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Type: Architect
Nationality: Polish
Date of Birth: 05/12/1946




 

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Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.
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Winning a competition in architecture is a ticket to oblivion. It's just an idea. Ninety-nine per cent never get built.
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I don't get to sleep when I'm in New York. Really. I'm living on adrenaline.
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It's been hard to hand over the working design of Freedom Tower to another architect - although we're still a part of the team, and so is Larry.
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I'm not Candide, nor Dr Pangloss, but we know that faith moves mountains.
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And it is very moving because one has to see the site not as just another site of development but it is a very special site. It is a site that souls and hearts of all Americans.
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And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream.
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And, yes, I love the process of building.
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And then, build a bustling wonderful city of the 21st century, with a restoration of a spectacular skyline, which Manhattan, of course, needs. So, that is really the design as a whole.
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I think there is a new awareness in this 21st century that design is as important to where and how we live as it is for museums, concert halls and civic buildings.
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We will work with everybody for the good of New York.
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There are more people living in Lower Manhattan now than before the terrorist attacks. That's faith for you. There's such a strong spirit here.
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The foreign press seems obsessed with the Freedom Tower, as if it was the only thing going on here. In fact, we're trying to keep a huge juggling act in balance, with the tower as just one of the many balls in play.
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There will be a competition for the memorial. And then it can be developed with trees, with planting. It can become a very beautiful place protected from the streets, because it is below. And it can be something very moving and very private.
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It's a fantastic responsibility and a wonderful moment.
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It's about how to bring together the seemingly contradictory aspects of the memorial, which is about a tragedy and how it changed the world, but also about creating a vital and beautiful city of the 21st century.
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But the US is a democracy, and when a government is voted out, these humanist notions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness continue.
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I studied architecture in New York. So, really I was very moved, like everyone else, to try to contribute something that has that resonance and profundity of it means to all of us.
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Well, I think one doesn't really have to invent this memorial space, because it is already there. And it is speaking with a voice and, you know, 4 million of us came to see the site.
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When you're a kid with artistic yearnings brought up in the Bronx, you don't get fed up too easily.
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Well, I didn't want to have the reminder sort of in the sky, so that people would forever look at it. I wanted to have - really to create a city from the bottom up. From that foundation, which held, from the democratic power of what the site really is.
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And of course I like Berlin a lot. It's such an interesting city.
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Only through acknowledgment of the erasure and void of Jewish life can the history of Berlin and Europe have a human future.
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It's a project that touched me as an immigrant and as a New Yorker.
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We all came to see that site. We all walked around it. It is already sacred.
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