9/11 Memorial

Lower Manhattan, Manhattan

Image Credit: Marley White

In this episode of The Gotham Center for New York City History’s Sites and Sounds podcast series, James E. Young talks about the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. In the wake of the attacks on that day twenty years ago, debate swirled over what to do with Ground Zero. Some wanted to rebuild immediately. Others wanted to leave the site hallowed. When the decision was made for a monument of some kind, over 5,000 proposals came in from around the world. Ten years after the devastation, the Memorial was built. Here, Young reflects on his experience as one of the jurors who evaluated those submissions, and connects the process and design vernacular to other, similar memorials in recent decades, drawing on his book The Stages of Memory.