Paul Goldberger on memorializing 9/11

This weekend not only marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it also marks the opening of the official memorial at ground zero in New York City.  The memorial was designed by architect Michael Arad, along with landscape architect Peter Walker, and it’s called “Reflecting Absence.” The memorial consists primarily of two huge reflecting pools sunken into the ground at the exact spots where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

Need to Know’s William Brangham talks with Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for The New Yorker magazine about the 9/11 Memorial as well as other developments at the ground zero site.

Goldberg is the author of the 2004 book “Up From Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York,” which chronicled the efforts of government officials, developers, architects, and victim’s families to try and decide what to do on the ground zero site.

Goldberger has also written extensively about ground zero, and the 9/11 Memorial for The New Yorker.  His most recent piece, just out this week, is called “Shaping the Void.”

Watch the rest of the segments from this episode.

 

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