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One World Trade Center
|Formerly:||The Freedom Tower|
When completed, this will be one of the most important buildings of the early 21st century. It is significant in stature, in design, in its politics, its symbolism, and for the reason it was built.
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The building is gorgeous! I actually feel that the original two towers were ugly. I am a survivor of the 9/11 tragedy as well. Maybe that's why I feel the new version is so lovely. I can feel its presence as it helps me unravel some of the sadness that still lies inside me. It rises as a defiant challenge to terrorism and all that it represents (the ultimate expression of cowardly behavior). I used to sit at my perch on the 26th floor of the One Liberty Plaza building and admire Tower II directly in front of me, so close I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if it ever fell. On that fateful September morning, I found out. The new spire inspires me to keep living and striving for greatness, instead of self-pity over what might have been.
Rohb Victory - Friday, March 13th, 2015 @ 9:55am
Hello. I'm a 9/11 Survivor and a New Yorker for 37 years. I love this new building on so many levels. I was also a huge fan of the 'Twin Towers'. However, just as a point of history, these were not the first 'Twin Towers'. There was a building on this hallowed ground with two towers, called the 'Hudson Terminal', opened in 1909 and closed 1971 and demolished to make room for the Twin Towers. There have been numerous incarnations, and the 'Freedom Tower' and its neighbors up and being constructed are proof that the spirit of New York City and America are as tall, proud and determined as ever. Some will love and some will hate, but we at least have a platform to voice this in the good old USA !!
Mike McDonald - Thursday, December 19th, 2013 @ 2:12pm
You know i feel that we should just be grateful that we are doing something for the people who gave their lives for us. It doesn't matter what type of building is being built and to be honest ; you can not replace the twin towers. This is a dedication to every person lost in the those towers: every soldier who has not come back from Afghanistan and who are fighting for them and us now ..and all those who have suffered losses and are still suffering every day...this is a beautiful thing...and we should all be proud and pray that nothing like this ever happens again.
helene - Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 @ 10:28pm
I do like this new tower but will never be as iconic as the twin towers, to me. They were the bench mark that every other sky scraper tried to beat, but failed. I like 1 WTC but its not special enough it would be a great addition to the nyc sky line but not a good replacement for the TWIN TOWERS! They should have rebuilt the originals, but twice the size and called them the FREEDOM TOWERS!
JACK - Friday, June 22nd, 2012 @ 7:10pm
I feel that this is one of americas ways of getting back. Together we will all stand together, building will crash and burn but we will still stand. You cannot knock us down. We are and will never let anyone take us down. I for one am a very proud american for everything in my country, no matter how bad things get. I have faith, pride, and trust in my country, If you dont think this is a good bulding then simply fuck off cause were making a come back. My heart beats american blood and it will never stop. GOD BLESS AMERICA
Jaid Gallimore - Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 @ 11:47am
A building that would reflect the past, the sufferance and the future would be more appropriate.A building that consist of two merged skyscrapers. (merging them to improve capacity and functionality)The visuals of two merged skyscrapers would be easy to design and ofcourse.. the tallest of the world...
Mathew - Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 @ 6:20pm
The towers will be 417 387 352 397 and 226 meters tall. The original towers were 413 and 411 meters taller. While one building is 4 meters taller, this is only one building (and only 4 meters). The second not even as tall. They will also have less floor area. The Freedom Tower is already smaller, at 240000 square meters, as opposed to 400000 square meters in EACH TOWER, meaning 800000 altogether. The second tower is 240000 square meters, the third is 190000, the fourth is 170000 and the fifth is 130000. This is a total of about 970000 square meters TOTAL. Even if you add the 7th (no 6th for some reason) building (not actually part of the complex), which is 226 m tall with an area of 160000 square meters, the total is only 1130000 square meters. The twin towers had a total area of 800000 square meters alone, and with the third tower (7th building, same as current one) and the four smaller buildings (3 4 5 and 6, each 300 meters tall with 170000 square meters of space), the total is about 1170000 square meters. This may be close, but close does not count when we used to do better. We need to do 100%, if not more, than the original.I don't dislike the new towers, but I don't think they replace the Twin Towers. We should rebuild the Twin Towers right next to these buildings.
CedricDoodlehopper - Monday, November 21st, 2011 @ 3:01pm
It's too bad that they thought one tower was enough. Especially if that one tower has fewer floors (105 compared to 110) and less space (200*200 ft instead of 208*208 ft) The second one is not even as tall (1350 ft), as well as only 88 floors (the roof is slanted). The other three buildings will not even be as visible, so the only one you will really notice is the Freedom Tower. The Freedom Tower is 1368 ft tall, the Twin Towers are 1362 and 1368. While 1368 and 1350 are almost there, almost will not do when it used to be better. There will be 4 skyscrapers, which could make up for the size difference, but it won't be the same. I don't mind the buildings, they are nice buildings and they would make a great addition to the city. It's the fact that people think they replace the Twin Towers. They should build the 1 2 3 and 4 towers, and rebuild the Twin Towers right next to them.
CedricDoodlehopper - Monday, November 21st, 2011 @ 2:34pm
9/11 . When I think about that horrific day, it brings tears to my eyes. One of my best friend's dad was still in the south tower as it collapsed. I love America, OUR COUNTRY, and I think the Freedom Towers will be a wonderful addition to the New York skyline, along with the other towers they are building in memory of September 11th, 2001 . GOD BLESS AMERICA. GOD BLESS THE FREEDOM TOWERS .
Nicki C. - Friday, November 11th, 2011 @ 4:33pm
I am from Portland, OR. I went to New York to assist in the restoration after the fallen. I would put the towers but it is more significant than that with all that was lost that day. Since that day we as Americans have learned so much about ourselves, no matter what our differences, religion, race, sexual preference. We all came together in this horrible event to overcome such a tragedy. One tower or two, the real meaning behind this in my eyes would be, your terrorist attacks and your terrorist threats are empty to us. We Will Overcome, We Will Achieve All of Our Dreams, We Will Fight for What We Believe in, Can't You See "WE ARE AMERICA"
Renee Daniels - Thursday, October 27th, 2011 @ 12:12pm
The original design was the best.Should have rebuilt the twin towers like Trump said.Pataki pushed for this by fiat.
eric martin - Friday, August 26th, 2011 @ 1:16am
i was reading some post and some people dont like the new design and someone said they think its to early to build something their. Well i like the design and no matter what the desigh was i would stand behind it because no matter what it will represt America in someway. We build to show we will move on, be stronger and not stay down even though something like this has happeded. I Will not forget what had happened.When we build we can lool at something beautiful and to show look you cant stop America we will keep moving forward. Its sad that this has happened. It has changed so many things, but i think some for the better. We see the world now as before people didnt see it. I just think with us building a new tower will let everyone now we willl keep our heads up but it also makes sure will will never forgeet what happened. We wil be reminded for both things everyday. I am proud to be an American and i stand by the design.
Eric - Thursday, August 11th, 2011 @ 3:39am
What can i say? Well I guess i don't like it.... We started with 2 towers and ending up with 1. Its kind of a slap in our face, almost half assing it in a way. I agree with those that say we need to replace 2 tragicly fallin towers with 2 more grand towers. I mean come on, the New York skyline had 2 magnificant structures for over 40 years and if u showed anyone in the world a silouet picture of N.Y. they would now exaclty what they were looking at! We need our twins back to show that if you try to defeat our spirit by taking a symbol of our freedom away we will just brush you off our shoulders like the bugs you are and rebuild to prove that nothing can defeat our pride...GOD BLESS this country in every whay and kiss our a@# terrorist...
Jason D. - Thursday, December 9th, 2010 @ 3:02pm
I was sitting at my computer with the TV on in the living-room when the program was interrupted on 9/11. I could not then nor can I now understand how anyone on earth could do something like that. It was during that same day that I had the very thought that we (America) should rebuild those towers. Two of them.Yet if there is to be one, then I pray that it symbolizes more to people than just a pleasing design. The Freedom Tower should do more to all who look upon it. Lest we forget.
Gary Pyatt - Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 @ 1:31pm
I love New York CityBut i can`t travel to America and see the beautiful city and this majestic towerBecause I'm Iraniani`m away
danial - Thursday, February 18th, 2010 @ 1:02am
I'm so tired of hearing how some folks want the Towers back "just like they were" ... to be perfectly honest, they were dated in design the day they broke ground and when completed were a study in the plain and vanilla x two. This just about HAS to be better from a purely aesthetic point of view than the previous occupant(s) of the site -- it had no aesthetic value at all! And please get over the notion that this should be some sort of monument to the fallen and their wretched, ever-babbling spouses -- it should be a monument to commerce, pure and simple.
Mike G. - Saturday, February 13th, 2010 @ 1:39am
I am glad something is being built here. However, it is a plain vanilla building. I had hoped that the new structure would reflect some of our creativity and ingenuity instead of trying to replicate the Twin Towers.The completion of this building is not going to heal of anyone's emotional wounds, but it will send a message that America doesn't give up. It is disappointing that it will take 17 years to rebuild what terrorists brought down in one day.
Super Dave - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 4:51pm
wonderful... but the twin towers dont have replacement,, God bless USA
Benjamin Hernandez - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 7:24am
Awesome and Amazing. The Freedom Tower proves that we/America is the best country in the world, capable of overcoming any obstacle and transgression. This is in memory to all who were lost on 9/11, all who've given their lives in defense of our Nation, and all who believe in our mother land's resilience and bravery.....
Gus - Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 @ 2:01pm
so beautiful. 2004 sucked as hell.freedom tower is taller than the twin tower.tallest in the us .2nd tallest in the world!.i live in nyc. cool skyline with the big building.its nickname should be paridise city
kasim - Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 @ 1:53pm
That looks ten times better than a new pair of Twin Towers! Not only will it heal broken hearts but it will also prove that the Twin Towers were replaceable all along! When it is finished, I am coming over there on my 21st birthday.
W.Garrison - Sunday, December 27th, 2009 @ 1:04pm
Very awesome tower, I was in HS and its all we talked about for along time. Wish they were building twin towers again, but its a very nice tower regardless
D Walsh - Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 @ 4:09pm
It is a beautiful structure, but it will not replace our broken hearts. Though we can not stay in the past, so we must move forward, and this is the first step. God Bless America!
Kyle Isaacson - Sunday, December 20th, 2009 @ 1:54am
this project will be most amazing of the world
Qaiser Mehmood - Monday, December 14th, 2009 @ 12:34am
Were they just buildings? Or symbols of a city, a nation? This building is not and will never be what the Twin Towers were. As a design, It may be cutting edge, but I'm more of a traditional kind of people. I want the Manhattan skyline back again, with the original Twin Towers, as it should be.
Frank Holguin - Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 @ 5:13pm
There isn't a day goes by my husband and I do not think about the events and losses of September 11. Being New Yorkers, I feel the area should have been rebuilt already, along with the replacement of two towers, of any shape, any size..but two towers as it originally stood. Not one tower. The symbolism is beautiful, however, I find it to be aesthetically unappealing. I feel the city should be restored to it's original skyline, with modifications, and a memorial. That would be symbolic to me.
Veronica - Saturday, December 5th, 2009 @ 6:24pm
The bigger the better, 9/11 brought our nations closer along with our pledge to look down upon the cowards and prove that the freedom we love, and perhaps sometimes take for granted, will always hold strong with such strenth that what ever image we are faced with and whatever is thrown upon us, united we can see through it and stay solid in our objective to be free
Rick Fiore - Friday, November 20th, 2009 @ 8:08pm
I love this building. I remember being in the third grade, when it happened. I still love America it is the greatest nation on earth. I hope that our values and our morals will stay strong and right, if they do then we will continue to have the greatest nation on earth. I think that it is really neat how the entire height will be 1,776 ft. high. very symbolic for freedom. Thank you to all of the men and women who are serving this great country. And to the rescue personel who sacrificed all that they had just to save people that they did not even know. That is what I call true American Spirit. Love you America, and may God bless America!
Andrew - Thursday, November 19th, 2009 @ 10:29pm
I rate this structure 5 not because of its design, although i dont think the design is neccessary but of its SYMBOLISM. To you america I say you should see the symbolism rather than the design. I felt overwhelmed when the news came through that there was going to be freedom tower built. I will never forget that fateful day when the teachers called us into the gym and put on the news. Shivers are going down my spine even thinking about it. My friends in tears. It wasnt even our country. This shows the impact it had around the world and mostly on America. I know the americans and Irish have always been on first name terms, and on behalf of myself and the Irish I would like to say to you America hold your heads up high, be proud, you have shown strength, courage, pride and unity, everything your nation and spirit stands for. This bulding alos represents the american Spirit,of course the pain will never go away. but you will not be bullied and beaten. So I will finish saying God bless those poor souls of 9/11,God bless those families. and of course God Bless America.
Declan - Saturday, November 14th, 2009 @ 8:31am
La tour de la Liberté magnifique construction symbolise la renaissanced'un NEW YORK plus humain.
Xavier - Thursday, November 12th, 2009 @ 7:07pm
I was in the third grade when this happened. My dads military and at the time we were living in Misawa Japan. I remember everyone's reaction... Im now a senior and after high school im going to college, will becoming an officer and will be joining the air force as a pilot. I want to get my turn in the fight and do something for my country. please pray for me as i start the beginning of my journey very soon. God bless America.
Robert - Thursday, November 5th, 2009 @ 11:32am
As I read through some of the comments left by others tears welled in my eyes. That day America lost a symbol that was recognizable all over the world, the people in the buildings when they went down and we all lost a little of that sense of feeling safe. If this could happen in America, where can we feel safe. The destruction of the Twin Towers touched us all in some way, all around the world. This new building is like a beacon, a symbol of strength and endurance.Yes, God Bless America!
Wendy Kerr - Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 @ 2:40pm
I remember that day of 911. I was working in a government office tower that was designed by the same artictect who built the world trade center. I never got a chance to see the world trade center personally. My brother who visited New York some years ago, had a chance to go in one of the towers and had lunch there with a friend who lived in New York. As the years have passed since 911, I'm happy to see something is being done with the site of Ground Zero. In the minds of all the people of the world we will never forget what happened on the day of September 11, 2001. We as the people who live in the United States should and will remember those who lost their lives and the heroes who helped the victims who suffered the loss of their families and friends on that day of 911. May we as God's children keep those in our prayers and pray for our country and the world to be strong for the days to come and the challenges we will face. I hope to see the completion of the Freedom Tower and the other sites that are being constructed around the WTC site. I think it's great to see us as a nation rebuild and move on with our lives.
Priest King III - Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 @ 11:04am
Any structure we build as Americans will be amazing! We will never be able to replace the twin towers and we will never forget them, its a great idea to just have one very tall freedom tower! Just because we aren't building two towers doesnt mean this one isn't as good,it's what the tower stands for, and the symbolism behind it is what really matters!!! Anyone who belives otherwise needs to reconsider! That day changed America forever, we can't build the same towers again, it wouldn't be right. Bigger does't mean better! We all will learn to love the new tower and it's complex, just like we did with the twin towers. When it is complete it will be a sight that the world will want to see and admire! God bless everyone who was in those buildings on that day and God bless America!
Eric Weber - Monday, October 26th, 2009 @ 1:16am
I think that this Bulding stands for what happend in 1776.It stands for the freedom that has existed in our country since 1776.I think that this tower is a beacon of freedom and opportunity and no one will be able to extinguish that light.
David - Sunday, October 25th, 2009 @ 4:15pm
Would it have been more fitting to have 2 spires at the top to show that the twin towers will never be forgotten? God Bless America from you Friends and Allies in the U.K
Nathan Philipps - Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 @ 5:29am
I believe that this will be a new symbol of America and it's greatness.
Alberto Sidauy - Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 @ 3:26pm
My father died in 9/11 and this structure will help everyone remember him and the others who died in the attack. Thank you.
Jacob Riddle - Monday, October 5th, 2009 @ 8:28am
As a boy of 13 in 1963 my grandfather took me to the World Trade Center for the first time. I remember so vividly even today, walking up to Tower 1, wrapping my arms around the SE corner and looking straight up. I look forward to the grand opening of Freedom Tower when I will once more walk up and relive that childhood moment. God Bless America and those that lost there lives that fateful day, their families, and those that are working to rebuild such a symbol of enduring freedom and the American spirit...
John Vidulich - Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 @ 9:30pm
I think its amazing that it will be 1,776 feet tall! That definitly symbolizes america.
travis - Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 @ 7:53pm
I guess if we built a super spectacular building it would then always be a new target, which is unfortunate because we all love a huge skyscraper. NY is one of the best cities in the world, and needed to show just a little more flair in order to represent what Americans want, which is a strong image in the face of such times. I agree with the spire in the corner similiar to the Statue of Liberty, rather than what was there before. The other buildings around it also do not compliment it well....like their too short. Maybe they wanted one tower because two would be kinda of a repeat and maybe less functional given the area needed to give respect to those lost that day. Although I'm glad to read that the people from outside the US seem to think it's a great building. So that in itself tells a lot about what Americans maybe need to learn. Biggest does not always mean better. Preserving our future as a strong nation comes from within.
Stewie - Saturday, September 26th, 2009 @ 1:06am
I LOVE the United States of America and I can say that the Freedom Tower stands for the true resiliance of the American People!!!!!!
Dan Kennell - Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 @ 3:38pm
I think it is a shame that this is what they came up with. This should be the largest building in the world. Anything else is admitting defeat to the terrorists and to the world. Of course this is just my opinion.
Bill - Monday, September 21st, 2009 @ 10:33pm
Architecture is a passion of mine and i say, bravo to the designers of this beautiful building.It goes without saying that America bounced back from that cowardis act and we are even stronger than ever! God bless all those who were lost and thier families.
stacy curry - Friday, September 18th, 2009 @ 7:56pm
I think 2 buildings should stand where towers one and two were lost, but they should stand taller and stronger than the ones before as our country does since 9/11. God bless all the victims and their families and our military.
Randy Piedmonte - Thursday, September 17th, 2009 @ 12:10pm
Well, its an amazing structure, but not so glam like the ones before. It seems that day after day you are trying to reduce it for highness and other. I LOVE AMERICA and I WOULD LIKE AMERICA COULD BUILD AGAIN THE HIGHEST TOWER OF THE WORLD....
antonio - Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 @ 6:30pm
I am appalled that after 8 years we haven't seen hardly any progress. It took 400 days to build the Empire State Building, and we're going on 8 years for the 9/11 tower. And in replacing the TWO towers that fell, we are only building ONE that we decide to basically call it 'the rainbow building'. I don't care what the Europeans, or the Islamic terrorists 3,000 miles away think. Call it the American Freedom Tower....and build TWO of them since we lost TWO buildings in 9/11.
Anthony - Monday, September 14th, 2009 @ 12:09am
Fantastic to think they are re-building, but the atrocity of the Twin Towers and the bravery of the firefighters of the new york fire department (NYFD), the New York Police Deaprtment(NYPD) and the civilians. Should never ever be allowed to be forgotten.Good luck to all in the future and fondest thoughts to all thoughs who suffered or lost loved ones.
kathlene Brookes - Saturday, September 12th, 2009 @ 6:46pm
God Bless the new building and may this never happen anywhere again.
vermonter - Saturday, September 12th, 2009 @ 1:19pm
God Bless the fallen
Hamid - Saturday, September 12th, 2009 @ 9:56am
I think it looks great, the name should definately stay the Freedom Towers! It was our freedoms and American way of life that was attacked. We will show the world as Americans how commited we are to freedom and our Great Nation.
Aaron Barnaby - Saturday, September 12th, 2009 @ 1:18am
WTC was one on the most impressive buildings I visited when I first landed in USA . I have been at ground zero twice to pay my respects since 9.11.2001 and cannot wait for the freedom tower to be done. I want Freedom tower to stand proud and unbeatable
santhi - Friday, September 11th, 2009 @ 10:08pm
I agree with Tom. I want the Twin Towers back. But the building looks amazing anyway.
Quint - Friday, September 11th, 2009 @ 8:37pm
I think its a beatiful structure. God bless america.
mark kuhn - Friday, September 11th, 2009 @ 12:34pm
It was truly a sad day not only for America but for civilisation, May all of the souls who we're lost be remembered by the loved ones for the truly unique people they we're may we also remember the bravery and the courage that the emergancy service showed on that day, Let us not forget the brave service Men and women who fight for us all on a daily basis. Bruce Lee once said " The Key to Imortality is first living a live worth remembering" let's take notice of these words and try our best to live such lifes for the people who have been lost. Show them our gratitude for the fight they put up everyday because these people have already earned imortality in my mind I say Thank you and wish to just say how greatful the world is.
Mark - Friday, September 11th, 2009 @ 10:14am
Today on 9/11/09 Google should have this building shown on its opening page. Let's all recognize the day has special meanings for us all that remember how we were attacked for being American. But being American is being free to think, feel,recognize & appreciate that our founders had visions of lofty principles & goals for this country. This building is so inspiring as well. We must work to recognize that our business institutions can only succeed, if they are open and accessable. Thinking about our losses, renewing our resolve and working to keep "hope" in sight of & connected to what it truly means to be a free, working, breathing, proud capitalist American.
Dean - Friday, September 11th, 2009 @ 9:48am
I mourn this day fo rso many that gave so much!!! The Freedom Tower is an example of our resolve and pride. God Bless America and those who protect her...
Proud American - Friday, September 11th, 2009 @ 5:32am
5 Stars. I love you all and I love New York City. I will visit there someday. Nice page. I liked the photos. It was just what I was looking for on this subject.
Terry Zimmerman - Friday, September 11th, 2009 @ 3:38am
Thank you, my friend, Carrie Slump for getting your fellow Morgan-Stanley employees down 66 flights of stairs of #1 World Trade Center Tower to safety!! Remember all the heroes who lived and died in this American Tragedy! NEVER FORGET!! ...whoever you are!! God Bless America 4ever!
Alison - Friday, September 11th, 2009 @ 12:16am
what can i say 9/11 was one of the saddest days of my life i will never forget seeing it on the news. i will never forget what happened R.I.P to all the souls who lost there lifes in towers and the braves fireman who was there too.Its been 8 years tomorow and ill never forget that day in the history of my life.i think the freedom tower looks good am happy its getting built but all i can say is it will never be as good as the twin towers and never replace it. GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!! hope to visit new york one day its my dream .
Amy Elizabeth - Thursday, September 10th, 2009 @ 5:50pm
It was always a dream to sail into Manhattan and see the Twin Towers on the QE2, my father did all of the furniture and first class cabins and cocktail lounges. We sailed the day before the Twin Towers came down with sixteen customers very proud to be sailing into New York, to have 400 British and 800 New Yorkers on board seeing the scenes where they could not phone from the ship other than at $12 an hour was one of the saddest times of all of our lives. The Freedom Tower looks beautiful and a great name. As a kid I ran up the outside of The World Trades Centre's second building to the top on the outside scaffolding when it was built and looked across from the top of it and watched the sway of the building. We should remember these times in life and try and make the World better for future generations. We visited the Firemen who had lost colleagues, laid candles and read all of the drawings from their children, I remember one little girl called Sarah said on her drawing "My Daddy saved America but he is dead now." So best wishes from Scotland.
