World Trade Center
A Regeneration Concept
Then Almitra spoke, saying, We would ask now of Death.
And he said:
You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide into the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to
melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Kahlil Gibran
What public submittal to NYNV?

Concept as submitted 2002

e-mail history to LMDC

Winning concept

Guarding Wikipedia!

Public criticism in 2002 of the initial round of WTC rebuild concepts by 6 architectural design firms triggered a response from the LMDC. It was decided that a public outreach should be used to obtain ideas for a new vision.

Public submission of ideas was conducted during July/August of 2002 by New York New Visions. It was to be used for public display of ideas submitted for the new concept for the WTC site.

It was at this point, on July 22, 2002, that I submitted the WTC concept that involved beams of sunlight appearing at 9:15 am each Sept. 11, the reflecting facades and the "tree of life" and green building as a regenerative concept.

It was subsequently used and developed as the WTC concept without attribution.

L. Barlow, AIA

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