Good evening my name is Oliver Söhngen. I am an immigrant
from Germany. I have been living in the United States for twelve
I have been tinkering with a design for a memorial in the few
weeks since the catastrophe happened. I also want to offer my
condolences on the behalf of other countries, like Germany. We
are very moved by all that has happened.
I have thought that the Twin Towers were very important for the
world and for New Yorkers. I really thought that there was a
need to rebuild in the beginning, and I thought that a memorial
should be not an afterthought of the development at the World
Trade Center site, but it should be organically integrated into
the development that's happening.
My idea, as a freelance designer, that the corporate office
towers should be free of development and should be sacred space.
Second of all, I thought it would be a good idea not to rebuild
the towers themselves, but maybe recreate them as a visible
negative space with surrounding buildings.
There would be three buildings surrounding the side that would
frame the space such that from a very right angle, the towers
would be absolutely visible. At night, that space could be lit,
and all you would see are those towers.