Robert Morris - Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 @ 7:00am
Buildings can fall.But brave people always stand.So we rebuild ours and go ahead to the future.I just wish we could fix our broken hearts remembering those who lost theirs.Beutiful monument for beutiful PEOPLE. LOVE THE U S A
Anastasios G. Xenopoulos - Sunday, September 6th, 2009 @ 10:15pm
I know we all miss Twin Towers, however Freedom Tower is a great reflection of the American spirit, a great example to the rest of the world of courage and determination under adversity. The symbolism is great 1776 feet in height etc. and the associated memorial to all those brave souls that lived and died on that day is a wonderful testament to their love and courage. We will never forget that cowardly act that was committed by those dastardly cowards, just as we will never forget the incredible bravery of America on that day and after.GOD BLESS AMERICA Gods Nation.
Rusty - Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 @ 5:37am
i think the freedom tower is absoulutly incredible. im going up that observation deck as soon as its built even though i live here.
Declan - Monday, August 31st, 2009 @ 12:15pm
One other poster said it and I have been saying it since the horrible day. I think the greatest respect to those that died there would have been to rebuild them just as they were with better construction. It would have also served as a two fingers held up to the terrorists. I just believe it would have said we won't be cowed or stopped from living free.
Kendall - Saturday, August 29th, 2009 @ 5:56pm
First I was sorry that the old WTC should not be replaced, but I understood the respect for the victims relatives. What I see here is very very beautiful and I look forward to see the new Freedom Tower next September when I´m going to visit NY for the first time. If it is posible I will go to the top and enjoy the view from there and say a little prayer for all who was involved that day.
Inger - Friday, August 28th, 2009 @ 2:33pm
Very beautiful tower! I like it very much and I will come over to visit when it's done. I hope USA to build the first 2km tower soon! A tragedy what has happened, I shall never forget....and it should never be forgotten.Keep up the good work USA!Kind regards,Nico from Amsterdam
Nico - Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 @ 10:19pm
Hello from Scotland. Just want to say well done on starting this magnificent building! I will never forget 2001 when the loss of life and the twin brothers came down. I always wanted (and will) visit New York, but my goal is too see this building standing proud and strong and putting two fingers up to the terrorists. FREEDOM!!
Mike Toner - Friday, August 21st, 2009 @ 9:57pm
As I was reading through a few of the comments, I agree with Ivan. If you look at the structure, it almost seems like both the WTC's are formed into this one structure...a sign of unity, which is what this country is all about. Many people are saying they're upset with the design because it's not a bold enough statement. However, although I agree to a certain extent, I feel this is a very powerful structure that will surely stand as the "FREEDOM Tower." It might be "sinmple" but it will stand tall and proud, as will the people who will admire the finished work, im sure. I was in fifth grade when the 9/11 attacks happened and I remember every moment of it; no American, nor many around the world, will ever forget that horrid day. I feel this building with show a great presences of what this country truly stands for...the power of freedom. America Bless God, and in return, God Bless America.
Ken - Friday, August 21st, 2009 @ 10:54am
I think the 2004 design is what should be built but,it would be a better show of strength to just re-build the Twin Towers to show those "Haters" that we may have fallen but we will rise again and be better than before!
Cheryl Davis - Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 @ 1:07am
I like the design and alll but nothing can replace the twin towers. There only building one, they used to be the TWIN towers.
Casey - Sunday, August 16th, 2009 @ 2:15pm
Can't wait untill the new buildings are built. Was in NYC in Sept 2001. My last memory of the twin towers was late at night leaving the city on the Statern Is ferry and looking back at the towers with the office lights lighting up the building. I'll never forget that.
Brad McKerracher - Saturday, August 15th, 2009 @ 4:40pm
I shiver just looking at it.It looks like a typical new building.I much prefered the old building design by Ken Gardner.Before terrorists attacked them they were the twin towers, now, they have been changed,I think if they started off as the twin towers, then nothing should stand in their way to stop them being that way, not even terrorism.Greetings from Ireland.
tom - Thursday, August 13th, 2009 @ 6:25pm
It looks like its been done before. I like the 2004 design much better, it had a statue of liberty look to it with the spire to one side/corner. It looked to symbolize power and strength, which is what the site needs along with rememberance.
shane grimwade - Sunday, August 9th, 2009 @ 2:57am
wow wow wow i cant wait to see the finished building lets keep up the fight for FREEDOM
PAUL ROWLAND - Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 @ 3:12pm
what a magnificent replacement for the twin towers NY has always been beautiful and powerful , one is lost the other will come up even better and glorier
vivi - Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 @ 3:07pm
it will look so beautiful when it soars over manhattan, the freedom towers shows to the world new yorkers and there amazing spirit, fighters, who never quit, an amazing city with an amazing people, god bless, love and respect from ireland
patrick murphy - Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 @ 3:52pm
It's no where near anything that has been designed nowadays.It's a dull design, not very powerfull. I'm in construction myself and have seen many buildings that have been more appropriate for the occasion. I'm sorry but this design, in my opion, says nothing about what happend there.
R. Schumacher - Thursday, July 30th, 2009 @ 6:59am
i will always remember 9/11. we all will remember the wtc's in our hearts. i am glad to have the new freedom towers to prove how strong the United States are and also to symbolize the loss of our brothers on that terrible day.
david - Monday, July 27th, 2009 @ 11:25am
i visited ny around 3 months ago and just one thing came to my mind a dialoge from brave heart "u can take our lives but u cant take our freedom" god bless america
miles - Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 @ 10:33am
I have a school project to design a poster on a historical event and I decided to go with 9/11. I was doing a research which brought me here. I read a lot of the comments and I didn`t see anybody mention something that I see (may be it is just me) but with this great design of the "Freedom Tower" I see the 2 WTC buildings will be rebuilt in one single... What I mean is: 1st - the base is in octagon shape (4+4 sides not equal to each other but still 8 sides representing the 2 buildings). 2nd - at the bottom (above the stores of the closed section) I see, representing in a smart way, the WTC 2 buildings one in another (the one inside is twisted in 45 degrees)... I can`t really explain it but this is the way I see it :)
Ivan - Thursday, June 11th, 2009 @ 4:12am
Beautiful design.. A great positive step forward and further showing the world the USA are a strong nation and will not be beaten!
Anna - Saturday, May 30th, 2009 @ 8:37pm
The final manifestation of this building betrays the endless compromises that had to made during the design process. It's utilitarian, boxy and uninspiring. I've seen a lot of comments that laud the symbolism of reifying the American spirit in terms of a new structure that mimics the first two. But I have to agree with Nicolai Ouroussoff on this one. This tower is a symbol of a nation mired in fear and paranoia, unable to make a truly bold decision to build a new and daring monument to our collective power and creativity. Many argued that the element that made the original towers tolerable as an architectural feat was that there were two of them to resonate with each other. This singular monolith derives from the blandness of the others and adds nothing but a simple angular skew down the side to differentiate it. Although the original design by Liebeskind was unable to accommodate required security and usability measures, it made a powerful statement by abstractifying the shape the Statue of Liberty, reimagining it in terms of a postmodern structure. As for Donald Trump's two-cents: he's a businessman. Leave architecture to the professionals.
CJ - Friday, May 29th, 2009 @ 6:12pm
This will be a wonderful addition to NYC skyline !!!I do hope along side the names of those who died that day that we also remember the solders who Died for our Freedom.
ROBERT - Friday, May 29th, 2009 @ 12:12pm
Stephen of Calgary your post bought tears to my eyes.. Your a beautiful person....I visited the towers twice in grade school... And on that day I went numb emotionally I had such a problem processing what had just happened...I live in Northern New Jersey with a view of the NYC skyline and I left school and drove to my favorite skyline view and just stared in shock it felt like a piece of me was taken when they fell. And I always think about the victims.. I honor and cherish them...As far as the name of the building Freedom Tower will be it's nickname...
Joseph in New Jersey - Thursday, May 28th, 2009 @ 8:28pm
The twin towers were the biggest towers that I saw and when I look up it amaze's me that I felt real small. But freedom tow is a really good name to have for the towers so that people can have the freedom that they need. God Bless those who had their lives taken from them and my preys and thoughts are with you.
Chakkrit - Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 @ 6:47pm
No matter what is Built at Ground Zero it will be Awsome, As Americans we will prevail! Another symbol to show the World our Strengths and Incredible Spirit to Live Free... Bless those whom were lost and Bless those Whom Rebuild. The USA is Proud and Honored
RanZ - Monday, May 25th, 2009 @ 11:10pm
I think the Tower is wonderful. I am a NYer I rember when the origonal towers were hit. it was a devestating day for me, I was only seven Years old. I am glad they are not rebuilding the Origonal WTC because that would be a horrible reminder Of 9/11. I like the designe, it could be taller though. and needs a huge monument of the origonal WTC in the park out front that says something like"rember 9/11 " or something along the lines of that.
Scott - Monday, May 25th, 2009 @ 6:43pm
It's ironic, that the very same part of the world that supplied the 9/11 terrorists, will soon have the World's Tallest Building....Burj Dubai. I guess they are NOT afraid to build taller. New York City let the corrupt politicians rob us of our only chance for new Twin Towers. I'm afraid that 1 WTC (Formerly "Freedom Tower") does not cut the mustard.
Peter Walukiewicz - Monday, May 18th, 2009 @ 3:19pm
Awesome building. Twin Towers were amazing and their destruction was a terrible disaster. I've never been to America, but I am very emotionally "connected" with WTC because since 2006 I fight with conspiracy theories about 9/11. This tower will be a new symbol of NY and USA and a sign - Osama - you have failed. Western values survived and we are stronger and more united than before 9/11. God Bless America!
Mirek - Thursday, May 14th, 2009 @ 4:34pm
I think some are forgetting that this is a business structure and yes rebuilding is only one step towards moving on but remembering. If we rebuilt twin towers we would be showing disrespect to those who died. Why is there no 13th floor in Hotels? Why do they not have a room 666 simple it is out of respect for what makes America Awesome it is HEART! Something the terrorist can never have and never take away.. God bless America and those who live and die for her! Patriotism is who WE are!
DCM - Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 @ 3:43pm
i would love the TWIN TOWERS to be back up but at least we will have a TOWER that represents them both and our FREEDOM....GOD BLESS AMERICA AND EVERYONE IN U.S.A.
bryan - Monday, May 11th, 2009 @ 9:51pm
i love N.Y.C since the first time i went, but when i went i couldnt see the wonderfull twin towers, and i would love to see them, ofcurse i love this new modern building, but nothing is going to be like the twin towers, and i would really like them to rebuild them
Alex Siranosian - Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 @ 11:21pm
They should make it in the shape of a giant middle finger and call it the "I dare you to pull that sh*t again" building.
Captain Awesome - Friday, May 1st, 2009 @ 5:31pm
I feel that the design is nice but if your are going to build something why not go for spectacular. to me the building is very plain in design i like the never ending glass but there is nothing in the design that makes it pop as something spectacular.
Russ - Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 @ 11:35am
this will be a good building but i wish amarica will come back and build more stuff other places are ahead of us but the freedom tower is a good name and it is a step closer to the future!!!!!!!
kyle anderson - Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 @ 10:45pm
I for one think that this will be a great building. It is about time we as a country start to pull together as a whole and feel proud for what we believe in. We have nothing to be sorry for and I mean nothing. I would like to thank everyone for their support of the U.S., but I will say this we can not forget what happened that day. We can not let the world forget because, that is when the one's who lost their lives will be forgotten. We need to remember what they did so it doesn't happen again!!!!!!!!
Mike - Sunday, April 26th, 2009 @ 1:25am
I think this is beautifull and soon to be classic building, remebering that day still breaks my heart and this is a wonderfull way to remember the victims. I think it should be called the freedom tower, not the world trade center, the name is still to raw for america to handle.
Sarah b - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 @ 9:47pm
As a N.Y.er I love the design,nothing will ever replace the Twin Towers. It will sure be nice to see a program on t.v. with Freedom Tower in the backround.
Eileen Martin - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 @ 6:58pm
A rather disappointing design. Especially after all the hype and stuff. The Dubai building is MUCH better.
lewis - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 @ 3:08am
The tragedy that was on that awful day will remain everybodys mind forever..the new building does look awsome in my mind,but i think any building could not possibly take the place of the old towers,very rarely is a sequel better than the 1st showing.But well done the U.S for getting back on your feet,the normal people of this world need good stories like this to get through each day.
malc - Sunday, April 12th, 2009 @ 5:05pm
I think this structure is rather elegant and pleasing to the eye. It represents advances made in technology since the old World Trade Center was built. The twin towers were great, but I like this project better, as it is much more sophisticated and more peaceful to look at.
Pubb - Sunday, April 12th, 2009 @ 12:10am
I remember my first visit to the towers during a school trip from my small farm town. I was awe inspired looking up and these towers shining in the sun.Years later again during my Chefs courses "Windows on the World" Wine course was part of my standard study books. I remember my Wife calling me at work telling me to turn on the TV at the restaurant a plane had just hit the tower in NY. I remember watching the scene when another plane hit the other tower.I remember the towers as they came crashing down and my deep sadness and shock. I remember feeling a deep loss for the people that died and feeling dispair and confusion. Why would someone do this? I asked myself over and over again. This indecent act has affected millions of people all over the world.A name for the tower really does not matter, what does matter is that everyone remember those that were lost and the people that tried to help them. My wife and I still cannot see the movie because it's still to soon for us.
Stephen of Calgary - Monday, March 30th, 2009 @ 11:15am
As much as I loved and miss the Twin Towers I think the news WTC is going to be gorgeous. The new tower pays tribute to the old. It's going to be beautiful.
Larry - Sunday, March 29th, 2009 @ 10:08pm
We the people of the world dwell to much in the past and not for the future .....
Tyler Christensen - Sunday, March 29th, 2009 @ 3:33pm
We are told the patriotic name ‘Freedom Tower’ no longer applies it has been dropped because it’s out of fashion, no longer useful or viable. In fact, Port of Authority thinks it’s controversial in marketing office space, especially to foreign companies who may not share our values on freedom. The name ‘Freedom Tower’ initial took some time getting use to but eventual gave meaning to our nation’s commitment to rise above the attacks of 9/11 and our strong belief in democracy where freedom makes us prevail. However, by renaming the tower ‘One World Trade Center’ illustrates some arrogance and insensitive. This address name should remain forever attached to the memorial site of the fallen building, in respect to the many persons that perished there on 9/11. Somehow the Port of Authority just doesn’t get it. In the aftermath of 9/11, many Americas and foreigners poured into this City and gave freely of their time and labor to help clear ground zero and locate the remains of lost ones. They represented America’s ideals of freedom and goodness. The Port of Authority’s act of renaming the tower only reinforces a negative image of New Yorkers as money mongers. It inflicts more tarnish on the City’s image at a time when it needs buffing-up at every step forward. Between 2001 and 2007, before the financial melt down, the wealthiest of New Yorkers were rolling in cash, but too greedy and too shallow to take charge of this building’s design for the betterment of all New York. For less than a measly few billion, this tower could have been a visionary symbol of America’s greatness, the freedom to achieve the extraordinary, but New Yorkers for all their accumulated wealth somehow are deprived of true vision and national purpose. The ‘Freedom Tower’ name was the only thing left to de-sensitize an otherwise stark building design. Frankly many in the cultural and artistic community abhor the design. From outward appearance it is a monolithic that comes off uninviting and expresses no virtues of openness. The bunker-style entrance looks like a fortress and not much can be said about the banal grid iron of metal and glass paneling above. This tower design could have been refined into a masterpiece of artistic beauty and a beacon of technological advancements and offer great benefit New York’s image and attraction. Trillions of dollars have been stolen and lost and more money is being exhorted from American taxpayers with the ongoing bail-out banks, investment firms and financial crooks located here in New York City. The loss of ‘Freedom Tower’ name is just another example of New York City’s declining respect around the nation and around the globe.
Bob - Sunday, March 29th, 2009 @ 1:50pm
The new structure design is awsum!I remember when the original towers were being built what an amazing sight! It seemed like forever while the foundation was going in and then like magic the buildings went up with such precission and grace... I can't wait to see the progress. For those who cast negativity on the new structure and design I say this: "Remember all the negative comments while the Twin Towers went up, no one seemed to want them, but when they were completed that all changed every New Yorker was proud as they gazed at their stregnth and beauty and for what they symbolized" Gone but never forgotten they live on in our hearts and minds forever! My heart goes out to all that suffered, and suffered a loss during that tragedy on September 11,2001
Vinny - Sunday, March 29th, 2009 @ 5:48am
Having knowledge of the origanal construction of, I always called the "twin babies." Renaming this monument is sort of renaming the Arizona. The twin towers is out of the question, I like "Freedom Tower" My son is serving because he became angry on 9/11/01.
keith bauer - Saturday, March 28th, 2009 @ 10:13pm
Hello everyone my opinion is that the revised design is just plain ugly. I want the skyscraper to be rebuilt: bigger, better, stronger, and more beautiful. The Daniel Libeskind design looked beautiful from the harbor but lacked the height of office space of the original. Also it was the one everyone voted for before it was changed. The new design can have office space at a higher level but it is the same height as the original. The only thing that makes it 1,776 foot tall is the spire which is hardly inspiring especially with that ugly round ring around it. Please let this not be an 1,776 foot eyesore!- Dave
David Persaud - Saturday, March 28th, 2009 @ 8:30pm
I was at NYC 5 monts ago and it's an amazing city. I personally think the Twin Towers should be repeated but with new technology, that would become in 2 stronger towers, more elegant, sleek shaped and keeping the american values.
Jorge Medrano - Friday, March 27th, 2009 @ 9:19pm
i agree that it does not show vary much creativity but thats also part of the beauty keeping it as close to what was for a mamorial with out making a carbon copy. as far as not being pure american made products its not just the american companys at fault but the port auth. for being cheap in creating the mamorial structure. they should open their pocket books a lil more for their country to create the best damn mamorial possable and show the world that you cant keep this country down.
PFC Bandle - Friday, March 27th, 2009 @ 6:17pm
Why are you complaining about the use of non-USA materials? People from 90 countries died in those towers, not just Americans.It should be a collaboration of all of those countries together. It wasn't just America that those terrorists were attacking: it was the entire Western way of life.Just to note: the twin towers were breathtaking, even in their destruction. The ultimate rebuke to the terrorists would be to rebuild them in defiance.
Alex - Friday, March 27th, 2009 @ 3:44pm
I think is a great structure.To show thos ethat struck at the eart of the sleeping giant.The giant is now awake.America,the brave,forever.
Russell - Friday, March 27th, 2009 @ 3:17pm
this is a great homage to those who lived and died as well to honor those families whose loved ones died God bless those families and God bless the us
paul - Thursday, March 26th, 2009 @ 5:55am
This is one UGLY building. I agree that Nothing will ever replace the world famous Twin Towers, but this?????? How can you replace to iconic structures with such an eyesore. as for the other towers that are coming up with it, they do not even speak of relevance to each other, or to the twin towers. they look so different, one can only attribute them to illigitemate step children. Please New York, you have always been the city of dreams, and now, you erect a building that isnt even worthy of mention.
ramon - Friday, March 20th, 2009 @ 8:57pm
I do not care for the design. Is this supposed to replace our lost twin towers? This building will not heal our beloved skyline.
Peter Walukiewicz - Friday, March 20th, 2009 @ 5:15pm
I hope very good design for a world without war, a World edelimki hope will become lighter,
Burak uysal - Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 @ 9:06pm
For me, this project is very good for the united states. And, this building is very gorgeous.
Clément Bertrand - Saturday, March 14th, 2009 @ 2:11pm
They should have built Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's, "The Illinios".At 5,400 ft. high and SOVEREIGNTY inherent throughout it's design, it alone could fill the space with a worthy structure, providing a worthy function!
Douglas - Friday, March 6th, 2009 @ 3:50pm
It's really great.I would reather see the world's tallest building, come back to NYC.
Chris Jones - Friday, March 6th, 2009 @ 1:48pm
I am not a great lover of buildings, I much prefer nature. But it seems that this single structure lets in more of the sky than the twins did so I like that.I think the meaning behind the project is much more important than the design and height is of no importance. Boswell, I have to agree on the spelling but the American public schools are not doing their job, but I do believe computers have spell check and some people should use it. Steve, unfortunately going back to the old concrete and steel designs would be much too costly in today's economy, unfortunately. Vitalijus - your spelling is perfect!
BJ HOLLAND - Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 @ 2:16pm
This tower is definately an eye catcher. I'm so glad that we're putting something there again, New York just doesn't look right otherwise. My favorite part of it is the antenna; the circle around it looks similiar to the Statue of Liberty's crown. I also wanted to thank all the people from other countries for sending such wonderful messages and for not giving up on us; we weren't the only ones hurt on that day from what I've read. I'd love to be in New York on the day it opens to see it in person. May the Freedom Tower serve as a path to a bright future, not just for America, but the world as well. Let Freedom Ring!
Matt Miller - Saturday, February 28th, 2009 @ 5:41pm
If I were the architect, i'd make a higher structure than wtc had, to show the power that america have, however, this project is excelent! God bless all those families who lost their loved ones in the tragedy.
Jampa - Friday, February 27th, 2009 @ 2:21pm
I think the building would look great when its up and all lit up, The twin towers looked Fab from what i saw on TV but unfortunatly i went to Newyork a few months after 9/11 so it was just land a bit of rubble, i think the tower being built should be so much bigger & brighter, so it stands tall firm & proud, just like you Americans did after the tragidy. This building is going to be a great symbol that will say "you knock us down and we will keep getting up"..i think no matter what was put there, the fact that something is being put there to remebember all those who was killed on that day will let those no who are out to hurt us WE WILL NOT BE DESTROYED! well done America, Im back in Newyork in march, so i will visit here when i get there to see this great building being built by you great poeple.
KAREN - Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 @ 7:55am
The idea and design is okay but it will be never the same as the twinn's were......
Jos Schoenmakers - Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 @ 5:52am
I love The new building... so bright Visible. I think it is amazing how there will be such a big important building built in the centre of Americas financial area. this would be a perfect place for women and children to gather with there families, all the people who got away the last time and celebrate.the grand opening will certainly be a day to remember for my people and americans alike.
Hakim - Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 @ 6:15pm
God bless u America this i a beautiful tower but i just pray to Jesus that nothing happens like the sad tragedy of 9/11 protect it and bless all people and good luck citizen of America
danny - Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 @ 6:51am
The Freedom Tower is pleasing to the eye, exception being the top 1/8th looks like it was chopped off flat...not very appealing. The estimated cost of 2 billion for a lower Manhattan skyscraper is a low price. I hate to say it, but I think the Port Authority and/or whatever other entity that is funding the Tower might gotten a little too frugal. The most beautiful skyscrapers never skimp on the top floors...look at the Chrysler building, look at Liberty towers in downtown Philly...that's how a classic skyscraper for the ages should look, in my opinion.By the way, this should not be the only new skyscraper construction in Manhattan. We as a nation have fallen behind our foreign competition. Look at Hong Kong for example, it has too many major modern skyscrapers to count. Why are we not building skyscrapers anymore, hardly? Anyway, I certainly hope Liberty Tower gets completed soon, in any case. Any yes, we really should use 100% made in the USA materials in the construction- if it costs 20% more so be it. One last thing, it would be nice if in the green space/memorial area a dozen or so native Oak trees were planted...Oak trees have been known for centuries by many cultures to be a symbol of longevity, I think it would be a nice touch. Peace to all.
jay - Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 @ 3:46am
Beautiful building and a beautiful memorial site. I am a Volunteer Firefighter in South East Texas and have been for almost 25 years and my department loves the new FREEDOM TOWER design. GOD BLESS TO ALL.
