Build Boston Booms
by Evan H. Shu, FAIA
An excellent way to keep current in the architectural world is to attend the Build Boston conference held every November. This year's event shattered previous records with 13,000 participants attending over 260 seminars and workshops led by industry professionals from around the United States.
One highlight of the three-day conference was an update on the design process for the World Trade Center site in New York City. In "The Rebirth of Lower Manhattan: One Year Later," key designers and planners described the history and future of this massively complicated project.
Eventually the new development will contain a memorial, retail space, and perhaps as much as 10 million square feet (0.9 million square meters) of office space, all built around and over a complex node of transportation lines involving ferries, rail, and subway systems. By necessity, much of the design for a fully rebuilt transportation system is underway, but Port Authority of New York and New Jersey architect Robert Davidson explained that it incorporates some flexibility to accommodate unknown future development above ground.
Helping guide the way is New York New Visions, a pro-bono coalition of 21 architecture, engineering, planning, and design organizations. They are advising the state- and city-created Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), which is overseeing and coordinating the site's long-term redevelopment. >>>
At Build Boston in November 2002, much attention focused on rebuilding Manhattan's World Trade Center site.
Great Buildings Photo by Greenstreet
The initial six concept schemes for the World Trade Center site met with great public criticism.
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