Holiday Reading (Part 2): Michael Arad

Original WTC Memorial Proposal by Arad

The Breaking of WTC Memorial Architect Michael Arad

When the then-34-year-old architect won the ground-zero-memorial competition, he looked like the Maya Lin of 9/11-a bright, shining star out of nowhere who would build a breathtaking new landmark. Two years later, all we’ve got is a pile of dirt, a price estimate nearing $1 billion, and a nasty, behind-the-scenes war of wills.

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