James Powell - Sunday, February 8th, 2009 @ 7:12pm
I feel that the structure should symbolize those who perished and America must realize who their true allies are and not kid themselves
Jeff O - Sunday, February 8th, 2009 @ 2:18pm
How can anyone not rate this a 5? Just for the symbolization of what it stands for. I have to agree with everyone that believes that it should be built from American supplied materials, however, I have to wonder why did any of the American glass companies let it happen? Did they knowingly over bid because they knew that we would want to use all American made material? Why can't "all" of the material providers, be it glass, wood, metal, fabric, or any other material used on this project, give out the best darn discount they have ever given for this one project just to show their support for their country. It's people that get greedy in times like this that causes such atrosities.
J.R. - Saturday, February 7th, 2009 @ 1:55pm
Nice building. This building is a very good memorial.
Julian - Friday, February 6th, 2009 @ 10:00am
I would just like everyone know what I just learned, I work for a US glass plant. we were to supply the glass for the Freedom Tower. but an American fabricator was outbid by a European fabricator who intends to use glass from China. So much for an American made icon. how can anyone let this happen
Doug Brandeburg - Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 @ 6:45pm
We must not forget the importance of building this progect with american made materials. We are a strong nation.And we can supply are own american made materials to build this true icon of freedom. God bless america
james - Saturday, January 24th, 2009 @ 1:47pm
If they would have ran with the old rendering then I would have given it 4 stars. The current rendering is another reason why I can't stand American architecture post-1940's. With the prejudice removal of the beaux-arts from American architecture so went any style or skill. Another flat top blunder.
Tim Sapientia - Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:32pm
I like the structure, but I also wish they would just put them back exactly as they were yet stronger. I love this country and 911 was the saddest day ever. Even though I knew absolutely know one that died, I still shed tears over this event. So, it is unimaginable to me what the dear people of New York City must have felt on that day. This goes to all of you: God bless your strength and kindness amidst such horrifying circumstances and I pray as I hop all Americans pray for the healing of all the people who worked after this disaster and for all of those people who lost people dear to them. I also pray that our country will never see a day like 911 ever again and for God to keep our country safe. God bless you all.
christene garcia - Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 @ 11:35pm
I'm not from US and neither live there,but the 9/11 hurt me so much and I felt and still feel rage for what happend that day...and I'm very proud about the construction of this memorial building, represents how strong and brave american soul is, as same as the whole world, It is a way of not forgetting to the innocent souls that lost the life that tragic day
Crysthian - Friday, January 16th, 2009 @ 5:05pm
As a New Yorker, I like this one far better than the Twin Towers. True, it would be a statement if we just rebuilt them, it would give off the impression that we are unphased and can bounce back. But I prefer the new design because the WTC was the product of an older era which created pretty unattractive structures. The Freedom Tower is far more aesthetically pleasing and shows that we have PROGRESSED and are not just going back to the way things were, 9/11 happened and we need to grow, not just come back.
Rachel - Saturday, January 10th, 2009 @ 3:49am
I think it has a beautiful transition between what i've heard as a "concrete bunker" and that glass framework. However i think we will always feel that day impact us and i dont think the Freedom Tower will replace what America has lost
Alex Dow - Thursday, January 8th, 2009 @ 5:58pm
I believe that the Freedom Tower is a great idea it symbolizes that the terrorist will never bring our spirits down. The Freedom Tower will be a very beautiful sight
Erika - Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 @ 6:05pm
I think that it is a marvelous display of the technolgical advances of today. no one will forget the tradgey but 'Its a new dawn' 'its a new day'.Its good to do something positve out of something negative or make somthing beautiful out of something ugly.. and it will make the site a more positve place to visit for everyone. Good luck with a sucsessful project.
Ema - Friday, January 2nd, 2009 @ 8:30pm
I think that it is a marvelous display of the technolgical advances of today. no one will forget the tradgey but 'Its a new dawn' 'its a new day'.Its good to do something positve out of something negative or make somthing beautiful out of something ugly.. and it will make the site a more positve place to visit for everyone. Good luck with a sucsessful project.
Ema - Friday, January 2nd, 2009 @ 8:30pm
freedom tower will be the glory that NYC deserves. Your country doesnt need to build bigger and better, nor have twins towers rebuilt. Your country already is bigger and better than most.look to the future but never forget your victims. this design and memorial is something i look forward to seeing with my very own eyes.
keith oswald - Thursday, January 1st, 2009 @ 9:02pm
c'est très beaux !!New York is beautiful!
Francesca - Sunday, December 28th, 2008 @ 6:44am
Build this as a symbol of the strength and togetherness of the U.S.A and everyone who lost their lives on 9/11. There are millions of us throughout the world that LOVE America- God Bless You All
Baz Redfearn - Saturday, December 20th, 2008 @ 6:38am
shows our american pride
chris campbell - Friday, December 19th, 2008 @ 7:20pm
Go Loud go proud, the land of the brave. I think this one its not so much about the design or looks its about the fact that you are rebuilding as a statement with many meanings
Stan Morrison - Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 @ 3:34am
Replicating the Twin Towers to show the world our true strength, determination, resolve and our total unwillingness to respect the assassins' decision to change our landscape would've been the way to go. By replacing them with a different single structure we're only getting half of the message out. The change I would've made: this time around I'd have the top floors light up each night in 2 different directions with red, white and blue bulbs showing the American flag, in another 2 directions with brown, white and black bulbs with our American eagle, in another 2 with teal bulbs showing the Statue of Liberty, and the last 2 always showcasing whatever holiday is at hand. No matter which sides you'd be seeing at any given time, you'd be seeing different things, plus they could switch around. That would be so gorgeous and so very different from anything else in the world, yet in a way remembering and paying our respects to those who lost their lives in 9/11, and at the same time getting our unsaid message sent out loud and clear to the world.
Bette - Friday, December 5th, 2008 @ 8:26am
I As a proud half canadien half American STRONLY agree to this this tower is going to make a great addtion to new york i am very pleased to see The United States is taking action even though im only 15 i have been doing lots of research for 6 years now on how this will come to be and i am pleased.....God Bless America
Travis - Monday, December 1st, 2008 @ 12:17pm
The man who walked ascroos the twin towers loved them. He even offered to do it again if they were rebuilt. I say we should give him his towers back, but in a way that doesnt show the old, vunerable United States, but the new, proud, strong and free nation. 9/11 gave my country a black eye and destroyed so many aspects of our daily life. And I though at first, for just two buildings? But then I saw the photo documentaries of people who were out there taking pictures with their cameras, many of whom died. I visisited ground zero, and it was unbelievebly sad. I saw that yes, the WTC was an irreplaceable loss, of not only our pride, but the sense of security around the globe. We need to come back in a way that will not only remember those poor souls who died that day, but will show the terrorists that they cant mess with us. I think we should build twin freedom towers. Same designs as the single tower, just two of them. They will remember the old towers and the people who died, but at the same time, show our dominance.As you see in the pictures, the spires shoot beacons of light into the air, like the current towers of light as a memorial, but two freedom towers and two towers of light will be there in rememberance instead of a single. Then, we can let the man who walked the towers do it again, to show the world that freedom can't be beat.
Freedom R. ULES - Thursday, November 27th, 2008 @ 12:46am
It can't compare with the original trade center,I had been in the original WTC's and I marveled at them.I still have a hard time believing that they're gone NYC will never look the same with out them.Of all things extremely important about this they absolutly must build a memorial at the site to remember all who have died that day they must never be forgotten always remembered in some way,For my friend,I'll never forget you.
RobG - Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 @ 5:57am
Interesting design but not quite inspiring, as the twin towers were.
Rob Weir - Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 @ 10:32pm
I think its a great plan and with the memorial park added IT WILL BE great. Im from the west coast California and we also WILL NEVER FORGET.
Martin G - Saturday, November 8th, 2008 @ 10:28am
A lovely building to be sure but disappointing. When the twin towers were built the were the tallest building in the world. This one isn't even started and it's already fallen to fourth place!
Tom Bombaldi - Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 @ 2:04am
I remember September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday. I thank God with all of my heart that no one that I loved was lost. However, my heart truly was broken and tears rushed from my eyes when I saw the lives that were lost and the families that suffered. I salute all of the police, firemen, and all humans that died on that day. I am glad that the new tower is being built to show that America is standing back up to show that it is still strong by building this new tower. It is sleek, beautiful, and so futuristic-looking. I am from New York and have visited the Twin Towers before they fell and I can't wait to see the new one. Great job and God bless America.
Jake - Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 @ 4:04pm
Nice This is... I think thats wonderfull and beutifull Tower in Dubai even all arond the world after complete i want to visit......
Mohammad Adil Khan - Friday, October 31st, 2008 @ 8:59am
I was born and raised in New York City. What happened on 9/11 will be with me for the rest of my life. I once worked in WTC and don't think I've ever been awed by anything as breathtaking as having lunch at Windows of the World for they truly were the "windows of the world". Although the Freedom Tower is indeed a beautiful piece of architecture my heart yearns to see replaced exactly what those cowards took away from our nation...I want my towers back, exactly how they stood just stronger. I feel had we replaced "exactly" what taken away from us it would have been the absolute loudest message we could have ever hoped to send the world and a memorial in itself.
Rich - Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 @ 2:30pm
i do not agree with ryan...there is no faith and greatness....usa pls make sure YOU will have 2 TOWERS BACK!GOD BLESS AMERICA!
iulyq - Monday, October 27th, 2008 @ 5:18pm
i love it it's a great way to honer the lives that where lost on that faitful day i'm really glad there making it bigger so that if something ever happens like this again than we will prepared
sharon - Sunday, October 26th, 2008 @ 4:37pm
A true homage to the great people who laid their lives to keep the spirit of FREEDOM alive. A true symbol of our past present and future. FREE AND COMPASSIONATE WORLD.
ARUNJIT QAUMI - Monday, October 13th, 2008 @ 8:54pm
I totally agree with Norman, he left a beautiful message about what this new building represents, I stand beside his comment!
Jimmy - Monday, October 13th, 2008 @ 12:32pm
The Freedom Tower is beautiful, modern, conceptual. When u see sunlight reflect off the glazing you see that these towers represent an unwavered story in American History, Freedom!
Brandon Steinbeigle (Project Manager) - Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 @ 5:38pm
The design to me looks awkward and uninspiring. When I look at the renderings from 2004, however, with the antennae offset, it seems to almost reflect or mirror the Statue of Liberty holding up her torch, which is cool. So it seem that even some modest design changes could make this building inspiring, if they either went back to something more like the 2004 rendering, or thought about how to have it reflect America's symbols and values.
Michael - Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 @ 2:50pm
My cousin, Martin Niederer, was the best basketball player that my high school ever had. He played about fifteen years ago. His birthday would have been on Friday. When he was a sophomore, he was the starting point guard for varsity basketball. He went to U. Vermont, but gave up basketball sophomore year. Instead, he decided to get a job in the twin towers. He was killed on 9/11/01 at the age of 23. He was the perfect man and i hope to follow like him. The Freedom Tower will represent all those who lost their lives that day, it will not only represent the people of NYC but the people of America, and it will show the people of around the world that America will never give up nor fear anyone. God bless America. God bless the world
Christian Lauchaire - Monday, September 29th, 2008 @ 4:34pm
I have to agree with the above post. I too watched the towers come down. I loved those towers. The new Freedom Tower lacks vision and most New Yorkers hate the design. When you look at the building being built in other countries and some in other cities in the US, you can't help but wonder what are they thinking? It lacks any grace, style or vision. It is bland, boring and we can do a whole lot better. We need a tower that looks to the future. One that is a must see building. This, unfortunately is not it.
Michael Parker - Friday, September 26th, 2008 @ 5:48pm
wonderful we will never forget that day. the WTC is still there. and the many souls are still roaming the site. that monument will be great.
David - Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 @ 7:05pm
I think the new building design seems fine and nice especially after the construction is completed. You can't really appreciate that much seeing only on a perspective design or on a poster, so wait until its done and you'll know... its modern marvel... but i do believe that erecting two towers instead of one is much better, for the reason that, this two towers represents; #1. The boldness, courage and bravery and resilience of american people inspite of advesaries; and #2. The freedom, liberty and equality of the human race. The World Trade Center site would never be the same again without the twin towers. So stand proud! and say "Go Twin Towers Forever..." God Bless us all...
Raymond Victor - Monday, September 22nd, 2008 @ 10:11pm
I truly hope we will be able to FILL the new "Freedom Tower" buildings in the way the WTC was once filled. With the volitility of the financial giants who once inhabited most of the office space in the magnificent WTC buildings, I only hope we will have buildings that don't just serve as a empty replacements for an empty skyline. My hope is that the new Freedom Tower buildings will truly symbolize financial strength... and be filled... I'd hate to see "leasing" signs for that building for an indefinite amount of time. God Bless America and God Bless everyone who perished on 9-11-01. May our "Freedom Towers" stand with a unique magesty as our WTC once did.
Mary - Monday, September 22nd, 2008 @ 7:16pm
So Happy to see the American Spirit ! The new Freedom Tower will be beautiful,Strong, and will stand Proud !
SCOTTY - Monday, September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:57pm
I think the design is quite boring. The original rendering was much better. I cannot believe that this is the BEST architecture for THE city that the rest of the world looks to for inspiration. I'm very dissapointed. Where's the old Amrerican innovative spirit?!?
Seneca - Thursday, September 18th, 2008 @ 5:00pm
I personally believe that the old design of the Freedom Tower was much, much better. It passed along a message, and it resembled a memorial. The top glass part gave me the feeling of a new, fresh start, but the fact that we still remember those who died in the tragic event of 9-11. It's as if our bleeding hearts and souls were healed overtime, our pain vanishing away as the color of the old builing design changes from dark to clear. The new design really dissapointed me and gave me the impression that the new architect does not at all go though the dificult times and troubles everyone else went through. It upsets me greatly, I was very fond of the original design.
Jay Kay - Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 @ 8:28pm
I think that it will make the skyline better, but i dont think it will go with the archetecture of new york
Sam - Monday, September 15th, 2008 @ 12:10pm
I think That is so wonderful im from New York and I really missed the towers and have been inside to the 79th floor I always loved the Towers. I cant wait til the Freedom Tower is completed I will pray for God to Bless it. May he bless you all as well.
Robert Webb - Sunday, September 14th, 2008 @ 10:37pm
My friends and I visited your beautiful city of new York in 2007. We visited ground zero and found it to be a very emotional. We could not imagine what all of the people of New York and America where going through that day use are all in our payers God Bless you all.
Jackie - Sunday, September 14th, 2008 @ 6:13pm
I am from Southern California.And am saddened by some of the comments regarding the Asthetics of this building should be and the symbolism of what a Majestic Height represents. I am so proud of my country and seeing the American Flag caught in the perfect wind. Is enough for me to tear up. I want us to remember in the Majesty of the Towers and the damage done by the planes, left us dumbstruck. Look at everyones faces as they watch them burn.The frustration of the firemen, " If I only had a ladder that tall." If we only had something. We all were thankful when the evacuees that did get out from the floors below the damage. Now in our debate of Height and how this new building should out shine and one who said the roof should itself be 1776 feet tall. I want everyone to search : Cbcvideo 9/11 the falling man. The Jumpers. With all of us watching in horror. The ones who above the damage had no escape. NONE...to choose the way in which you will die today. Under the circumstances as we all watched. To feel so abandoned and without choice. To know no cone could reach them or any of us from below who wished we couldve done something. Every year I think of these people and The Falling man, his identity unknown. I cry for everyone that day. Mostly I cry for those who jumped. And am angry so very angry that nothing absolutely nothing could be done because of the buildings height. Anyone can argue with me about this if they would like to . Just leave out the , "We didnt expect this to happen so how could we really have a plan?" Fortunately we can openly agree to disagree on this and again blessed. May all of those who persished that day rest in peace. And For many like the falling man. I pray God gave them absolution for their decision. And In Heaven they have a place. God Bless America
Delbert Ortega - Sunday, September 14th, 2008 @ 3:17am
The Freedom tower will heal America's pain. 09/11/01 NEVER FORGET!
Raymond Fernandez Jr - Saturday, September 13th, 2008 @ 10:02pm
I think that the tower is quite nice.Yet i think the old one should have been re-built because we would show all the countries that we are still strong and by building it would have been a great idea.But i know the new one will pretty much do the same.
Leslie Nichole - Saturday, September 13th, 2008 @ 7:27pm
I have visited the twin towers many times and still possess many memories from that place. It was a terrible tragedy what happened in 9/11 and my heart goes out to all those people who have lost their loves ones. I truly believe that this new Freedom Tower will be a great achievement to the NYC skyline. It will give the world a message that we as Americans will never forget that horrible day. It will be a great vision of the future. God Bless America and all of her people!!!
Phil Read - Friday, September 12th, 2008 @ 2:23am
I can't believe it's been seven years. I feel so bad for the victims and their family's. Every time I here story's about it, or see story's on TV, it makes me sick. I'm a 28 year old male and sometimes I cry when I here their story's. It's so sad, I can't believe people could be so cold. I like the idea of this project, but I also think we should build back the TWIN TOWERS. Build them back taller and stronger, and let these terrorist cowards know you can't keep us down!!! This is the best country in the world, and good always prevails over evil in the end. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
Jonathan - Friday, September 12th, 2008 @ 1:32am
i think if it was a new building and 9/11 never happened it would work for a new manhatten. now everyday when i go to school ill have to look at that? .. they should remake the old ones with a more modern style. but remember when people hated the REAL world trade center in the 70-80s? thats gunna be the same way. either way at least its not a hole in the ground. i hope the famillys are safe and that they get through this. trust me itll look cool. peace
mike - Friday, September 12th, 2008 @ 1:31am
Proud to be an American! So glad that we are not forgetting. However, I agree with several other posts. This building just doesn't make the right statement. It's impersonal, modern, and doesn't really look structurally sound. I think a true tribute would have been to design two new buildings. Tall, strong, proud buildings. Not something like this. The shape is odd and looks awkward. But that is my opinion. I just pray for the victims and their families. In many ways we are all victims and will live with the memory of that day forever. We should all be proud of how well Americans pulled together in such a devastating time. God Bless!
Christi S - Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 11:10pm
While I think the structure is amazing, I have to agree with those who believe that the twins should be redone. I think that rebuilding the twin towers, stronger and more glorious will show the terrorists that they cannot keep the American spirit down, while also paying respect to the many who were lost. I went to a site today and looked at each and every one who were lost to us as the result of 9/11. So many faces, so many loved ones, gone forever. I am still so very sad, and it is still hard to grasp the reality of it all. My only hope is that their memories are held sacred by those who are building.
Angela - Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 8:41pm
i think it is a great way to reflect on nine eleven and to remember the tradgety and loved ones lost in the terrible incident. It is a beautiful building and im happy to see such a good thing being done to have memories about the great people that had lost their lives. It would be cool if they planted gum trees to represent how many kids lost their parents, to show them that we care about the kids who suffered not just the adults.
natalie - Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 3:54pm
The structure is designed beautifully, but it doesn't seem to catch the essence of why it has been designed in the first place. I will however reserve my final judgement of the structure until it has been completed, most often, results are much better than the actual plans. I also just wanted to say that the very same fatal defect in the structural steel of both of the twin towers probably was also the saving grace for all of the surrounding buildings on that day. I am not referring to the smaller support services buildings, but across each street, buildings and lives were spared as if there was an invisible barrier. If the steel hadn't failed the way it did and the building fall upon itself floor by floor, then very possibly the buildings could have fallen over onto surrounding office and residential buildings. Food for thought.
Deborah - Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 2:51pm
Today is a silent day. We're all going about our daily lives but we're all thinking about one thing. It's hard to forget. The Freedom Tower is a vision.
Carlos Restrepo - Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 12:25pm
After al horoble pain and sorrow on 2001, this new tower will show the world soon that the fellow americans wouldn't give up after this hellish tragidy, also thousends of people all over the world will reunite together to fight against those hellish creatures. "The tower of freedom" will rise over whole america and the world bless america and my country. amen
MJ - Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 10:05am
I have been very moved by the events of september 11th 2001 and my thoughts and prayers are with New York today. I visited the Ground Zero site in April 2006 with my daughter to pay our respects, and it was a very emotional experience. We both hope to be in New York for the completion and opening of the Freedom Tower, we truly want to be there to share it with you. God Bless you all, New York.
Kate - Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 7:05am
I have to admit I was shocked at the homage that came from so may different nations. The love and respect they show for our country should be a reminder to those of us that live here. America is truly a unique country in it's sense of pride and the freedom and liberties God has bestowed upon us. Blessings to all the other nations that show their love for us as we should for them. BTW, love the tower but also think two should have been built and built taller then any present or planned building. As a nation we are only as tall and as proud as the ideas which come from a free country.
Jonah - Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 @ 8:33pm
I am a strong believer of the U.S. and what it stands for. After what that group had done on that miserable day said to tthem “they had to build something as good or better than what was there”. Although, what was there before was a well constructed and loved icon of the U.S.A. what they are building now brings the point back to the world that the U.S.A.is better than before. A marvelous structure like the freedom tower will be a huge testament to the U.S.A. It’s great - I am all for it.
Michael D. Camphin. - Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 @ 9:24pm
The Old WTC was inspirational, mighty, powerful. This building has none of those qualities. I was hoping for something magnificient to capture the greatness of this city. What NY is getting is rather ordinary.
Paul - Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 @ 5:22am
I don't know how anyone would want to work in that building after what happened there. I would think a lot of people would call in sick on 9/11. No structure in the world could restore my belief in freedom and security after the destruction and repercussions caused by these attacks. They are just building another target for future terrorism. The war is not over yet.
Heather - Sunday, September 7th, 2008 @ 10:20pm
Bravo Norman! (who posted in July)
Jane - Sunday, September 7th, 2008 @ 6:37pm
As a structural steel ironworker myself of 16 years, this is what I wanted to see happen after they attacked us here. FANTASTIC JOB. This si one I would love to be able to work on.
Brian Moore - Saturday, August 30th, 2008 @ 10:02am
The WTC had a restaurant on the top called Windows of the World, a place I only went to once. I will never forget sitting there looking out through the windows at lower Manhattan. The marble in the elevator lobby and bathroom were an awesome site. Sometimes I still can't believe its all gone. I hope they put a new Win of the World at the new complex. Go NYC!
