’s chief curator. “While our collection is large, we know that everyone has their own 9/11 story, pictures, or video. We commend the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for initiating the ‘Make History’ outreach, , as 9/11 was the first event in world history, which was documented largely by the public on the actual day and in the weeks and months following.

“The ‘Make History’ web initiative will enable individuals to share their stories and become part of the museum’s archive,” Rosenbaum said. “This is a global, collective living history project that will expand with our lives and memories a shared, interactive exhibit. We hope our gift will inspire others to share their digital artifacts with the museum.”

The CameraPlanet Archive’s extensive collection of first-person video content will act as a foundational resource for the development of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s ongoing exhibitions and programming.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, raise the funds, and program and operate the Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site. The Memorial & Museum will be located on eight of the 16 acres of the site.

The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.

The Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11 and its aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.

Donations can be made through and more information can be found at the Memorial & Museum’s website, http://www.national911memorial.org/, or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.

ABOUT CAMERAPLANET
The CameraPlanet Archive is represented by CameraPlanet.com, a producer of film and television programs and worldwide news footage. The archive includes commercial, film, and documentary rights for the CameraPlanet Archive and the companies historic film and television properties. The Archive is managed by Emmy Award winning filmmakers Steven Rosenbaum and Pamela Yoder. http://www.cameraplanet.com/


ABOUT LOCAL PROJECTS
Local Projects is a media design firm for museums and public spaces. The firm creates a diverse range of installations from large environmental interactives, websites, and mobile applications, to simple experiences composed of thumbtacks, vellum, or conversation. For more information, visit http://www.localprojects.net/.

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Contact:
National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Lynn Rasic/Michelle Breslauer, 212-312-8800

For CameraPlanet, Chris Pfaff, chris@chrispfafftechmedia.com, 973-509-6565 (office) , 201-218-0262 (mobile), 800-705-2368 (pager)

Click here to download this release
Click here for "Make History" images




One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10006 ║p (212) 312-8800 ║f (212) 227-7931
http://www.national911memorial.org/
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