Travo - Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 @ 9:55am
i really love the new tower and it will b a great addition to the new york sky line. of course there will b nothin like the twin towers but it is a nice structure and we will never forget the lives lost on that horrible day
jacob - Monday, August 25th, 2008 @ 8:35pm
This tower is just disgusting and it fills me with sadness to see it being built. I am from NYC and to see such an ugly and uninteresting design tears open old scars.The freedom tower should not be designed like modern architecture too often is: to look fragile and delicate, while at the same time plane, cold and impersonal.The freedom tower should learn something from older archetecture like the Empire State or the Chrysler building. These buildings were designed to look sturdy and firmly planted. They are reassuring, unique and are cathedrals to progress and the human spirit. They feel personal and inspirational. The freedom tower is as cold as ice, as stark as a skeleton and as unimpressive as any other genetic office building.I'd give anything to stop it so that something more fitting could be created.
Steve Packard - Sunday, August 24th, 2008 @ 5:26pm
Well done, always knew you Americans would build something more spectacular than before, it the attitude everyone should have. They may bring down our buildings but they'll never bring down our ideals and willpower to rebuild bigger and better than before!!I will definitely be going back to New York soon, it may be thousands of miles away, but i will always consider it my secondary home.RIP!!
Doug Adamson - Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 @ 4:36pm
I just love America as much as I love my country, U.S, my second home, land of the free home of the brave
manny - Friday, August 8th, 2008 @ 12:59pm
God Bless America forever...i love the new towers
pat - Monday, August 4th, 2008 @ 9:14pm
I think a lot of people are underrating this great building.It also puts the CT people to shame, that accused Silverstein of having a hand in the 9/11 attacks. It's a really pretty building, I hope I can visit NY before I die, just to be able to visit that great building.Fievel J Mousekewitz.
Dennis E Strausser Jr - Monday, August 4th, 2008 @ 3:42pm
although i like the latest design, i cant help but think the first design was far more dynamic and creative, that being said, i am sure once completed it will be a proud accompaniment of the new york skyline
Twellsie - Friday, August 1st, 2008 @ 9:14am
Congratulations, NYC, the best building for the best city!
hugo Zanusso - Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 @ 4:17pm
I have a few things to say, first I like the Freedonm Tower. Second, I have read that more than one person would like the building to be the tallest building in the world. Why?? Do you really think that it would stay that way. Look at all the buildings popping up all over the world. It would not take that long for someone to build one that would surpass it in size. Third, I'm getting the impression that some people think that this was an attack on the US, but it wasnt it was an attack on the world. The US was not the only ones who lost countrymen that day. If I am not mistaken there were even those of Arab nationallity killed that day. The only way for America to be strong is the world must come together as one. We need to put an end to the petty bickering with other nations. No more wars, no more fighting. End it, end all now. I also know that there are those in the US that hate all those of the Muslim faith because of what a few extremests have done. I guess that those people have forgotten the likes of Timmothy McVeigh. You cant hate a nation for the actions of a few. Intelligence it the answer here. No offense to those in the UK but for those that live in the US I think that the height of 1776ft is perfect. You dont have to be the biggest to be the best. Any tall building built where the WTC once stood is an F off to those that knocked them down. So remember that the Freedom Tower is not just for those from US soil that were lost. God Bless the WORLD. Let us also remember that God is everywhere not just in the US. He has different names and faces but he is still the same no matter if you call him Buddah, Allah, God, The Message is the same, PEACE.
Norman - Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 @ 10:04am
Kudos on the design!It appears as though the antennae mast is like a "GIGANTIC MIDDLE FINGER" aimed at the evil that failed in their attempts.
J Martin - Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 @ 9:14am
its vonderfull tower becose he simbol freedom and peace and hope when world and we to be good, loved and helped i watch when September, 2001 terrorists destroyed several of the Center's buildings, including the massive 110 -story twin towers. The stated reason for this action was to protest the United States' support of the nation of Israel and its people. The terrorist attack only served to solidify the bond between the U.S. and Israel, and caused wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and the toppling of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. Thousands died when the twin tower fell, and millions were emotionally and psychologically scarred. its bad whay we not can live to whay one family .
vitalijus - Monday, July 21st, 2008 @ 9:56am
It's a piece of America, A vision, which we should stand behind. Everyone has their own individual interpretation of what this memorial should resemble, but the reality is that a structure must be built to both reflect and rise above...their is no perfection, just resolve, and unity. God continue to bless us, our strength will be in unity!
Adam - Sunday, July 20th, 2008 @ 12:21am
freedom tower is a mind blowing piece of architecture.we the people of INDIA are realyproud of it.
ANAND THUMBAYIL - Friday, July 18th, 2008 @ 11:55pm
Wonderful structure. I visited the Twin Towers in 1997. I was stunned with its height and its majestic look. The people of America and New yorkers in particular deserve this beautiful tower. Let's show the world that America is back on its feet again. I love America from coast to coast. The beautiful national parks, the great plains and the great lakes. May God show his love and confort to all those families who lost their loved ones in horrific tragedy. Love, Jose
Jose Geraldo da Silva - Thursday, July 17th, 2008 @ 8:54am
Gone but not Forgotten..Memories will live on and Dreams continue to come. We are stronger then ever as we are rebuiding.
Dan Truong - Thursday, July 17th, 2008 @ 8:23am
A truly impressive building. Yet, the 2004 design was far more inspirational and dynamic.
andrew235 - Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 @ 7:06am
I think the tower is great, and understand why 2 towers cant be built at this time. There will always be the worry of it happening again, but lets hope with the technology of the future we can prevent it. lets hope some form of air traffic control is put in this building with some form of munitions and military to either take over or shoot the aircraft down.yes its like science fiction but look how far we have come since 1988 when the computer age was born. Eventually another tower can be built, the first is a start, so why critsize? Let this tower be a memorial to those who lost there lives on that day and maybe some day there will be another.
dave - Sunday, July 13th, 2008 @ 2:32pm
I know that I said,"Let's build the Freedom Tower."but after thinking about it I would love have the Twin Towers back stonger and a little higher.I know that people are arguing about which to built here's a solution "BUILT BOTH!!!!"I know it will cost alot of money so then built one at a time.I think the Twin Towers first at where it was last time GROUND ZERO.After build the Freedom Tower then everybody will be happy. I know that they will make the right choose. GOD Bless America and Everyone.
David - Friday, June 27th, 2008 @ 5:06pm
An absolutely stupendous design and beautiful infrastructure...this design will beautifully represent the awesome city that NYC is and will also stand proud as a symbol of liberty, one of the many things for which this nation stands.
Art - Friday, June 27th, 2008 @ 4:33am
I think that NY is the best city. And I like that new Freedom Tower. It looks good. And I agree with Lisa that what happened on September 11th was one of the worst things.I would like to work in NY. So when I end my school, I will go there.See you later
Adam - Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 @ 6:30am
On September 11, 2001, Middle Eastern religious extremists hijacked four passenger jets. One was used to blast a hole in the Pentagon, leaving the building scared and killing or seriously burning the occupants inside. A second, the famous United Flight 93, was crashed into the empty Pennsylvania field before the heroic passengers, who valiantly fought back against their captors with little more than kitchenware and appliances, could retake control of the plane. The last two were used as guided-missiles to topple two of the greatest buildings in America. And now in the place of those icons, rises a phoenix out of the ashes of death and destruction which littered ground zero for weeks-The Freedom Tower. This tower will not only become a new World Trade Center, but a testament to the resilience of the american people and also a tribute to those who died on that fateful day. Admiral Yamamoto, the Admiral who lead the attack on Peral Harbor on December 7, 1941, said after the attack was over,"We have awakened a sleeping giant and have instilled in him a terrible resolve". The same thing happened on September 11, the only difference was that the terrorists and those who orchestrated the heinous and cowardly attack did not realize what they had done.
Andrew Childers - Thursday, June 12th, 2008 @ 1:52am
The newest design isn't offensive, but I must say the original design was bolder and more fascinating. And frankly, having the topmost floors not be offices filled with people wasn't the worst idea in the world...
Ian - Saturday, June 7th, 2008 @ 2:01pm
I think some people have been way to critical about this structure. People need to remember the purpose of this project. Speaking from the standpoint of someone whose relatives worked in the WTC, I understand the position of the original buildings needs to be preserved and remembered. Also, the size of the other buildings has been increased to raise the overall height of the skyline. But the thing I really like about the intent of this design is that during daylight hours the new buildings (with their glass prisms) will reflect light down on the site of the original WTC buildings. This way darkness will not cover that area again. What a statement to make with a project, to make sure such a thing won't happen again.
Joshua Stanton - Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 @ 12:29am
At first I thought SOM's conservative direction with the latest design was disappointing, but simpler buildings that might seem boring at first can become much more enduring over time. The symetrical glass box might just grow on people once it is standing--a sober memorial without being too sensationalist. This is not a place for a nostalgic design, nor an overly edgy one that fizzles once people get bored with it. Seems to be moving a nice direction.
greg - Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 @ 10:09am
this is a tribute to all those who lost their lives & they must be smiling from heaven.
megha - Monday, June 2nd, 2008 @ 3:13pm
Although the Freedom Tower is striking, I do not feel that it conveys the strength and will of our country. I would have loved to see the Towers rebuilt, only taller, stronger and safer than than before. NYC needs a symbol that clearly delivers the message to all that our country is united, proud and that we will not live in fear. Thank you to the troops that are fighting to preserve our freedom!You are true heros and may you be safe and come home soon.
Melissa - Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 @ 11:11pm
I beilieve that you are wrong Dennis, the new design opts to show the unity that the United States has and will rise above the various unforseen challenges. The United States has many enemies and many friends, has been in many battles and enough wars...one thing is for sure though, we have never lost a war and this structure opts to show the world that the United States will never forget what happened on that terrible day. In addition, justice will be served
Jarret - Saturday, May 24th, 2008 @ 3:04pm
i think that this is a horrible design. They should rebuilt the wtc stronger so if 9/11 ever happens again, it will not end the way it did.
Dennis - Saturday, May 24th, 2008 @ 1:27pm
when I think of that day ,that terrible day I say a prayer and I feel a great loss a loss of a feeling of security I will never have again But I comfort myself in knowing that one day when all the worlds are dust and all the stars are ash there is a place known to us as heaven and by Gods grace nothing is ever lost and everyone is remembered and we will all dwell in the house of the Lord forever may the dead rest in peace and may the living go on to build great monuments to humanity for as long as the good lord will allow the United States will rise again Amen.
robeert c. - Friday, May 23rd, 2008 @ 8:31pm
I missed out on visiting the twin towers, but i will enjoy visiting the freedom tower in the near future.
David William Parker - Friday, May 16th, 2008 @ 10:33am
Although the Towers are yet to be constructed, may we Never forget the reasons for rebuilding. It has been almost 7 years, yet as if it were yesterday, we Remember! May the new New York Skyline be adorned with the beautiful memories of those who perished on that tragic day. May the New Towers stand tall, reflecting the stregnth, the courage and the will of New Yorkers.
Karen Rosales - Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 6:44pm
its hard to say really; two taller towers would have really told the extremists that the world isn't scared of you, we will do as we please, reguardless of you. One big structure such as this though shows the unity of not only NY and USA, but also the world - world trade centre - and the way everyone stood as one after 9/11.Anyhow, both ideas are great memorials for all those who so terribly lost their lives, and a great symbolism about them and send out the right message.My thoughts are with all those who perished and have suffered from 9/11
Olli - Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 1:57pm
No vision, no dream, no pride, just a pile of steel and glass that fails to capture any lasting emotion beyond longing for the more bold days of the American Spirit.
Chuck Hague - Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 9:20am
With so many views and comments made thus far,it seems that the new "freedom tower" has really gripped the imagination of the world and a new "passion"for this structure is gaining momentum.When completed ,I am sure it would be a real monument to the commercial world.....but a hint of the past will always be there.
Ram Maharaj - Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 1:58pm
With so many views and comments made thus far,it seems that the new "freedom tower" has really gripped the imagination of the world and a new "passion"for this structure is gaining momentum.When completed ,I am sure it would be a real monument to the commercial world.....but a hint of the past will always be there.
Ram Maharaj - Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 1:58pm
So happy when I knew about this. Great to have this Freedom symbol again. We think of you how lost your lives on that day.Let Freedom Stand. Once agian. So Great
Eddie Johanson - Sunday, May 4th, 2008 @ 4:32pm
Rebuilding the towers exactly where they were and have the memorials inside would have been the best solution
jay - Friday, May 2nd, 2008 @ 11:10pm
Stunning! Americans can be very proud to have such a significant and gorgeous building to memorialize the 9/11 tragedy.
Mart - Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 @ 1:34pm
I went to the towers in 1992. I love this towers. I cudnt believe when I so the news in Sep 11 2001. Is great to meek a something bigger and stronger like US nation but at the same time remembering what happened in 9/11.
Luis Landero - Saturday, April 26th, 2008 @ 3:14pm
I think that the structure is a beautiful design. I think that the size of the structure is a perfect voice to the world at 1776 feet high. There really is no point to go any higher. The race for the tallest structure well always be; at least the heighth represents America as a whole.
Chris - Saturday, April 26th, 2008 @ 2:11pm
Looks a lot more modern than the over-cautiously designed Twin Towers.I expect there will be much more daylight entering the offices et al of this building than in the Twin Towers as mentioned by r ichard g age AIA in his university of manitoba presentation/ findable on video google.Respect to the fallen of all our nations on that fateful day and since.
Douglas Hilton - Friday, April 25th, 2008 @ 9:19am
Kathy - Monday, April 21st, 2008 @ 12:57pm
Every tower is a masterpiece!! A very good symbol of unity and pride.I was in NY the day they lay the first layer of cement for the new tower. I will be back to see the end result. Forever remembered !!! X
Donna - Sunday, April 20th, 2008 @ 4:21am
Freedom Tower is a good way to respect those whos died on the tragic day of 9/11/01.We are a strong nation with is not within the structure of our buildings but are hearts.We have lost many lives that tragic morning but ..... We are America
Gage - Saturday, April 19th, 2008 @ 9:56pm
Congratulations New York, Congratulations USA, great new symbol!!
Jesus - Friday, April 18th, 2008 @ 7:13pm
I think the freedom tower will be an amazing structure for such an amazing city.I love New York & everything about it
Robert Hewson - Friday, April 18th, 2008 @ 5:14pm
I have read some comments that say the twin towers should have been rebuilt. I feel by building this one new structure, it symbolizes what the attack did for us as Americans. It caused us to come together as ONE nation of people and stand for what we believe in....FREEDOM !!
Steve Cooper - Friday, April 18th, 2008 @ 2:57pm
I Just came home from NYC and the site of the Twin Towers, I feel that the way they have designed the new Tower, surrounding buildings/towers, and ponds in the foot print of the former Towers is an amazing tribute to the past, the memory of those that were lost, and shows that we are all looking to the future and not living in the past.
Dawn - Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 @ 2:18pm
This building is something like a supernova. I hope by the time it's finished Iraq and Afghanistan become thriving democracies in the middle east.
Zane - Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 @ 2:19pm
Nice, but I can only echo what most people are saying that two towers would have been the perfect answer from the great city that says we shall not fear you, not even in our darkest hour, but rise above and pull together as one. I love NY see you soon.
Dean - Monday, April 14th, 2008 @ 8:28pm
Its a very elegant design and has a nice blue tint to it. But I would really like to see at least two towers at least 2800 ft tall. That will show those narrow minded terrorist that we are not weak.
James Nagy - Friday, April 11th, 2008 @ 5:28pm
The side views remind me of an Italian Out The Front knife, or OTF Knife. Those asymmetric side views are beautiful views in deed.
Jack Duquesne - Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 @ 2:00am
I think we should have re-built the towers. This is a nice building, but the towers had personality. I feel we are giving the terrorists another moral victory. I think the ultimate memorial would have been to re-build the towers. And at the same time letting those terrorists know that they are not going to scare us. May God bless us all and watch over our Country. And may he bless all of you around the world
Ron - Monday, April 7th, 2008 @ 7:42pm
America has often been referred to as "The Light of the Free World" and this building appears to be the flame from which that light will come. Anyone who understands the difficulty in this process knows this is no easy task. My heart goes out to all those who perished on 9/11 as well as their families, and may this building inspire a new generation of Americans to achieve ever greater things.
John Guzzardo - Saturday, April 5th, 2008 @ 7:28pm
First - it would be a good idea for those who have written comments, Americans especially, to care and bother enough to spell even the simple words correctly. Please stop typing with your toes! Show some respect, if not for yourselves, at least then, for the fine new building, which,Second - when completed, will probably take even the naysayer's breath away...
boswell - Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 @ 6:32pm
i think the design is excellent good bless america
Duarte Serrao - Friday, March 21st, 2008 @ 2:46pm
This new designed building is a diamond. The old Twin Towers was the heart and soul of the American People.It stood proud, was knocked down to its knees and the American People, but building a new Twin Towers, it rises from its knees again to a taller and better than anywhere symbol in the world to its full proudness and glory as it was once before. American people, Australia is watching.
George Young - Thursday, March 20th, 2008 @ 11:54pm
Great design but needs to be taller. lets show them that the U.S. will morn the ones we lost but our pride of being a free country will not croumble.
Angelo Chacon - Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 @ 1:56pm
I visited New York the year after they collapsed and ground zero left a big impression on me. I still have a picture of the original twin towers in a frame, I wish they would have rebuild them the way they were. Or at least two towers instead of one. I like the design of the single tower though.
Arjan - Monday, March 17th, 2008 @ 1:42pm
As an Italian/Irish kid growing up in the close suburbs of Chicago I am used to going to the city and privilaged to have gone to the twin towers 1 year before 9/11, Those were amazing buildings just like from my home town but to be at my grade school and watch those buliding fall to the ground on TV was the most hirrifing moment of my life. I know that will never happen again because we are 1 country, 1 nation, 1 Family. Love, A Proud American
CGallo - Sunday, March 16th, 2008 @ 10:36pm
we went to ground zero in december 07, i had a big lump in my throat and a feeling of complete sadness, the freedom tower is magnificent, a fitting tribute to those who died on that aweful day, the people of new york will be proud of the tower, god bless you people of new york
christine - Saturday, March 15th, 2008 @ 10:51pm
Alot more sober design than the silly "Architecture of the Absurd" Very glad Daniel Liberskind version didn't get up. and that Franks didn't have a go!
Bill Wood - Thursday, March 13th, 2008 @ 1:45am
For the greatest city, for the greatest country, for a new president that will lead us into a hopeful future. I love NY.
suzete h - Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 @ 1:51pm
It would have been great to see the old towers rebuilt but may have been too emotional for surviving WTC workers & the families of the lost loved ones. As an Australian tourist, I travelled up to the old World Trade Center observation deck twice & still find it hard to come to grips with the enormity of 9/11. The new building is nice and in time will be embraced by Americans & foreign tourists alike.
Dom Calleja - Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 @ 9:46am
I think this is a great idea. However, I would ahve liked to see soemthing similar to the original. People remember which tower their loved ones were in at the time. I think this is significant. But I guess this will still show the American Spirit.
Amaro - Sunday, March 9th, 2008 @ 3:15pm
I think that building the freedom tower would be a marvelous idea to show that we have recovered from the 9/11 attacks and are rebuilding the building in a new way from the ground up.
Drew Johnston - Thursday, March 6th, 2008 @ 7:28am
I will carry to my grave the images of that terrible day. I saw the twin towers go up,but never thought I would live to see them fall. I wish they had rebuilt the towers,but the Freedom Tower will help fill that hole in the skyline.
Sid Busch - Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 @ 5:38am
I was in 2nd grade when I saw the North Tower burning I thought "Wow!" but when I saw the second plane hit the other tower I, how can I say it in a right way , I "DIED" ,in my soul, but when it came down,both towers, I cried.Now after I think what would I do if I was there.I may have not been there but there are beautiful and mine.The Freedom Tower is the best idea ever.Remember God is with everyone.MAY GOD BLESS EVERYONE NOW AND FOREVER!!
David Cruz - Monday, March 3rd, 2008 @ 9:21pm
I would have personally liked the twin towers of the WTC to be reconstructed higher and taller to show these cowards that no one is scared of them. However this design is also good.
Alok - Monday, March 3rd, 2008 @ 4:40am
I think the stucture is unique and the sky beam is eye catching,it will never replace the twins but I understand things change and move forward . the only thing is there is nothing that even resembles the buildings that met thier demise. I think something should be built closer to the original design to honor their glory and to honor the lives lost
C.Thompson - Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 @ 1:27pm
very elegant and beautiful, but the designers should have been more bold and gone for a much larger and taller building in defiance of the terrorists
mark stephens - Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 @ 6:06am
This building is beautiful and everyone who has devoted their heart and mind to see it built deserves a huge pat on the back! I heart New York!
Steve Noble - Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 @ 12:42pm
There is no way to replace the "Twin Towers" But it sure would have been nice to see them try. Two towers would have been more symbolic than one. Oh well. :(
John Holstlaw - Monday, February 18th, 2008 @ 3:01pm
As a building it is a poor and boring design much like the twin towers were. As a monument I guess it works but even as a monument to a horrible disaster it leaves you demoralized as the previous raw substance is simply not there. It is basically a very short building in all of my expectations.
Susan Coleman - Monday, February 18th, 2008 @ 2:07am
I have to admit that the design is a little...not thought through...but it is the effort that counts. It is being built for a purpose, and whether or not it reflects that, it is just that. I think that the public should have been a little more involved with the designing of this, as it is ALL of us who were affected, not just the designers. It is a cool design, but could have a lot more interest in it.So, to sum it up, great effort and keep up the good work!
Sean Frisbey - Saturday, February 16th, 2008 @ 4:27pm
Im glad that the building of the freedow tower is going ahead I wished they built the Twin Towers exactly the way they were though. I praise the American people for their defiance against evil. God Bless America.
sergio sandes - Friday, February 15th, 2008 @ 10:10am
I love the Freedom Tower because it repesent how strong we are as a nation.And to proof to does who want to do us rong that they are not going to teka us down with them.Because we are going to fiht back.love you america and remenber to be strong at all time.
dania - Monday, February 11th, 2008 @ 11:38pm
I do not like it ! The design is very unimaginative and weak . Surely something more creative could have been designed with all the brilliant minds out there . Further more the other towers being built with it do not complement it .The leaders in New York , you have dropped the ball. Two thumbs down .
David Owens Jeffcoat - Sunday, February 10th, 2008 @ 6:24pm
I think the Freedom Tower is an awsome! idea,but I think that there should be two towers so we (Americans and All)can say that we have our TWIN TOWERS back. Or we can have two twin mini towers with the Freedom Tower,and trying to beat that other tower by a few feet is stupid,and uncalled for the Freedom Tower(s)is made as a memorial for those how died. If they HAVE to build the building,that they want as the tallest building, built it SOMEWHERE ELES!!!!But anyway build the Freedom Tower(s) for America. GOD BLESS
David Cruz - Friday, February 8th, 2008 @ 3:47pm
I think this freedom tower should be the tallest building of the world, beating those in chinna and kuwait and emirates ara
Steven - Friday, February 8th, 2008 @ 2:15pm
I think the freedom tower that is going to be is a great idea because we do not only have to think of how it is going to look but what benefits it brings to the population of New York. There will be more jobs many people will be able to work. Eventhough it will never be like the World Trade Center it is a great idea.
Karen - Thursday, February 7th, 2008 @ 12:37pm
We visited your beautiful city in July 06 and September 07, we are hoping to go back when the Freedom Tower has been built. This is an exciting time and also a time of remberance to all those who lost their live. You have a fantastic country and a great nation. God Bless you all!And we hope to get back soon
Pam Hassan - Thursday, February 7th, 2008 @ 10:28am
This is a great idea. I think that this will show every1 that we are strong. That a disater may happen, but we have the strenght to move on. I also think that they should build two towers just to show every1 that we are not scared. They should make the tower one of the biggest towers in the world, just to show every1 that ny has no limit. They should make it stand real tall, and make dubai look small.With this tower standing so tall freedom, respect and liberty will alwasy prevail... and always keep in mind NYC will always be the Capital of the World.......!!!!!!!!
James NYC - Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 @ 5:43pm
i think that this structure will be a true memorial to all of the 9/11 victims. i also think that since so many people were affected on 9/11, a lot of people will visit this memorial.
Himanshu Shamsukha - Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 @ 5:19pm
I think its a pretty awesome design! But, it would have been nice to seen a new set of twin towers constructed of this same design. God Bless the families who lost there loved ones there.
D Crepps - Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 @ 2:55pm
It is a really wonderful building, the design is futuristic. Congratulations to the architect.
CoCo - Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 @ 11:12am
I also agree with alot of the coments in this web site that we must and will rebuilded the towers, and it must be the tallest building in the world. I also think that the lights on the top shooting to the heavens is the best idea that someone came up with. My feelings are that everyone that past away will be watching over it and this cannot happen again. God bless it and it will be a safe place to visit and work at.
George - Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 @ 6:13pm
Ok I know this sounds bad, but I know most of the hi-jackers were from Saudi Arabia, So If I had my way I would build back the Twin Towers with all the gold from the nations of Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and any other country that had anything to do with that terrible day or had something bad to say about it. In GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I SAID!!!
Never ForGet - Monday, January 28th, 2008 @ 7:24pm
This is a very beautiful building, I just think that it would be a lot better if it as taller to symbolize the renewed strength of the American people.
Yoshinori - Sunday, January 27th, 2008 @ 2:07pm
new york should have rebuilt the twin towers the way they were, the buildings that were destroyed, not some silly tower thats only 86 floors and has a huge bomb bunker base and thats suppose to be freedom and showing the terroists, it shows new york is still in fear also leaving a big void of the twin towers footprints empty isnt good either, and the tower isnt good on the skyline either, without the twin towers new york will always have a scar.
sam - Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 @ 12:10pm
wow too beautiful and the new name have a great signification...God bless the new tower...
Isabelle - Monday, January 21st, 2008 @ 1:32pm
i do like the new design but would prefer to see the old towers rebuilt like donald trump envisioned. the new towers second design is much nicer than the first though, its lack of symmetry was disturbing. the simplistic design of freedom tower will make it architectually beautiful. no need to make it higher than 1776 feet. great design, but rebuilt twin towers to 1776 feet would have been a bigger spit in the face of the terrorists...
trevor - Sunday, January 20th, 2008 @ 7:52pm
The freedom tower shows no creativity. New York needs something that truly represents its leadership. Something more out of the box. This building will be lost in the list of all the other big towers of the world. Unless we can building something uniquie, something no one dare imagine, then we can stand out of the crowd.
DESIGN - Sunday, January 20th, 2008 @ 5:24pm
The Freedom Tower, and the new strutures around it are beautiful.This tower will remind us of those who died that day. Sept 2001
Ericson - Thursday, January 17th, 2008 @ 2:44pm
Well wat can i say?? the world trade cneter was very precious to all of us in the united states but it is really sad thatisis gone. but we still have many people who belive that we can still work hard and never give up. and because of that he freedom tower could be one of the seven wondors of the wrold
student - Thursday, January 17th, 2008 @ 1:15pm
wow want can i say the freedom tower is going to a beuitful sight but it can never replace the twin towers
student - Thursday, January 17th, 2008 @ 1:08pm
really nice building. could be very special to america. nyc is my 2d favourite city in the world well done!
Jake - Thursday, January 17th, 2008 @ 5:44am
I was only 7 when the towers went down but i was able to understand the meaning of it. I agree with everyone else on how it should be bigger to symbolize our freedom, however i think it will be a beautiful building. When i get older i plan to become an architect. If i become a very successful one i will try and construct another one in the city dedicated to 9/11, except try and make it bigger to show that terrorists cannot destroy our freedom.
bobby - Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 @ 5:46pm
Very beautiful building but the construction go on very slowly.But I think when the construction are finished it will be the most fantastic complexe
Dennis - Friday, January 4th, 2008 @ 4:46pm
As I watched those towers fall, during all of the crying, and during all of the devestation, i relized that those towers symbolized our freedom. They symbolized that even though we may not be the most liked country, we are a free one, and no one can take that away. But they were torn down, crashed to peices, and now all that stands is the rubble. We need to pick our selves up as a country and build this building as tall and as strong as we can. And we need to do it as a country, as a nation, as a family. GOD BLESS.
Adamjay - Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 @ 12:51pm
the freedom tower needs to be the tallest building in the world the twin towers are gone and in there place should be something bigger to show the world that America doesnt play and to take back the title
mickey - Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 @ 2:07am
I was actually on the roof of wtc a couple of months previous of the attacks.I think its a very good idea to build the skyscraper and it looks very nice too.It is important that the U.S shows the terrorist,what you will tear down ,we will build up again.Bless all peace full people in the world ,and a peacefull 2008
Alexander - Monday, December 31st, 2007 @ 8:00pm
The Freedom Tower, and the new strutures around it are beautiful. I love the beaming light at the top. But, I waish the designers made the tower taller. We need the whole world to know that we are not afraid of terrorists knocking down our structures. The freedom tower should be THE tallest, most elegant tower in the world.
Kenneth Brown - Saturday, December 29th, 2007 @ 7:03pm
A beautiful , future building , for a beautiful city !!!
Robert S - Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 @ 3:55am
Beautiful! I wish there could have been 2 towers built. That would have been really awesome, but I love the Freedom Tower just the way it is!!!
Pat - Thursday, November 29th, 2007 @ 4:04pm
What a great concept! The building is Beautiful! I wish we had the same ideals down here after Hurricane Katrina that you guys intend to move foward with.
Sonny McCarty & Max Henderson - Sunday, November 25th, 2007 @ 10:13pm
I think that this building tell Ossama that we will never back down from any fight. That yes you may have hurt us but we move on and fight for what is right. i love the design and may it stand as abeacon to all that USA is trully FREE. LET FREEDOM RING IN ALL OUR HEARTS!!
Sean Anglin - Saturday, November 24th, 2007 @ 7:24pm
I believe the Freedom Tower will be one of the greatest buildings of the 21st century.It will express the American dream in a wonderful way,and it will help to bring back the Financial Area of New York City.God Bless all of the workers helping to make this dream a wonderful reality.
Eric - Friday, November 23rd, 2007 @ 11:43am
I cannot wait until the completion to show the defiance to the terrorist and anyone who messes with the US!!! It is beautiful, and the victims of 911 will be memorized eternally. Like someone else posted, the only way it could be better is if they built two of them!
Josh Jaggers - Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 @ 5:21am
This is great design, but it needs to be taller for sure. We should keep NYC alive,free, and strong as it should be.
mokie - Monday, November 12th, 2007 @ 9:49am
We have been to ground zero twice now; it is always very sad, but it is good to see your great city is defying the terrorists in building this wonderful; although 2 towers would have been great !!
Bill Anderson - Sunday, November 11th, 2007 @ 1:31pm
It is beautiful and I think that building a structure like this after such a horrific tradgedy shows how strong and great a nation we really are. I agree that it would have had an even greater impact on people if there were 2 built.
Danielle - Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 @ 1:20pm
the freedom tower will be amazing,in the greatest city in the world.
billy - Friday, November 2nd, 2007 @ 11:36am
the only improvement would be to make 2 of them. on her than that it really shoews how much america has bounced back snice 9/11
tater - Thursday, November 1st, 2007 @ 1:56pm
In my opinion,i think they should have re built the twin towers but i like the freedom tower.Re-building the twin towers would have really showed the horrible people that had anything to do with 9/11 that they are just going to sit back on what happened.Thank god they are not just leaving nothing there.i have been to ground zero & there is a sad,bad spirit around the place something needs to be built there.Ground zero is really sad & this tower will make New York look fantastic once again.Great tribute to 9/11 victums.
jp - Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 @ 7:44pm
I really admire this building though i really prefer the first design than the present... still, it is a fitting monument and tribute for the victims of 9/11.
Patrick - Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 @ 2:38am
ilove the tower it amazingly shaped and beutiful site to look at just pure fabulasous. brillant!
david - Monday, October 29th, 2007 @ 7:01am
How dare anyone sy that this tower is ugly and should not be built. This tower represents everything that we have gone through these past years. It represents the inoccent souls that were killed and had familys. Also this tower is simply beautifull. It shows the future design of buildings that we shall be making in New York city in the future. This Building is like lady liberty all over again!
Stephen Gair - Saturday, October 27th, 2007 @ 9:17pm
I love this idea its great, i cant wait to see it all finished. Hoping and praying that we always have peace. And that this tower will stand proud.
Karen - Thursday, October 25th, 2007 @ 5:50pm
i love the new design, i am just sad that it will take up the space of a memorial site. I keep praying for everyone who was lost on that day
alex - Monday, October 22nd, 2007 @ 3:32pm
I am studing to become an Architect. I think the Freedom Tower will be great to build to remember all the people the United States lost that morning on 9/11
Anthony Matthews - Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 @ 3:51pm
To all the people complaining that this tower is just "a cheap waste of glass" at the top. That was the old rendering from 2004. Look at the new pictures. There are floors all the way to the top- not just glass. It IS taller. I love the new design.
kelly - Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 @ 3:27pm
I think that the design is nice, but we really need to try harder here. This is an opportunity for the United States to show the world not only that we will rebuild, but that we are still the best and most technologically advanced nation in the world. We have the ability to make a larger and more dominant stucture, the entire worlds eyes are on us, and we are choosing to be conservative. The twin towers stood as the worlds tallest buildings for a long time and the Freedom tower will not hold that crown for long.
Christian - Sunday, October 14th, 2007 @ 8:31am
This luks amazing...i love the name FREEDOM TOWER. The way its designed really pays a homage to the twin towers.
Anchal - Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 @ 5:01pm
I love the freedom tower it is a beautiful monument to the victims of 9/11.
andy bob - Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 @ 12:52pm
It stands for the oneness that we have since the attack...Rock on America..
D. Rouze - Friday, August 24th, 2007 @ 12:25am
This building will serve as a monument of the people. It will symbolize a great nation, great people of different races who worship and believe that GOD will always be with them
clark - Sunday, August 19th, 2007 @ 9:43pm
i was hoping for something different. something not that crowded as the new WTC will be. the Freedom tower looks boring. i cant believe its the best of all submitted ideas. it also feels too early to build something there.
George Baritakis - Thursday, August 16th, 2007 @ 10:50pm
yes i think that the freedom tower symbolizes us proud americans but i disagree with david by him saying that it is not about being the best i agree with all of you who say that we need to make it taller to be the tallest building in the world our american heroes would be proud to see the freedom tower standing to be the tallest structure in the world to be honoring them!!!! WE ARE AMERICANS CANT WE HONOR OUR HEROES AND BE THE BIGGEST AND THE BEST AT THE SAME TIME?
Andre carlo Saenz - Thursday, August 9th, 2007 @ 10:19pm
My opinion is that this building is majestic structure but i fervently agree with the majority of New Yorkers that we should rebuild the twin towers with the reinforced struture. This will bring back the paramount silhouette that lower Manhattan has missed dearly for almost six years.
Adam Cairns - Monday, July 30th, 2007 @ 4:30pm
Congratulations! Finallythere is a replacement of the old one and a modern building that could be used as another land mark of the New York City. Truly I had that wished that someday a tall building could be built that ground zero for me not actually to erase the painful memory but just to lessen the pain, like people will see the beautiful building but then they will say thats the location for the Sept. 11 horror but due to a good look of the building their attention is shifted. Whereas if it remains as a ground zero then totally the memory of the people will remain as it was a nightmare.
efren m. cabutaje - Sunday, July 29th, 2007 @ 5:37am
WOW no other way to show THE AMERICAN FORM OF BONDING, FAITH and HOPE!!!!
Hector - Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 @ 7:48pm
I rate this a 4 because...I thought the US could have done better or build higer; one reason is to show the world how fast and large we can grow from the WTC...and another reason is that Burj Dubai is going to be the tallest building by 875 in comparison to freedom tower. :)
Rickey - Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 @ 1:29pm
I think this is a great idea! I pray for all those people that died on 9/11. Also I would like to Thank the Flight 11 and Flight 175. We Will Always Remember!
Sarah Evans - Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 @ 11:49am
The design is fantastic, but yet the twin towers will always be remembered. The day Sept 11th happened was a very sad day but we all had to hold our heads up as we are not the COWARDS.....
Cliff and Eric - Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 @ 6:19pm
when the twin towers where built alot of people hated them and thought they were big boring eye soars. but people grew to love them. i think the same will happen for the freedom tower. i love the design of all the buildings and think it is the perfect fit to downtown manhattan
chris - Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 @ 1:31pm
Everybody is entitled to an opinion and thankfully most people have some taste. It is a spectacular structure which presents swift power and spiritual elegance, in which will be awed at for the whole century to come.
Vasilios Stratis - Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 @ 9:43am
This design is neither bold nor sleek as the designers claim. It’s just lame. Comparing it to the Empire State or the Chrysler Building because of it’s “tapered” shape is an offense to those really great buildings. I feel saddened to see how America is clearly and willingly surrendering the symbolic leadership that great works of engineering represent to countries like The United Arab Emirates or China.
Jorge - Monday, July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:20pm
I feel that the idea of a hight of 2911 ft. is a good one. Maybe even have the obsevation deck at 1776 ft. The true AMERICAN heroes and the NON-AMERICAN people that have died from terrorist attacts for the last three decades, deserve the biggest and the best to adequately honor them for the sacrifices they have made. MAY GOD BLESS US ALL, JOHN 3:16
Dave - Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 @ 8:37pm
Although I am English, I think the height of the Freedom Tower (1,776ft) is really well thought of. However I still think there should have been 2 towers of some sort.
ryan - Thursday, July 19th, 2007 @ 7:14pm
I love the idea, it looks amazing and even though it would never be able to replace the world trade center, it makes a great simble of all the people that died and the faith and greatness we see in our country.
Ryan - Thursday, July 12th, 2007 @ 2:07pm
I can not wait too see the new towers they will look alsome and i hope this never happens again.
Anthony - Monday, July 2nd, 2007 @ 11:52am
The towers are beautiful but need to be taller.With new material and fire proofing and a wider no fly zone over New York City and more security in the cockpit of larger aircrafts the buildings will be more secure and stable.This tower needs to be taller than the one that was destroyed. New York is about building stronger, better and taller, we do everything in a big way. Hope by the time they build this they will revise it to 120 stories or taller. We take noting lying down and we let nothing scare us. Let’s Hope.
Robby Wezer - Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 @ 12:32am
Anything less than a 5-star rating from anyone for this momorial is nothing less than democratic blasphemy! How dare you say it is "ugly" or "not big enough." It represents ALL Americans and honors the ones that wree directly effected. If you approcched this with the ideals of a critic, then SHAME ON YOU! This is not about being the biggest or the best. It is about honoring true Ameerican heroes!
David - Friday, June 22nd, 2007 @ 6:48am
i do not think that the freedom tower is a good idea because the freedom tower is very ugly and nothing can replace the twin towers ever even if it was the most nicest thing in the world nothing could ever replace the world trade center.the freedom tower is white and that is very ugly to be in the city where everything is gray.
athena popolopolis - Saturday, June 16th, 2007 @ 9:53pm
I agree with u Beth.I was a little dissapointed when i saw that the Freedom Tower was not going to be the tallest building in the world. I think this tower should surpass all skyscrapers with ease. We are Americans for goodness sake! We are strong and just(most of us any way...).I am happy that ground zero will rize up though, to honor the dead and to honor the living. GOD BLESS AMERICA. and GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS. Thank u for protecting America.
Steve - Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 @ 2:38pm
I am very glad that freedom tower is the significant of design and looking much strong but what God wants He Does. it is not pictured interior views as we Architects guess that it is most beautiful from interior. outer view is Good and symbol of Freedom
Arhitect Raheel King - Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 @ 7:34am
If the Freedom Tower is ever going to live up to it’s lofty and romanticized expectations of symbolizing our freedom and proudly announcing our resilient defiance of terrorism to an ever-scrutinizing world in the midst of memorializing victims (deep breath), then this building needs to be special. You cannot merely assign these ideals and virtues to a raw, new building, but they can be evoked and engendered over time with a truly remarkable, bold, vibrant, and fresh design. I’m no architect, but take a good look at this design. Do you find yourself marveling in awe of a majestic pedestal, a centerpiece to one of the world’s most beloved cities, quickly ushering in your friends to see a work of art? Personally, I see something common, standing awkwardly in mediocrity, watered down by years of bickering and delays like an featureless stalagmite: the classless observation deck of Las Vegas, the visible spire supports of yesteryear, the sliced edges of all new skyscrapers. The new Freedom Tower lacks vision; it lacks unprecedented ingenuity and ominous construction “impossibilities”; it lacks the manifestation of architectural genius. The Freedom Tower should symbolize what it is, a fresh, pure and virgin start. Rebuilding the twin towers would be to erect a ghost, haunting the world with whispers of defeat and denial. This is New York City people: one, if not THE birthplace of skyscrapers from which the term "skyline" developed. Places like Dubai and Kuala Lumpur (Petronas Towers) are merely responding to our precedent, yet they have surpassed us profoundly. The Freedom Tower should be the tallest building in the world, it should move us. This building doesn’t move me, and it should. It has a responsibility to the people who lost their lives, as well as every American to be special, and it simply is not.
Beth - Sunday, June 3rd, 2007 @ 9:40am
I saw the towers come down, and for me there can no better fitting tribute to my fellow New Yorkers who lost their lives, and a tribute to the year 1776, which embodies all this great nation stand for, Freedom, Liberty and Justice, all those for which the founding fathers stood for. The Towers will rise again, but the evil that commited the attacks will fall.LONG LIVE AMERICA!
Alex - Monday, May 28th, 2007 @ 2:18pm
all these buildings are mind blowing. realy it is the proud of nation
sanjay patel - Sunday, May 27th, 2007 @ 1:38am
I pray every night for all that we lost that day ,and i like what ever we do, god bless american and to all the loved ones we lost that day .
sandra - Friday, May 25th, 2007 @ 2:09pm
September 11 2001 Was a day for me that ripped the soul right from my heart what we have too realize here is not a building going up in its place. But a place in all living human beings minds too realize that Freedom must never be forsaken and that the love and unity must never be forgotten after that tragic day too me this is what symbolizes Mandkind......True we must never forget the loss we all suffered and i feel the loss of those familys too this day iam 41 now and i can never escape the horror of that day ...... GOD BLESS ALL WHO SUFFERED AND ARE STILL SUFFERING...
Michael Castaldo Jr - Thursday, May 24th, 2007 @ 1:28pm
I think there needs to be a second freedom tower diagonal from the freedom tower they are constructing and call it liberty tower.In order to make room for the second tower the would have elliminate greenwich street from the site because nobody really cares about the street grid returning to ground zero. And you could still have the memorial footprints next to the two freedom towers.I gave the present freedom tower design 4 out 5 because i dont like the way it gets thinner in width towards top.If David Childs made the design of the freedom as wide as it is at the base it would look more rectangular in shape and more the original twin towers in sillouette.
Lewis - Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 @ 2:13pm
I like the tower a lot. Much better than before.
toren - Monday, May 21st, 2007 @ 10:48am
As I watched the twin towers collapse into dust I turned to my 14 year old son and I said to him, "Now everything we know will be changing." And I was right. Things in the world have changed dramatically all because of a horrific scheme boiled up in the mind of an uncaring and homicidal madman. The world is an angrier place the world is a more dangerous place. I hope to one day visit the freedom tower and go to the top of the observation deck and look out onto a landscape of peace and security. We visit New York City and the hollow spot in the sky that once held the mighty towers always fills me with the deepest and most profound sadness. Sadness for the world and the cruelty that can so easily be inflicted on our fellow man.Freedom does ring, though...I can hear it if I listen closely enough.God Bless us all.
Christine - Thursday, May 17th, 2007 @ 3:23pm
My family and I pray for your losses, and are al totally for the new design. xx
Beth - Sunday, May 13th, 2007 @ 10:32am
Visited NY for the second time in January, and did visit ground zero, My self and my husband both said it is such a sad place to visit as you know what the people of NY have gone through, The Freedom Tower is a new symbol, that America and the World will never give in to acts of terrorism
Gabby - Saturday, May 12th, 2007 @ 12:43pm
There is a gaping hole in lower Manhattan which one tower can not fill. The wtc should be built as it was before, with necessary structural enforcements. Anything less is defeat of our spirit. There are three things that must always be in the lower Manhattan skyline to welcome all: the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the World Trade Towers.Build them up again. It is time.
Sheila A Manis - Thursday, May 10th, 2007 @ 12:04am
The more I read about and see plans for the Chicago Spire, the tower in Las vegas and the construction of Burj Dubai, the less I like the Freedom Tower. What a joke! These other buildings put the height and design of the Freedom tower to shame.Because of what happened in New York, the freedom tower should outclass and out do ANY building in the world or USA.If 1776 is SO important, make the Roof 1776 feet tall, NOT the spire!
Lou - Wednesday, May 9th, 2007 @ 11:25am
A marvelous structure that will be a huge testament to the resolve of New York City.
Danny - Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 @ 3:13pm
I would like the twin towers build again because the new generation firstly would see the magnificence and secondly could visit them and feel the emotions I had when I visited, and lastly to demonstrate that the occidental world do not feel frightened.EMILIO
EMILIO - Saturday, May 5th, 2007 @ 8:39am
when the world sees the magnificent beauty of a new tower such as this we will then know that freedom still stands higher than anything on this planet and nothing can stop that. a great building for a great country.
daniel - Saturday, April 28th, 2007 @ 12:04pm
I live in weststreet manhattan just 3 blocks away from former WTC.I strongly agree with many opinions in this web.The freedom tower must be much taller than burj dubai building.If my freedom tower is shorter than any other buildding in the worldI will not happy about this. I look forward to see wonderful the freedom tower in NY.God bless NY and America!!
jay - Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 @ 7:47pm
I don't like this design much like others here. It would be better if they built a second one beside it but I would prefer seeing the Twin Towers built again with added security modifications of course.
Alexander - Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 @ 11:35pm
This is gorgeous, may it shine for peace for everyone, the whole World. I love its luminescence and strangely angular twist.
Liz - Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 @ 3:48pm
Bless USA! We pray for your people!
Sasha - Friday, April 20th, 2007 @ 7:37pm
5 for beautiful , i am from jersey and experienced this and it was horrible and nothing will ever replace the twin towers but our love for this country will make us stronger. We the Americans make this country what it is <3 and no man will ever tear us apart<3 9-11 forever<3 rip.
justine - Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 @ 9:57pm
It looks like a great design. I like that they want it to look like the twin towers.
krystin - Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 @ 8:46am
I think this tower is awesome, but it should have another one to go with it just like the old ones.
Jake - Monday, April 9th, 2007 @ 1:12pm
I think this is going to be the coolest tower ever.
kristen - Sunday, April 8th, 2007 @ 7:41pm
i hope this construction will totatly work. i really think this amazing building might help us recoperate what we once lost.sincerely, nicolle
nicolle - Saturday, April 7th, 2007 @ 1:16pm
The best idea what to do in New York is to REBUILD what we lost. Make it stronger and safer -- but the form should be the same. This is not really about the height of the building, at least not in this place, it is about our pride, our symbol, the soul of New York. The new design is good, but it will never be as good as the old one.
john - Friday, April 6th, 2007 @ 9:56pm
My husband and i visited new york for the first time on 5th March 2007, my thoughts of those who lost their lives on September 11th started as we flew across the ocean, thinking how was it possible for a plane to hit the towers,what must those people have been going through, i was in the same position. on landing i didnt feel the joy i thought i would on being in the USA but an overwhelming feeling of sadness for everyone. Meeting americans and knowing that they were there on that day,they saw the smoke and those who lost loved ones. The drive to the World trade centre, butterflies appeared in my stomach, i would be there in the very spot, i would see the deverstation, how would i cope an emotion rollercoaster all of this even before i was out of the car. GROUND ZERO.. how do you put into words what you see, it was a day in my life i will never ever ever forget, my heart goes out to each and every person whom was affected by the tradgic event. I was very pleased to see the plans for the FREEDOM Tower it brightened up our day and boy something needed to, we have pledged a sum of money to pay for a stone to be laid in memory of those who fell and those who carried on. We WILL return to see the stone and the magnificiant tower. GOD BLESS AMERICA,
Andrea Constable - Thursday, April 5th, 2007 @ 6:07am
A beautiful structure but i do feel that two should be built side ny side so we have the new twin towers in place.nevertheless it is gonna be a remarkable testamony when completed.notice btw how nobody from the islamic world has posted anything.all very quiet from them we see,what a suprise.
adrian - Sunday, April 1st, 2007 @ 4:08pm
This Freedom Tower seems great but It should be bigger and badder than the twins.
Kevin Trosper - Saturday, March 31st, 2007 @ 8:00pm
I am very proud of my country,i support the United States army.This will be a great symbol for that day.....9/11. This tower will remind us of those who died that day. I LOVE AMERICA!!!
Steve - Thursday, March 29th, 2007 @ 7:31pm
I like the previous design more than this, more original. I wonder if they considered not building it and just building a garden. After all I think one of the problems with violence is that it stimulates action and response but sometimes it is not necessary to say anything. Just be. Just cry. And admit it hurt and admit that we are all distructable and not try to prove anything else.
richard - Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 @ 2:50pm
I really think this is great because it sybolizes are freedom. we are free and i am proud. so lets show it off. i am doing a project on the freedom tower and i think it is more safe and more advanced than the twin towers. dont get me wrong i will miss the WTC. im from Ohio and i know everybody over here will never forget
Scotty B. - Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 @ 7:55am
What a fitting name and design for such a spectacular monument as a testimony of strength and unity in the face of the evil of terrorism. In the Bible, Jesus said "Fear not for I have overcome the world". God Bless America
Alan Christie - Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 @ 9:22am
I love the symbolic height of the new tower and its stately and elegant design. I felt the original plan was too "artsy". New York City needs the new tower to be strong and to make an impact like the original twins. This city, to me, is the capital of the world and the Freedom Tower will soon be the financial capital of the world just like the World Trade Center once was. I would like to extend my appreciation to all of the people from around the world who have taken the time to respond. I have enjoyed reading your thoughtful responses and wish you all the best. God bless America and the world
John - Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 @ 12:57am
I think the original Libeskind design, with torque in the bulding shaft and a spire offset to one side, reminiscent of the arm of the Statue of Liberty, was far more interesting and imaginative. A spire atop a vertical box, as was the case with the north tower of the twin towers, always looks like an afterthought, a toothpick on a cube of cheese. Also, the building obviously seeks grandiose height while it seems fearful of using the higher floors for human occupancy. Those "mechanicals" will have the best view. All in all, an obvious compromise on many counts. The iconic stature and origianality of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building remain unchallenged, even now more than 75 years after they were designed.
Albert J. Pucciarelli - Saturday, March 17th, 2007 @ 11:00pm
yes, its important that this be the biggest most striking tower on the NY skyline.I have visited Ground Zero three times now, and it always brings tears to my eyes.
Dave - Saturday, March 17th, 2007 @ 11:25am
I think It is a great idea it shows America and how we stand strong. This will be the best thing to do for America right now.
Dude - Thursday, March 15th, 2007 @ 3:50pm
the freedom tower is so cool. i like the way it looks.but there should be at least 2 towers to restore the beautiful skyline
Andy - Saturday, March 10th, 2007 @ 6:31pm
I think that it realy good that america is rebuilding where the world trade centre was and the freedon tower looks realy good.
phillip wright - Saturday, March 10th, 2007 @ 12:07pm
after reading these comments, i am ashamed of all the american citizens. you guys are letting the world know that you are angry at the people who want to build something to those people who died. you guys say that you want the towers built again. that is just like saying "hey terrorists, try this model." the tower should be built as a memorial, not a decaration on the skyline. i say let the tower be built!
Josh - Friday, March 9th, 2007 @ 8:01pm
I dont think any building can take the place of the twin towers but if anything is remotly close it is this
Zach - Thursday, March 8th, 2007 @ 6:38pm
An awesome sight i hope to see first hand some day. Just looking at it sends my heart a fluttering. So exciting.
lesley berry - Monday, March 5th, 2007 @ 4:28pm
i think it is meaningful and impressive. The glass prisms will reflect the heartbreaking memories and constantly remind us to stay strong always.
cheng - Monday, March 5th, 2007 @ 9:15am
Freedom tower looks great, but twins are still in our hearts. we remember all the heroes who gave their lives for others.
Marin - Sunday, March 4th, 2007 @ 5:57pm
i will always remember the WTC i lived in ny for half my life and now that i look back i remember even more. the new tower looks great but nothing will ever be the same as the old ones
Alex Maricic - Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 8:05pm
The twin towers were amazing even peoples in mi country loved it
Andrea diovani - Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 8:03pm
I think this design is an insult to America and could have been much bigger. It will look like a Garden shed when compared with Burj Dubai when they are both finished.
Brian - Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 7:32pm
I like this tower. Will be the new symbol of NY, and not lost the WTC the our minds.
Jordi - Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 @ 7:24pm
i think its a great way to move forward they will never beat us down good luck and god speed to the U.S.A
stephen lewis - Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 @ 4:45pm
I think the Freedom Tower is beauiful and striking, especially the spiralling shape that makes it look different from all angles. I hope it can be built as soon as possible and that some praise, instead of moaning, be given to the people who have worked hard on this. It is a graceful tribute to the victims and should go a little towards helping to heal New York.
Liz - Saturday, February 24th, 2007 @ 6:23pm
I was watching the movie last night, it was so sad to see the building came down like it had been bomb. I hope this bulding is more secure from top to bottom, the building look great by the way.
Denese - Friday, February 23rd, 2007 @ 3:41pm
I think that what happened on September 11th was one of the worst things ever that I can remember. I am seventeen but think that the freedom tower is a good project to represent those lives that were brutally taken. I also think that their should be 2 of them. America is strong and proud and has shown that it can beat terrorism.. but whats to say it wont happen again? God bless America
lisa - Friday, February 23rd, 2007 @ 7:53am
Thank you for all! New York is the great! I like the new design of the tower
annika - Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 @ 2:55pm
I think the tower is great it shows that were not afraid and that we are brave and united.
Eric - Sunday, February 18th, 2007 @ 3:43pm
I do believe that building the Freedom Tower we will show the strength that America has. When the World Trade Towers fell on that fatful day of September 11, 2001 it showed that America was strong because we all came together and prayed, helped the insent traped, and confert the ones around us. I think that them building the Freedom tower that it will show that we fellow Americans will never give up in a time of need.
someone - Sunday, February 18th, 2007 @ 8:12am
i think its great they are making a new tower ,this tower will raise again to show the glory of united states
Bryannt - Thursday, February 15th, 2007 @ 4:56pm
i watched in horror as the events of september the 11th Unfolded on my Tv i think the new tower is a fitting Memorial to the people who lost there lives that day it stands tall and proud like America.LONG LIVE AMERICA
reggie - Thursday, February 15th, 2007 @ 2:54pm
The original towers were an eyesore when built, and sentiment aside, were never truly embraced by the people of New York as a symbol of their great city. The original "Freedom Tower" designed by Liebeskind was a graceful and beautiful tribute to the thousands that died. The new SOM version is a monolithic nightmare, boring and ugly with an 18 story concrete base. No building is safe from terrorism, but this one could have been 1776 feet of concrete block and been more attractive!
Glenn - Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 @ 10:46pm
As a native new yorker living abroad, I can´t help feeling emotional and proud looking at the future Freedom Tower!N.Y.is the best,and we will truly NEVER FORGET!
Nina - Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 @ 11:31am
I pefer the twin towers 2. its beatiful but NY needs the twin towers.God bless america!
David Estrada - Sunday, February 11th, 2007 @ 10:28am
The name "Freedom Towers" really represents what happened to us on Sept. 11th. It shows great love and respect for all thoses that we have lost during that tragic day.
Bandna - Sunday, February 11th, 2007 @ 10:07am
Magnificent! petronas and the 101 has no match for this freedom structure. Made in the USA
Lorenzo - Saturday, February 10th, 2007 @ 5:59am
I LOVE the new Freedom Tower but, there needs to be TWO towers to fully commemorate the orginals. The lives lost can only turely be commemorated when we truely value all Human life as being intrinsically valuable as given by the One who created all life and gave His Son to redeem it
Cleve - Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 @ 5:43pm
Anything less than twin towers at least as tall and massive as the originals, is a surrender to the enemies of America
Mel Wolinsky - Monday, February 5th, 2007 @ 6:07pm
I think that that new tower looks amazing. But I think that there should be two of them again but this time Stronger to show the Terrorists that they have not won. God bless all who perished on Tuesday September 11th 2001 we will never forget.
Kyle James - Saturday, January 27th, 2007 @ 4:19am
I would have wanted to see a structure similar to the towers only taller & of course more modernized & terror proof & then have a seperate structure to honor those who perished that tragic day
Curt Marano - Friday, January 26th, 2007 @ 6:14pm
I love it. If it looks anything like what it does on the virtual reality pictures, the NYC skyline will be stunning once again. I only question the practicality of it. The land that the tower will be situated on is worth billions of dollas in and of itself. The purpose of he building will have to generate a ton of revenue.
Matt - Thursday, January 25th, 2007 @ 4:27pm
The real problem of the american people is that always want to be higher than the rest of the world. Thats a mistake. Time will tell us the truth. We, all, arround the world, are at the same level, we must be equal, its the only way.
Fred - Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 @ 9:17am
The day the World Trade Center went down i was in sixth grade,in my 3rd period class in Benito Middle School in Tampa,Fl.At First i didnt know much about it but as the days went out i started collecting every newspapper about 911 and i have them all saved in scrap book inside a laminated case all cut out for my kids in the future to see what happened back in the past.I was sad i cried when i was reading the newspapper cutting them out it hurt so much to look at the list of people that died.I was scared because my father lived in Brookkly and i though he was gonna die or something but he was safe.I was so happy to hear from him and to know that he was safe and sound!To all the people that died"I Pray For All Of Yall Each And Everyday,Now Your Living A Much Better Live WIth God!,You Left Your LOved ONes Behind But They Will Never Forget You None Of Yall"This Also Goes To The Ones That Crashed In The Pennsylvania Field!For Your Courage Trying To Stop The Terrorist!That Will Never Be Forgotten".I PRAY FOR YALL EACH AND EVERYDAY AND I KNOW UR LIVING A BETTER LIFE WITH GOD!WE MISS YOU ALL!AND WE PRAY EVERYDAY!Now the Freedom Tower Is Being built to honor all those NYPD dat dies and firegithers and all those passengers on Fligh 11.and Flight 175!Sinceraly Kenneth William Cruz-Welsey Chapel Florida.
Kenneth William Cruz - Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 @ 3:22pm
I Think That this is such a great symbol of the american freedom i Love wat it looks like
colton hagarman - Monday, January 22nd, 2007 @ 11:36am
The design is amazing. If we dont bild this tower the terrorist will think we are Afraid. Them more people will join them. This structure is not only a sign of pure strength and memory, But it is a strong defense that shows our pride. God bless America.
John - Sunday, January 14th, 2007 @ 11:38pm
It is a beautiful structure but i think we should make it taller to really show that we are true Americans and never give up even when we fall down we have to show that we get right back up with more strenght.Even though I am just 11 I think we can do much better than that but as I mentioned it is a beautiful structure.
Steven - Friday, January 12th, 2007 @ 7:00pm
I realize experts had a hand at deciding what the new structure will be like; however, I would have constructed four towers to replace the two and would have left the top half of the towers vacant and decorative in nature, showing to the world our defiance to the enemies of freedom.
CARLOS PHILLIPS - Thursday, January 11th, 2007 @ 12:13pm
this tower will be forever in the hearts and minds of the familes and heroes of 9/11 it will reflect the courage, strength and love of those who died and died trying to save others. The heroes of New York, Washinton and the heroes of United 93 will also be remenbered as freedom tower will rise high into the sky over looking New York watching over us, i will look forward to seeing the tower built and will be there to see it open soon in years to come, Lets Roll.. dont let us forget, let us honour those who have gone before us on such a day that will live on not as a day of terror but a day of ordinary people extraordinary courage as they say a hero can save us.
Tim Jarvis - Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 @ 6:32pm
Beatiful desgin, a show of defiance to the islamic scum who are jealous of the west, but welcomed by our moslem friends
M TANNER - Monday, January 8th, 2007 @ 3:55pm
Just back from my first trip to New York and visted ground zero. It would be good to see something built to replace the twin towers and something that stands proud above the already impressive sky line of the big apple. My personal taste is that the chrysler building at this point is far superior to the empire state building, so it will be interesting to see the new structure once built. Another reason to return to NYC
DAVID - Monday, January 8th, 2007 @ 6:07am
The tower is brilliant,i really like the name hope it would rily have freedom on it. Whatever its character what matter is it is built for the memories of those who die that day,it was so awful but now with this building american people just proved that in any circumstances being strong and united should prevail. May we all have freedom, may our hearts be healed,war must end i dont think its the best way, by showing them this brilliant building those craps are already been defeated.They took away a marvel,now a better marvel is about to knock them down Godbless us all.
Richell - Sunday, January 7th, 2007 @ 7:41am
It is a great tribute to the people who have lost their lives in WTC before.Though i am an Indian i am feeling great for the people who thought of rebuilding it again.
Devika Nagarkar - Saturday, January 6th, 2007 @ 2:08pm
It is a great tribute to the people who have lost their lives in wtc. Though i am an Indian i am feeling great that the people have co-operated so much in building it again.
Devika Nagarkar - Saturday, January 6th, 2007 @ 1:53pm
To memory of my American brothers. You have saved we Iraqi people with your kindness and tender hearts. Be this the symbol to remember your mothers and fathers and the children of our world.
Yusef - Friday, January 5th, 2007 @ 10:54am
we must be kidding ourselfs with this . we need a better tower than this. from the conments I,ve read here most of the people here think the tower should be taller. I agree. it,s to plain I,ve seen better looking buildings in midtown.we need to prove we can come back stronger bigger and better we owe that to all who lost there lifes it would be fitting for them. that tower is not right...we have shown that we are weak and that,s why people do what they do... look at the burj dubai tower we should be taller than that and it looks better freedom tower are you kidding there all laughing at us... new york new york so bad it had to be named twice it,s only fitting that we have the biggest the badest the tallest tower in the world... bring the worlds tallest building back to new york to side with the mighty empire state building..... after all new york is the EMPIRE STATE....meaning the best
Frankie - Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 @ 2:33pm
I think this building reflects the strengh of America and honors all of those people who give their to save other lives.
Samuel - Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 @ 5:30pm
The new building looks beautiful however I would of liked for it to of been twin towers identical to each other and taller than the twin towers, as that would leave a strong statement for the terrorists showing America stands strong and tall. Jim Katon
Jim Katon - Sunday, December 31st, 2006 @ 11:27pm
i think that the new building is beautiful. those people who caused so much pain to all of us may have brought us down but we are still keeping our heads up high. Its the greatest thing to do. especially after what happened. i love what they did to show those people that we still have our pride in our twin towers.
Melissa Garcia - Sunday, December 31st, 2006 @ 5:27pm
I am glad that they are not building over the original "foot prints" of the WTC. At least the families will have someplace to go to mourn especially those who never found remains of their loved ones. I to think it would be painfull to have 2 towers, and I think that the new design is very nice.
Dawn - Saturday, December 30th, 2006 @ 5:38pm
To the memory of those we last.As well as those we gained.This monument is made for us to remember.WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR.OR THE THINGS WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO HAVE SUCH A HOME.Time marches on ,SO WILL OUR SOLDERS
William J Black - Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 @ 9:06pm
Je aime beaucoup, mais ont oubliera jamais les deux tours.
John Viney - Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 @ 6:11pm
The old twin towers were nice my mom has been there but when I saw the movie I was sorry for the people who died on 9/11 and I am happy for the new World Trade Center
Amador - Monday, December 25th, 2006 @ 2:20pm
A beautiful and unique structure. The whole project not only honors those who died but also glorifies the strength and will of those of us who are free and refuse to accept terror.
Larry Dessailly - Sunday, December 24th, 2006 @ 9:25pm
The new Freedom Tower does represent itself very well; it does symbolize unity (by design), as one nation under God. Oppose to the previous designed. I love this country.
Joel M Garcia - Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 @ 11:34am
This freedom tower kinda says "freedom" instead of shouting it out in one powerful breath. I think it should be taller and it should have spire that includes a system that allows the spire to almost boundlessly increase its height whenever necessary to maintain "the tallest building in the world" status....or not.
Marco - Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 @ 10:19am
I think the design is excellent and will bear testimony to the fact that the free world will stand together side by side against tyrany.
STEVE - Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 @ 10:04am
It is a really wonderful building, I was magic with the projection of as it will be. Congratulations to the architect, and I wait that the construction of this wonderful workmanship of engineering, occurs without problems and that it is plus this legacy for the future generations.
Renato - Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 @ 9:08am
IT finally rises again...my opinion, its like the phoenix bird!!!
IVAN - Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 @ 7:43am
i preferred the old design ideas - they had so much more class and echoed the statue of liberty beautifully! the new design just looks like any other american monstrosity and has none of the new york or 9/11 spirit!
keith - Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 @ 5:06am
The tower is beautiful. The design is elegant. I agreed with statements that is should be taller or the next tallest building in the world in order to make a true statement of rememberance and renew.
Dennis - Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 @ 11:57pm
Continue those angles to the sky. Bury the communications into the building itself, the spire looks stupid.
Kent E - Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 @ 9:45pm
I grew up in ny and loved the old twin towers. I wish they would have been rebuilt abit taller than before. That being said, the FREEDOM TOWER is beautiful and probably the next best thing. Please GOV.Spitzer, do not kill this building. Americans have waited far too long for the pit at ground zero to blossom. The skyline has been empty far to long. It makes me sick to think how long it actually been. The building has begun. Dont let partisan politics get in the way of erecting this majestic structure. The world is watching!
Adam Sender - Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 @ 9:40pm
Being from California, i can only imagine what New Yorkers must feel over the tragedy of 9/11 and my heart goes to all of them. I think it is a travesty that the WTC is not reconstucted with the same design to represent to the world that we will never give up, or be held in fear. America owes the ones we lost that day, and ourselves. what are we fighting for then, who has really one this fight. Shame on us "think about it"
Russ Mullenix - Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 @ 3:56pm
I think we should build one twice as tall. In your face is my attitude. We say we will never forget, but, our resolve toward the war on terror indicates we are forgetting, our forfathers are rolling over in there graves to see that we would not stand up for freedom...world-wide!
William C. Linn - Friday, December 15th, 2006 @ 1:32pm
What a beautiful Tribute! Even though it is not quite as high as the original towers, when I see this pure white, gleaming structure, I am reminded, yes of a tragic day. One as an East Coaster I will never forget!! But the pure, simple beauty of this structure reminds me of the great amount of goodness in all the people who where there to help each other, regular folks, the Wonderful Mayor Rudy, the fantastic NYPD & FDNY! You guys are the BEST!! May this beautiful building give comfort to those who lost loved ones, and give tribute to those who served so bravely! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
Cheryl Deckner - Thursday, December 14th, 2006 @ 11:57am
I feel the design works well as both a symbol of defiance against terrorism, and of remembrance to all those involved throughout 9/11. I was fortunate enough to visit New York earlier this year, and found paying my respects at ground zero a much more moving experience than I had previously thought. I look forward on returning to see the completed freedom tower.
Tony - Wednesday, December 13th, 2006 @ 7:32am
Freedom Tower is beautiful, its silvery lightness gives it an ethereal presence, appropriate to what it stands for, all those lost lives and those unforgettable Towers. Please build it soon and let it shine as a bridge of peace between peoples, of the whole world. This is New York at its best, my favouite city in the world.
Anon - Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 @ 6:11pm
I agree with half of these comments. I think we should come back and build something bigger, better, stronger. Building something like this seems to show we are scared, but we are not.
Chris - Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 @ 2:23pm
All you non-americans just dont understand what it was like I miss the twins towers but we get somthing to remember them
Melanie - Friday, December 8th, 2006 @ 8:19pm
Congratulations! I like this design!It´s a great work!Now it´s the time to start!
juan - Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 @ 6:24pm
Down Town Manhattan should commemorate the Twin Towers by building up the same missing shape (obviously much more sophisticated structure) in order to make clear that the language of the international terror is absolutely inconceivable. Any comparison of architectural values is irrelevant.
Amnon Rapaport-architect - Saturday, December 2nd, 2006 @ 8:05am
It is going to be sweet with the new Freedom Tower.
Jon Vierra - Friday, December 1st, 2006 @ 10:29am
I see it as a monument of new American future-hopefully as shinings as the building is.It looks great but I wish not to ever see this building colaps because of any reason...God bless<><
Damian - Tuesday, November 28th, 2006 @ 4:41pm
The building is beautiful. But, there should be two, like there was before. They should be as high or higher than WTC1 and WTC2.
Joe Jackson - Sunday, November 26th, 2006 @ 7:14pm
The Freedom Tower will be a symbol for all America & the World who Stand Tall in the face of Death, Destruction, Terrorism.America needs to move forward In the Name of Freedom & Democracy,, in the Free Civilized World.
Anthony J. Guarnieri - Saturday, November 25th, 2006 @ 9:44am
I feel that the Freedom tower is a pretty wonderful design but it lacks a few things. Like many other i think that the tower in Dubai is a little bit better. The tower should more grander . I think that the victims family deserve something a little better and defiantly more classy
Sean Kloberg - Friday, November 24th, 2006 @ 9:55pm
I think that it is such a good ider to rebuild the world trade centre because it shows that New York is a strong city, althought the freedom tower would never replace the world trade centre, the freedom tower is still a great tower and lets all hope that nothink bad happends to the freedom tower.
Mark Livermore - Monday, November 20th, 2006 @ 7:54am
The Freedom Tower looks good, however the draw back (the weak thing) is that The Freedom Tower will be much shorter than The Twin Towers. What ashamed .. too bad ..
Brendan - Monday, November 20th, 2006 @ 6:12am
I would never wish to work in the new towers! Erecting them is an invitation to terrorists for another attack.Christine
Christine - Monday, November 20th, 2006 @ 3:28am
The Freedom Tower is the best skyscraper i have ever seen the twin towers were plain, boreing and bulky. If the twin towers were rebuilt new york would live in fear of another attack. I would give anything to have the Freedom Tower built in London its just amazing.
Scott - Sunday, November 19th, 2006 @ 2:13pm
"Lets get Rolling" It is time to move forward. We will never forget those who died.. Let us, as a nation of free people, with free will, and creative free thinking, design and build the most fitting building ever to be built in Manhattan, or the world.."NO" it cannot replace the WTC, but, it can restore to us the people of New York, and the rest of this "Great Nation" hope for a new Tomorrow... "GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY"
Joe - Saturday, November 18th, 2006 @ 8:17pm
The new designs are beautiful but i reckon the world trade centres should have been rebuilt to show that we have no fear of the terroists. I hope the new buildings show the respect towards the people who died on 9/11
pedro - Saturday, November 18th, 2006 @ 3:00pm
Like I said before, (a year ago) it is a much better improvement in design compared to libeskind nigthmare, the horrendous birdcage or the eternally tower under construction design ,"thank God,whew!" at the least the building design adapts well with the classic lower Manhattan skyline(the other three schedule towers are another $20 bucks, in skyscraper design),there unique but in my opinion they are just struggling to work together (like displaying laundry detergent ,family pictures and a whole raw chicken in a supermarket meatcase).I just hope they start construction asap it will be great two identical towers also I strongly believe the tower or "Twin towers" should have a hieght of one foot per victim that perished that dreadful day,which is 2973(No hijackers were added)making the building as the tallest free standing structure in the world (bye bye dubai)at 2973 feet tall, Freedom and Liberty prevails!!New York City is and will remain Capital Of the World!
Wilbert NYC - Saturday, November 18th, 2006 @ 6:17am
I think that design is very tasteful, and will fill Americans with pride. Nothing can replace the twin towers or the many people lost on 9/11, but this plan seems to represent healing but never forgetting.
Ashley Copley - Friday, November 17th, 2006 @ 7:09pm
They knock down your buildings then build ones over there twice as tall just stating the facts. My suggestion build it 1776 feet to the top floor (the memorial floor) then have a 1776 foot hollow spire which would act as he cathedral ceiling for the memorial floor now that would be something you still have your 1776 but twice 3552 ft worlds tallest plus top half is empty so its doable (no elevators or floors in the top half ) imagine the site of a 1776 ft cathedral ceiling and u could fill that spire with american history like a canvas anyone listening to me its not to late
VINCE - Friday, November 17th, 2006 @ 4:47pm
Excellent futuristic design, love it. Good that its build next to old twin towers not on top of it. The building will beat the Taipi (curently tollest) by 33 meaters! I would go to New York just to see this building
MGX - Monday, November 13th, 2006 @ 12:21pm
I second that the building going up in Burj Dudai is a much better design; both in sight and pride!!!
Bob - Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 @ 5:54pm
This stucture needs to make 2 statements. Honoring the people who died that day and the strenght of the USA.The building going up in Burj Dubai puts this Freedom tower to shame and is being designed by american architects. The real Freedom tower should at least rival the Burj Dubai in height and design.
L.Rauso - Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 @ 3:39pm
feel that the Towers should be memorialized by the tallest two buildings in the world side-by-side. I am sure money would not be an option. I am somewhat dissapointed in the decision to replace the Twin Towers with a smaller building. However, it is not about the building it is about the people who passed away and perserving their memory. God Bless America.
oneika - Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 @ 9:23am
I think the freedom Tower is an excellent idea because nothing will ever replace the twin towers but this tower is so magificantly beautiful that when people look upon it they will get a sense of pride for their country
Jenny - Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 @ 8:06am
Deserves 10 stars as the W.T.C. is so strongly embedded in our mind it will never disappear.
Michel Cadoret - Monday, October 30th, 2006 @ 8:20pm
It is beautiful and it is time. Nothing will heal the deep wounds of New York and her people, and it seems now to be an open grave rather than a memorial. Memorials are for the living and those lost.
Emma Gold - Saturday, October 28th, 2006 @ 7:16pm
Although it is a nice looking structure, the twin design was so dominant, and beautiful part of New York. I would have liked to have seen more of the original in the design.
Grant Cena - Thursday, October 26th, 2006 @ 5:53am
I feel that the Towers should be memorialized by the tallest two buildings in the world side-by-side. I am sure money would not be an option. I am somewhat dissapointed in the decision to replace the Twin Towers with a smaller building. However, it is not about the building it is about the people who passed away and perserving their memory. God Bless America.
Steven Vaughn - Monday, October 23rd, 2006 @ 3:00pm
i think the new tower design is a teriphic piece of architectre. its important to move forward into the future and the glass represents that for glass is fast becoming a major feature on modern building. building a NEW building is important, you have to show that when the USA looses a limb it just grows back stronger. i like the idea that the twin towers are still represnted in freedom tower and i think the shape of the tower makes it very unique i think the tower is the perfect heigh represting the year of independence for america the birth of a free country which shows that america will never be a slave to the threat of terrorism!
sy - Sunday, October 22nd, 2006 @ 7:42am
This is a really good design, however it really should be one of the tallest in the world, and not cheat with a spire. Add at least 200 more feet in height(not counting the spire) and it would be about right. We need to show the world we are not afraid and will never limit the height of our buildings. This is an extremely important statement that should be made by this tower, but sadly is not in its current form.
Jay Paquette - Friday, October 20th, 2006 @ 8:47pm
average design, i like the twist and the top, lets get it built, the world trade center was very ugly architecture, lets get over it and build
tomas - Thursday, October 19th, 2006 @ 3:55pm
since the disaster, i also have become fascinated with these buildings and regret i never got to new york to see them. it would be amazing to have them built again but also to regain the tallest buildings in the world. the new tower is nice but i dont think its quite what the people are looking for.
James Daly - Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 @ 8:46pm
I believe with the memories of the disaster as recent as they are, the Freedom tower just isnt good enough. This building could be built anywhere in the world. How about something that will give the American people back what they once had, a symbolic, record breaking feat of engineering. As good as the design looks, to me the Petronas towers in Malaysia would still be the building to look upon. This shouldnt be the case.
craig kelly - Thursday, October 12th, 2006 @ 2:11pm
Fantastic design.Twisted building like a spiral stair case to the sky of the most amasing city in the world. NY deserve a building of such elegance.
Stephane Bailhe - Sunday, October 8th, 2006 @ 6:17pm
The new freedom tower is elegant and sleek. Nothing, NOTHING, will replace the world trade centre. But this is the nearest anyone will get.
Joshua - Thursday, October 5th, 2006 @ 3:16pm
The Freedom Tower is symbolic of American liberty and independence.
Bobby Heffley - Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 @ 1:30pm
I like this design alot, i think it shows that we are building something too show that they cant defeat us, and too show our respect for the victims who left us that day, we arent getting rid of where the twin towers were, but building one taller building too represent freedom, and 2 foutains too always remember the beauitful buildings that used too stand there and will always be remembered, they represented New York along with The Empire State building and The Statue Of Liberty, I miss my friends who died in the attack and I could only imagine how much everyone who lost family memebers then feel. I think this is a great design and support and congratulate the designers of this magical building. It will bring hope back into the lives of everyone and show how strong we are when we stand together.
Kerri - Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 @ 11:42am
The structures should be:1) the tallest in the world; and2) named the "Phoenix Towers", for the phoenix, the mythical bird which rises out of the ashes
Jim Schwartz - Friday, September 29th, 2006 @ 3:53pm
i like the new design, but nothing can replace the Trade centers. they were a symbol to this nation. The freedom tower is meant to be a symbol of freedom, a symbol of resistence, a symbol that in the face of a new type of war, that we will not give in, we will continue to build tall and high, but nothing will replace the WTCs. The Freedom Tower has a great and futuristic design, and i applaud the designers, but why cant we try and be the first to 2000 feet.
josh - Thursday, September 28th, 2006 @ 2:06pm
It has the looks, but I think, in respect for the victims of 9/11, the building(s) must be higher, taller and bigger !!!God bless America and the civilized world !!!!
Raphaël - Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 @ 7:42am
I really like the Freedom Tower, it stands beautiful in the NYC streets. Only one thing: Nothing can replace the Twin Towers.
Daniël - Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 @ 11:09am
The new Freedom Tower design is alright, I guess , for a city like Atlanta (my hometown), Houston or even L.A... but NOT for the 9/11 site in New York. I am like so many others who would prefer rebuilding the Twin Towers higher and stronger; however, I can accept, too, building something completely different, as long as the new creation demands as much respect and produces as much awe as the old ones did. A new structure must, absolutely must aspire to something great and profound. It is the essence of memorials and tall buildings: to inspire. The 9/11 memorial and replacement building have more to live up to than any other project in recent memory. Why build a single, simplistic building? Where is the grandeur? Where is the inspiration? How can anything less grandiose than the destroyed buildings embody "freedom?" What a sad development for us all, especially the families of the lost. I am deeply distressed by the proposed building. Final comment: it should be taller, at least.
Ryan Smith - Monday, September 25th, 2006 @ 12:48pm
I think that, the new building should be like the old towers, just more safe..then we can show the teroists we have no fear of them.
Jesper Kristoffersen - Monday, September 25th, 2006 @ 4:13am
Credo che questa struttura sia bellissima, ma mi aspettavo una torre piÃ¹ grande che riflettesse la grandezza degli stati uniti.
fabio - Friday, September 22nd, 2006 @ 5:09pm
Freedom Tower is a graceful design, all the more futuristic and stylish for its three proposed companion towers. Together they make a stunning, quite ethereal ensemble. I really hope the construction can be speeded up. I think it is important to look forward, from the terrible event, to a more hopeful, peaceful future, and beautiful architecture is one way of doing this. It must be a tower for all the world, as the originals were.Surely this is what New York stands for.
Liz - Thursday, September 21st, 2006 @ 6:24pm
it is a beautiful project, we all over the world pray and stand against terrorist acts , we wish the best and hope always for peace
leonardo pessoa - Thursday, September 21st, 2006 @ 11:57am
The shape is great, the name is great. It will give back to New York the best skyline of the world
Gianluca - Thursday, September 21st, 2006 @ 7:44am
The freedom tower will mean a whole lot. I am in the 11th grade and i am studying about the events that lead up to 9/11 and the events that they have on us now there is a lot. the freedom tower will remember who all died and loss there lives to the terrest of 9/11 so the freedom tower would be great build it. Joshua Comstock
Joshua Comstock - Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 @ 6:59pm
I love that we are showing that no one can keep us down. We will NEVER forget 9/11.
jim - Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 @ 4:42pm
i think the design is a testament to great design and FREEDOM to all who stand against terrorism in this world, respect and much love to all those who died on 9/11.look forward to seeing the final result.
alma - Monday, September 18th, 2006 @ 7:16pm
i think that the freedom tower is beatuiful and standing out can wait to see it
Tanya - Monday, September 18th, 2006 @ 6:41pm
I want the country to realise that this "freedom" tower isnt going to show anyone anything other than that we can build a goofy looking, expensive, structure and keep it just as suseptible as the trade centers were. maybe we should hold off on construction until we have peace.
Carley - Monday, September 18th, 2006 @ 4:00pm
I like the idea of them new towers but they should make them higher so people sea how good USA is at confronting that kind of thing and make them high and strong.
Sam - Sunday, September 17th, 2006 @ 3:35pm
A symbol. The power of the spirit against darkness and evil.I dream to see when will be ready.
tudosoiu constantin - Saturday, September 16th, 2006 @ 6:49am
I love the new design of the freedom tower and its surrounding buildings (the first one was gross) Growing up only 30 miles from NYC I came to know these towers as one of the many symbols of New York I think by building the(revised)Freedom tower we will create a new stronger symbol of New York showing we can live up to any challange. Rebulding the towers exactly as they where would be like saying it never happended and that we should just rebuild it and forget about all the people that died there. This idea is just one big denail of the truth and people who support it are not true New Yorkers or Americans. We should rebuild lower manhattan to honor those who died there not forget about them.
Ryan - Thursday, September 14th, 2006 @ 8:58pm
Thanks to designer. Thanks a lot for all victims, this is the best project i saw to comemorate 9/11. When i see that, i think : Marvellous World, A new hope!!!
Laurent Dauvergne - Thursday, September 14th, 2006 @ 4:29pm
Its good , it will represent the memorial of the people who lost their life. If i get a oppurnity to come to united states , i will visit New York city.
R.Elamparuthi - Thursday, September 14th, 2006 @ 7:38am
I believe that it is a wondreful testimony of the Amareican spirit.I pray the souls of the victims find it appropriate.
Brian Dupere - Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 @ 9:09pm
i vistited new york in 2004 i was shocked by the the scale of destruction my heart goes out to all those who lost a loved one i think this tower would be a fitting tribute to all those who died as a sybol of freedom
ant - Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 @ 6:09pm
i think all of you people who say the building is ugly should shut up, the building is suppose to be taller and stronger then the twin towers meaning to me "yea you did a terriable thing when you attacked us but look at us now, we are back bigger and stronger" i support the freedom tower and the design, it looks like its from the future and its the way of the future and it looks amazing at night, i back this country, its poeple, its leaders and the way of life 100 percent, and people its a mermorial, how would you feel to see the twin towers built if your loved ones die that day i know i would break down each time i saw it
BRAD - Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 @ 1:56am
First off i want to say may GOD bless all of you families that had relatives who died in the 9*11 attack. But as for the freedom tower i think that it is a good idea because it will show how strong America is by building up another building even though the attack did just happen. because what this is saying to me you put us in depression once but we are building this new building because we are not going to let this happen again. for if we build up a new twin tower then it will just bring back bad memories to those depressed families.
Beautiful - Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 @ 8:37pm
Lovely building! all the same it would be better if iit was by x2
Christopher - Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 @ 4:40pm
I stand in the middle because I think that this building is a beautiful structure but i think we should build another building to go with it and make them taller to show that we have the God given strength to get back up and fight for the freedom we were given this land was given to us by god and we should do our best to use what he has given us and get back up and build two towers BIGGER and STRONGER to show that with gods help we can get back up
Dalton Marshall - Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 @ 1:08pm
i think it is a fantastic building and i think it is just the thing that will bring all of america together again. God Bless America
ben - Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 @ 9:42am
Very modern and imposant, but NOT very New York. Nevertheless, they should have constructed two towers - it would fit the skyline better. NYC derserves two new towers. Be strong new yorkers. love...
Thomas Haahr - Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 @ 7:30am
The design is nice, but it is not fitting for what it represents. It tells the world we are scared to rebuild bigger, taller, stronger. The essence of America is insulted by not rebuilding better.
Eric - Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 @ 1:09am
I think the "Freedom Tower" will be a beaming memorial to all of those people who had died on 9-11. You can never replace the twin towers, but we will never forget about them like we still remember pearl habor. But we have to go on and try to put the past behind us, know matter how horrible it was but we go on and try to make things better and stronger for our us but we never do forget our history, and we always get back to whoever tried to bring our the american spirit down. I am also proud that our soldiers are fighting the war on terror. You know how NYC is called the big apple? well Islam tried to take a bite of our apple and we dont stand for that and the islamics are getting what they dissurve!
Briana - Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 @ 1:01am
I belive that doing such a thing would just encourage the terrorists to attack yet another grand monument (if they build it) and may kill many more lives.
David Hovik - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 11:16pm
First I want to say may God be with the families who lost a family member or friend in 9/11. Other than that I feel that if they dont build taller more improved Twin Towers they should at least build the Freedom Tower even taller showing America will rebound no matter what,in this case maybe even taller??~Eric 15
Eric - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 10:48pm
I like this design far better than the 2004 rendering. I hope a very sound structure is planned in the design. It will be wonderful edition to the New York skyline. We will always remember the Twin Towers.
David Walton - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 10:07pm
There is something transcendent yet powerful about it that reflects America's spirit and serves as a beautiful tribute to those who died that horrible day five years ago.
Barbara Staskelunas - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 9:40pm
This latest design looks very nice, far better than the hideous monstrosity depicted in the 2004 renderings. I would prefer to see two towers though given the choice.
Alan Fidler - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 7:38pm
I think, what took place on September 11 was something horrible that has changed a lot of people's lives for the rest of our lives, my opinion is that anything less than previous buildings make me sad, yes they had a boring design forsome of you, but they were impressive! and that is what's missing on the freedom tower rendering, perhaps there are some details that could be improved and show the world through this tower and memorial site, our determination and strength of our nation.
Oby - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 7:10pm
The building is nice...but it does not fit the New York City skyline. For one the building is not tall enough and seems to symbolize fear. Only the orginal building design will restore NYC to its original wonder. The twin towers were a staple of American Freedom and heritage. They were shot in hundreds of movies and television shows. This new tower will not be a staple icon for anything.
Eric - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 3:42pm
I think the twin towers looked ugly and boring. This new design looks far better.
John - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 12:44pm
The twin towers were a magnificant symbol of New York and of course the U.S. which will always be remembered and cherished, but the Freedom Tower represents more. Its stature and visual aesthetics are a tribute to the integrity and courage of the people of New York. If it were my city i would be estatic with the plans and embrace the change and prove that evil cannot rule the world. If anything the terrorists have made our faith stronger! They will never win!
Andy - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 9:33am
I visited WTC in 1996 and remember standing at the bottom in amazement at its enormity and scale.The freedom tower and the regeneration of the whole area was the only thing that was ever going to happen,and i intend to be back at the same place with the same feelings.
Darren Emmison - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 6:08am
I think the Freedom Tower is a great idea! I know that many people would love for the twin towers to still be there but I do not think they should rebuild the towers as it would not be the same. Nothing can ever replace the towers and I think that it would bring back too many bad memories for some people. The Freedom Tower is a new symbol, that America and the World will never give in to acts of terrorism. You can knock us down but we will always come back stronger, I think this new tower symbolises that.
Karina - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 6:07am
The design is great but it will never be as impressive as the Twin Towers were. As an Australian who has visited NY before and after 911 no matter what is built, there will always be a part of NY missing because of the events of that day. We should not forget what happen on Septemeber 11th and that we should stand together united to prevent these kinds of events every happening again anywhere throughout the world.
Matthew - Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 12:11am
PLEASE DO NOT BUILD this tower to replace the Twin Towers. It is NOT a good fit for the New York skyline. PLEASE REBUILD the Twin Towers five or ten floors higher and the buildings stronger. To me the Twin Towers symbolized "United We Stand." Rebuilding the Twin Towers will not only send a message to terroist "We cannot be stopped" but also to future generations. If this tower is built, I will refuse to revisit New York ever again because the single tower is sign of weakness. As if we are afraid to rebuild what we once had for fear of it being attacked again. PLEASE REBUILD THE TWIN TOWERS...Ten years from I want to be able to show & tell my now 3 year old son, an example and the importance to get back up after being knocked down and NOT TO BE AFRAID.
Christine Rodriguez - Sunday, September 10th, 2006 @ 11:48pm
I feel this will be absolutly beautiful once it is done, I hope there will be pictures of the twin towers too view inside. I look forward to visiting and taking my children to see.
Jeremy - Sunday, September 10th, 2006 @ 11:13pm
i think this tower is a good representaion of the strenghth of our nation. Go USA!!!
Ali - Sunday, September 10th, 2006 @ 1:37pm
i think this tower is a good representaion of the strenghth of our nation. Go USA!!!
Ali - Sunday, September 10th, 2006 @ 1:37pm
This design is... gorgeous. Nothing replace WTC, but this is a new quality for a new era.
Bartosz - Sunday, September 10th, 2006 @ 10:46am
I get the sense of homage being paid to the twin towers looking at the design of freedom tower. It looks perfect.
Mark Greco - Sunday, September 10th, 2006 @ 3:25am
Ok, if you are going to build this building, then at the top of that needle or spike on top of the building- needs to have an American Flag flying from it!! Otherwise, rebuild the WTC again. Let the terrorists know that we will not be stopped, we will not hide in fear, and we will remain strong! My thanks go out to everyone on 9/11 that helped in the disaster and to our troops still fighing today!
Traci - Saturday, September 9th, 2006 @ 8:51pm
The sight of the twin towers was awe inspiring a symbol of the modern world the new freedom tower while beautiful does not come anywhere near the twin towers in the sense of majestic presence. Please America rebuild the towers better and stronger, they are the only bulidings that have the right to occupy the sacred site of ground zero. Let the new Twin Towers rise again from the ashes.
Mikey - Saturday, September 9th, 2006 @ 6:52pm
the new building is really cool, but we do need something bigger, stronger, and better.
Cindy - Saturday, September 9th, 2006 @ 1:47pm
Building this tower is weak and is a symbol that we are afraid. We need to rebuild the Twin towers taller, better, and bigger then before. That is the NYC skyline. That is the symbol that overcomes adversity. That is an American symbol of Freedom.This lame tower they are building will allow me to take my children and grandchildren up to the 82nd floor where I can turn to them and say that the old towers had a restaurant 25 stories higher then where we are standing. What kind of message do you think that is telling everyone around the world?
John - Saturday, September 9th, 2006 @ 2:22am
Ever since 9/11, i have been fascinated with skyscrapers. I, recently, have had this urge to rebuild the towers as they were, to show those goddang terrorists that even if they knock down the buildings over and over again, that we have the power to keep on making them. Its a big "in your face" thing. The building isnt half bad, but it would be much better with this one to commemorate the 9/11 attacks and the new WTCs rising behind it magestically.
Achal Soni - Friday, September 8th, 2006 @ 7:51pm
Yes it is a very striking structure and it must be built.I would though prefer to prioritise the abandoned homeless people of New Orleans.They must be given new homes.Put your people first America.Win hearts then the minds.
brian Curry - Friday, September 8th, 2006 @ 4:18pm
i think that the new tower in New york city will be the most important building around the world, congratulations for the american people, especiality the people who lives in the best city.... New York¡¡¡¡¡¡
felipe - Friday, September 8th, 2006 @ 1:24pm
Ok this is how I see it....First off what happened on 9/11 was a horrible and tragic thing. But I think America has done an OUTSTANDING job in remembering each and every person that was there that day. The Idea of a new tower (The Freedom Tower) is a way to continue remembering everyone and to let people know that we can start again. Cause that's just what America does. We are not forgetting anything but in fact telling terrorist that they can NOT STOP US!!! I Love it. And I am PROUD to be an AMERICAN cause you can slow us down but can't stop us!!
Tina - Friday, September 8th, 2006 @ 12:17pm
The new design is beautiful but I prefer rebuilding the WTC.
Che-Ching - Thursday, September 7th, 2006 @ 10:30pm
I am so sorry. Sure I like the design. I was truelly shocked when I saw the horrible footage of the burning and collapsing Twin Towers. I think the people who decided to build not even this building but A building to replace WTC, are so naïef. I mean after all the things the U.S goverment does to keep the terrors as limited as possible, I really think they can suspect a new terrorist attack on this building.
Mick - Thursday, September 7th, 2006 @ 3:44pm
i really like the name of the new building, i think it has alot of meaning to it. it could never replace the WTC and nobody will ever forget that, but i do think the new building is a nice memorial and in the future it will be a place that people can visit and remember the day that new york became much stronger.
Rhian - Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 @ 6:53pm
My heart sank the day I saw both towers fall on 9/11. The freedom tower will rise up in defiance to these terrorists, america should be proud to be able to rise above such evil.
Lee Bromley - Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 @ 6:15pm
I think it is a shinig beacon to all those who lost their lives and a fitting symbol to the herosim of people who stand up to terrorism, American and her Allies! USA & UK ALL THE WAY
Neil Shearer - Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 @ 5:34pm
When I stayed in New York - April 2003 - I visited Ground Zero, I wanted to pay my respects & I am glad I did. I think the Freedom Tower will be brilliant and the name of the new building speaks for itself. God Bless America & all those who fought for Freedom and their country.
Jo - Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 @ 10:09am
The only way NYC will be NYC again is to rebuild the Twin Towers bigger and better than they were before. That is the only way to honour the Americans who died there and to show those terrorists what America is all about. Go USA!!!
Sean - Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 @ 9:52pm
The Freedom tower looks cool but I think that the Twin Towers should be rebuilt taller and stronger to show the Americans are not quitters. To build the Freedom tower in the area of where the Twin Towers stood shows that the Americans are settling for something less than what originally there.
Keegan - Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 @ 6:29am
I prefer the old Towers, but am glad New York is not going to lie down to the terrorists. "In remembrance of those who braved and died, so that we might live" - A Medical Healthcare Worker
Adam Waggoner - Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 @ 2:19am
i dont like it, it looks to cheap and simple it does not feel or look like an american landscape and i really think that this new tower is disrespecting the thousands of people who lost there lives on 9/11 by having somtihng so ugly to replace the twin towers now im not trying to say we should rebuild the twin towers but build a tower that represents how strong are country truly is making it safe tall more rich and beautiful to not only represent new york but the whole united states
woodley - Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 @ 2:15am
NYC is the greatest city in the world. There is no way we can let this terribly designed tower replace the elegance that the skyline had pre-9/11. They should rebuild the world trade center exactly the same but stronger and more safe. We cannot settle for anything else. God Bless the USA and Freedom.
Paul - Sunday, September 3rd, 2006 @ 6:33pm
it´s amazing building i love it, god save America..I love to go there one day!!!
Lima - Saturday, September 2nd, 2006 @ 11:09am
This building I belive will radiate newconfidence,security and invincibility of FREEDOM OF MANKIND to the Americans and the world.Also,it reflects upon the strong will and determination of America to bury the past and lookforward to an optimistic future.
Vinay Ks - Saturday, September 2nd, 2006 @ 3:10am
I was once a guest in your city, state and nation. I have stood on the Observation Deck, marvelled at the view, the feat of engineering achievement that was the WTC. I still find it hard to comprehend something so real, something so strong, a place I once stood, now no longer exists. But more profoundly, I cannot begin to truly feel, equate into real terms the incredible loss that mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and their children must feel through the loss of loved ones. Freedom Tower, the new tower is impressive, but I feel that it would have been more fitting to those lost, to reconstruct the original towers (exterior) with improved interiors (safety and structural resistance). As a means of saying - we do recover, stronger and better than before. However, a nation as proud and dedicated to peace as America will always remains a beacon to those striving to strike fear into peace-loving people. I am sure there will be many who will never be happy with whichever design is adopted in the end. For as many people suffered, there will be as many answers to the question - what shall we do now... God Bless you all.
Kendall Morgan-Chase - Saturday, September 2nd, 2006 @ 2:34am
revised design is great.A laser light symbol of the American flag on its elevation could reinforce the freedom concept to the world
james fong - Saturday, September 2nd, 2006 @ 2:09am
Great "in your face" idea and design
John - Thursday, August 31st, 2006 @ 3:43pm
I think that Freedom tower is the best-designed building that could replace WTC. I hope americans and the rest of the World will be proud of this monument of freedom!
Azik - Thursday, August 31st, 2006 @ 6:35am
Its a nice building, but, its not doing the N.Y sky line justice. We should build the Twin Towers taller, bolder, and stronger. We can do better than this. Why fall short when we are the greatest nation in the world.
Brandon - Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 @ 4:59pm
I hope I get a chance to go to NYC and see this wonderful building one day.God Bless Freedom and all who fight for it.
Pertti Manninen - Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 @ 3:57am
Rebuild it as before.Nothing would show the world our strength more then that.Only this time without the old design I am quite certain in the 30 yrs since this was designed we could come up with something to make them stronger.As a soldier in the US Army I am glad to see my nation at least not bow down to the scum that caused all this in the first place. God Bless America and all free loving nations we will prevail!!!!
john - Saturday, August 26th, 2006 @ 3:43pm
This actually is a good memorial. I think rebuilding the twin towers would be in some sort of way, no offense, disrespectful. This is about remembering, not replacing. I bet it will look great at the end.
John - Saturday, August 26th, 2006 @ 1:08pm
In memory with all our friends died for freedom, I am in a hurry to admire the new world trade center more beautiful and stronger!
Christophe Mary - Friday, August 25th, 2006 @ 8:39am
i think this is a very good idea to remember the towers and those who died. GOD BLEES AMERICA
bryan - Thursday, August 24th, 2006 @ 2:20pm
After seeing the movie The World Trade Center and now the updated renderings of the Freedom Tower, I find that it just doesn't do the Manhattan Skyline justice for what all Americans have gone through. This is a silly and weak looking structure. The are no majestic qualities in this stick. I believe as so many others in the U.S.A. and around the world that the Twin Towers were a symbol of Peace, Freedom and Strength. The towers should be rebuilt taller and stronger which will show any would be terrorists that we mean business and nothing that they can do will change our resolve to be the best and strongest country in the WORLD!!!!! GOD Bless all of you HEROS who came to the rescue of so many. I will never forget!!!!GIVE ME THE TWIN TOWERS
Tim Agopian - Thursday, August 24th, 2006 @ 9:17am
I love the name "Freedom Tower". Nothing can replace the Twin Towers. The Manhattan looks dull without the Twin Towers, we miss u.
vinoo - Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 @ 2:48pm
I love the thought of rebuilding, but we need to rebuild the towers as they were...I feel they should be stronger and taller than before...My opinion, screw this "freedom tower" and build the twin towers again!!
John Horvatich - Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 @ 1:36pm
I like many of you think the name for the tower is good. But I also agree with the majority of you that feels the rebuilding should be the same as the ones before. I have unfortunatly have never been to New York and to know that those beautiful buildings are gone just makes me heart sick. The people can never be replaced, so to me the best way to honor that is to build like before, stronger, bigger and better. The powers to be need to listen to the ones that matter, the people and the families that this unspeakable tragedy has changed their lives forever!!!
Jackie Smidt - Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006 @ 4:14pm
I think the Freedom Tower is perfect for New York. It will set New York, The U.S. and the world into the 21st century! It is a nice new design and will be for the next generation.
Joseph C. - Sunday, August 20th, 2006 @ 9:01pm
this is a horrible design. it doesnt give the towers enough justice. all of you foreigners have no idea what its like to see the nyc skyline and have the empire state buildind as the highest point. its depressing! the only way to build something that will fulfill the empty space in new yorkers hearts is to rebuild the towers! americans that do not believe this should be ashamed of themselves. the new tower is nice but does not belong anywhere near NYC.
derek - Sunday, August 20th, 2006 @ 1:26am
I think when this building is finished, it should stand the test of time, and and be remembered why this building is in the place it is or will be today.
karen cartwright - Saturday, August 19th, 2006 @ 12:56pm
The design of the memorial and collection of new buildings is dazzlingly brilliant. They are American resilence, ingenutiy, strength, depth and freedom expressed in building.God Bless America
Steve - Friday, August 18th, 2006 @ 9:14am
The freedom tower will has its own magnificence, and the the memories and energies from the twin towers attack, that will show those horrible people how all decent people have become stronger as a result of their actions.
Roddy Fisher - Wednesday, August 16th, 2006 @ 12:42pm
I think this is a bad design. The building hardly matches with New York. The only way to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 is to rebuild the towers but stronger and with a memorial. 90% of the people who lost family members and friends that day want the towers back and about 70% of America want the towers back. So why waiste all that time and money on a design that most of the people do not want. The design, Twin Towers 2 is what the people want and it is the best way to rebuild those towers that were knocked down.
Jack - Tuesday, August 15th, 2006 @ 12:05am
I think the design is amazing. It will be a great memorial and a sign that America will never live in fear of terrorists. God bless you all.
Alyssa Bailey - Monday, August 14th, 2006 @ 10:46am
The height is meaningful (1776ft.) However, I think building 2 or even more of them(even if other buildings are the exact design) would truly show the spirit & power of USA.
Chen RongChang - Sunday, August 13th, 2006 @ 6:37pm
i think it really sucks that they changed the version of the tower. before it was going to be super tall and amazing, but now they changed it to this wimpy tower. i think it would also have been a good idea to rebuild the twin towers bigger, taller, and stronger to show all the terrorist who hate us so much that we will not be afraid of them EVER. but i still think they could have thought up of a better and more amazing tower.
GPG - Sunday, August 13th, 2006 @ 2:06pm
i think the new freedom tower now building is beautiful. this is a beautiful monument for those people who died of terorism. i hope someday i will work there.
alf - Sunday, August 13th, 2006 @ 4:29am
I totally think they should rebuild the towers as they were, but bigger and stronger. WE ARE AMERICA!! Those jerks need to know that we cannot and will not be hurt!!
Jenn - Thursday, August 10th, 2006 @ 9:35pm
I think that the design is crap. We as Americans should build the exact same towers over and let those terriost idots, know that you cannot and will never be able to hurt the pride of America.
Chris - Sunday, August 6th, 2006 @ 12:45pm
After 5 years it is great to see some progress at this site ,but I am afraid the cost will skyrocket due to ny union politics and nonsense. reconstruction of original design with improvements should of started in 2001
sean r - Saturday, August 5th, 2006 @ 11:29pm
The Freedom Tower represents that the US can move forward from such a tragedy and stand stronger than before, great work!
Doug - Thursday, August 3rd, 2006 @ 10:13am
New York City is the best city in the world.in New York City need the most tallest buildin in the world.good help New York City
florim - Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 @ 8:07pm
New York City the greatest city in the world needs to have the tallest building in the world. Please raise its height.
matt - Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 @ 5:31pm
As a pilot that flew out of New Jersey Airports everyday, the first thing thing I would look for just after take off were the Twin Towers. I loved those towers! Rebuild them Please!!! Building a structure with almost the top half as just a glass structure is a cheap tribute and that does not heal the american heart. The twin towers were like two brothers leaning on each other for support in this tough world. Lets see that strength again with similar twin towers!
Paul Kosa - Saturday, July 29th, 2006 @ 11:13pm
As a Native of N.Y. And a Person That Went to the Grand Opening Of The World Trade Center With My GrandFather,The New Design Speaks For The Way We Are Today..We as a Nation Must Move To The Future in a New Light And Embrace The Beauty Of The New Freedom Tower..
Stephen W. Gaudreau - Saturday, July 29th, 2006 @ 1:37pm
i fell this is a beautiful tower better & more strong than the twin towers.
manish - Saturday, July 29th, 2006 @ 12:56pm
its a nice tower...it would be nicer if they rebuild the twin towers and have the freedom tower in between the towers.
chris - Saturday, July 29th, 2006 @ 2:43am
I remember as a kid looking up at the towers and thinking how great they must look to the rest of the world. The twin towers will never be replaced nor forgotten. i guess the best thing we can do is build bigger and more modern just to let the world know that we will go on and we will get stronger.
Larry Gonzalez - Wednesday, July 19th, 2006 @ 6:29pm
There are but few examples of humanbuild stuctures that make a statement in face of vile acts committed by unscrupulous people. This freedom tower - I am sure - will be a shining example of the will of free people to face and overcome any such acts. Build it, if only to show the future generations of all the people of the world that humanity has the capacity to rise as a phenix out of the ashes of destruction
Eric Van Braekel - Saturday, July 8th, 2006 @ 11:17am
The site looks impressive, as far as the Tower goes, the materials on the rendering look nice, but i doubt that they will appear that light in the final design, as far as teh shape, i dont even know where to start obviously libeskinds first tower was architecturally the nicest, and even SOMs first shown attempt was better than this, ugh, the chance to build something new and fresh was completely wasted. I give it less than one star.
Dan - Thursday, July 6th, 2006 @ 11:04am
The Freedom Tower looks awesome. I just wish it was a little taller though.
Antonio - Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 @ 7:22pm
This structure stills falls way too short of what the World Trade Center was, and the beauty it beheld. It still has that ugly gray shimmer to it, and the 400-foot antennae is a short cut to claiming new heights. I wish they would finally give up on this project and rebuild the original Twin Towers.
Chris - Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 @ 7:19am
The Twin Towers were a great part of New York, and I think the the Freedom Tower will be too.It has something for everyone. It will be a tribute to all who lost there lives. We will not be defeated.
Peter - Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 @ 11:57pm
I hope that construction will now begin. The structure looks modern and a sky lobby like in the new design is cool. It is really important to see progress at the WTC site.
Simon Lange - Saturday, July 1st, 2006 @ 1:01pm
I Love that we are rebuilding. It just goes to show the USA will not let anybody hold us down.God bless the USA.
Tina Mccauley - Friday, June 30th, 2006 @ 3:03pm
I like the new design of the tower. They should build two of them instead of just one, but its nice to see something finally being built.
Jimmy Jones Jr. - Thursday, June 29th, 2006 @ 6:53pm
I like the final design. It is functional and that is what NYC means. It is hard work that has made the USA great and I think this speaks to that. Also, let us not forget that people from many nations were killed there. So this is for all those nations as well. God Bless Them!
Randy Clark - Thursday, June 29th, 2006 @ 3:13pm
Looks great.I hope the light that shoots up into the sky from the antenna changes color.Red-White-Blue in succession.=)
Blair - Thursday, June 29th, 2006 @ 2:08pm
TO all those who argue that nor rebuilding the same is losing, i have to disagree. Like it or not, the terrorists did change our way of life. If they did not it would prove that we are foolish. They did not however achieve their goal of ending our way of life. This tower shows that. I just wish it was taller.
Zach - Thursday, June 29th, 2006 @ 1:55am
I think that the new building is a great idea and incentive to move forward from our memories of 9/11. The new building will give us incentive to look towards the future instead of the past.P.S. The structure is amazing. A good number of engineers and architects put a lot of work into the design, and I think they achieved excellence.
Don Burton - Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 @ 6:08pm
I think the name and the look of the tower is very powerful even its fragile nature adds, symbolically, to how delicate freedom really is.
Josue Kure - Wednesday, June 21st, 2006 @ 5:21pm
people, why would they build the world trade centers again like they were before, people walking down the street would always be reminded of that terrible day, people would freak if they saw them again, this new tower should be taller than it is but im satisfied, i mean in dubai theyre building a 2400 foot tower, were losing, the middle easterns are winning
chris - Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 @ 4:30pm
They take down 2 towers and we replace it with 1 tower? We should replace with two towers that look very similar to the old ones but a little taller so that we are not constantly reminded that they did change our lifestyle on that fateful day. There should not be a before 9/11 NY skyline and an after. It should be seamless. We should be able to watch great NY city movies both now and in the past without seeing a change of landscape. It will be a more subtle reminder to see the similar looking buildings.
Dave Sned - Monday, June 12th, 2006 @ 2:25pm
The new structure looks good but I always wanted to see the earlier two majestic towers ruling over the skyline of Manhattan. Nothing can replace the past memories; I wanted the designers to rebuild the twin towers the way they were.
Sanjay Kumar - Wednesday, June 7th, 2006 @ 8:14pm
I agree with Al on this design. I am actually disappointed on how the original design which was already bad come to this which is now worse. Although I have my objections to the whole design etc. I am happy the rebuilding of downtown is finally taking place. I just wish they would have designed a better building, something is seriously wrong? In 5 years this is the best you can come up with? Should of stuck with the Asian Arhcitects.
Earl - Thursday, June 1st, 2006 @ 3:01pm
Get with it people. This tower is a pile of garbage that falls far short of what the WTC gave to the city of NY. New Yorkers and the rest of this country should hang thier heads low when this giant bowling pin is erected. This country should send a message to the rest of the world that we will not compromise our ways of living. Unfortunately, this tower represents just that.
Al - Saturday, May 20th, 2006 @ 12:44pm
I think New York and the nation will be proud of the new buildings that are going to be built.Also the many people that died Sept 11th, 2001.Will be honored by the buildings and the memorials . I would like to be one of the first people to go up in the Freedom Tower, because my birthday was 911,1948.God Bless,Mark Coleman
Mark Coleman - Thursday, May 18th, 2006 @ 9:42pm
I hope this tower is seen as a beacon of peace for the whole world as well as an innovative, green and beautiful symbol of New York. The lightness and unusual shape seem to give it an ethereal quality that should enhance the skyline. Best wishes to everyone concerned with its construction.
Liz Power - Sunday, May 14th, 2006 @ 12:28pm
i think this the best idea ever, as a teen who has remembered the day when the towers collapesed this tis the best way to remember the towers.:)
Micaela - Wednesday, May 10th, 2006 @ 4:26pm
la torre de fredom tower es preciosa y si la llegan a construir sempre nos traera el recuerdo de aquellas dos torres gemelas que Dios bendiga a america
enrique garcia - Sunday, May 7th, 2006 @ 1:17pm
i think that the freedom building is ok. i love the name it has been given. i love that there will be foot prints of where the original towers once stood. what i dont like is that we are building there for business to move in. i think that the building should be built for other resources other than any business! to make it an actual memorial ground for the ones who died, there families, and for the rest of the world!
ryan - Thursday, May 4th, 2006 @ 8:43pm
I am so thrilled that america is not affraid to stand tall once again to stand tall in the skies and challenge the world in mordern design the structure is breathtaking and on top of that literally new york needs a facelift
brent franklin - Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 @ 4:06pm
Thank God that those who mourned on September 11, 2001 will finally have a place to reflect on those who we lost on that fateful day, a place where we can gather in love, prayer and rememberance
Karen Rosales - Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 @ 2:33pm
This building may just be the one that is going to thrust America back into the lead. New competitors- like China - are beginning to challenge the power of the United States. Maybe an amazing architectural achievement like this will put them in their place.
Jackwell Johnston - Sunday, April 30th, 2006 @ 5:45pm
I,am very glad their started to begin to build the new building. New york will be completed again with the freedom tower
Eric de Groot - Sunday, April 30th, 2006 @ 8:15am
it`s very nice designed, but be missing me a spirit of building. i cannot just felt like antenna. it`s terrible. this tower is earlier memorial as commercial building
mishjak - Saturday, April 29th, 2006 @ 4:43am
The "new" version of the symbolic Trade Towers is a beautiful, patriotic and powerful rendition of the strength and power of the United States...New York will once again be the leader in innovation and design as we move further into the 21st Century. PT Tampa
Paul Thirkelson - Friday, April 28th, 2006 @ 11:16pm
I watched the twin towers being built from my apartment on Staten Island. I said too myself,"Any idiot with a cause will hit it with a plane."This design seems to stick out also. Two smaller towers would be safer and more pleasing too the eye.
Kelly Depaul - Friday, April 28th, 2006 @ 6:38pm
I think the tower is beautiful. It shows that NYC will stand tall once again.
Stacie - Friday, April 28th, 2006 @ 2:16pm
The Twin Towers were not originally welcome by New Yorkers. We grew to love them. To duplicate the architecture would be too emotional to view. I approve of the Freedom Tower, and hope we all grow to love it too.
sue - Friday, April 28th, 2006 @ 12:35pm
I think this building is beautiful. It symbolizes that we are moving forward. We can NEVER replace what has been lost or taken away but we WILL remember, while looking towards a brighter future.
Shawna - Friday, April 28th, 2006 @ 11:20am
The structure is ausome,a testimony to the fortitude and steel of the American Spirit. Just like flipping them the bird.
Tom Lynam - Friday, April 28th, 2006 @ 9:46am
I think is a good idea for the Freedom Tower. But I also feel it is another tower for terroists to try to hurt more. It should be a memorial sight to the ones who died, family, friends and the american people.
melinda - Friday, April 28th, 2006 @ 1:29am
This monument is a beacon of both the American Spirit and the Human Spirit. What happened on 9/11 was not about nationalities, it was about ignorence and hate. This new structure beams the light of hope and peace. It symbolizes the good in all of us! Cheers!
Ryan - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 10:40pm
I think that this is a disign disaster! It should have been designed by the people of NYC for the people of NYC. It looks like a cheap version of the Artistic Twin Towers that will always be wonders of the world.
Tamera Driscoll - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 7:58pm
I lived in NY, on 9-11. I saw the second plane go in to the building from my Apartment. From that day I always said that we should build the same towers, but at least one floor taller. Doing anything else would be admitting they have a controlling upper hand in our own home.
Maria - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 7:10pm
I give it a 3 just because its a nice design but then again it will never replace "THE TWIN TOWERS". I really appreciate the people who put thier time into this idea.
Diana - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 6:55pm
Majestic this should be incorporated at one of the Wonders of the World it touched many lives in the word.
I Joe Artifon - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 6:01pm
All I can say is I would LOVE an opportunity to Work on and INSTALL the Curtain Wall Glass, I would love to do the Swing Stage work on this building, I am guessing though that the components are Modular and will be construsted in controled evironment, and shipped to site and Boomed into possition in a One Piece Unit....
Joel David Eenkhoorn - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 4:48pm
God speed this project. It took something horrendous like 9/11 to bring this country together....nearly 5 years later, it seems as though many have forgotten...
Katie - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 4:21pm
that building seems way too futuristic and i s not New York at all!! So I think...they should rebuild the original WTC, but stronger,better than ever!!The Freedom Tower is crap...
Joakim - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 4:14pm
I like the shape, but I rather have two and taller. I want twin towers, just like we had back then. I want 2, I want 2, I want2.
Roberto R. - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 3:58pm
what a wonderful tribute to the American People and all the Heros of 9/11. It warms my heart every time I think of how beautiful the Freedom Building will be. Thank you
patricia fanning - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 3:57pm
i think the new building looks awsome. but i still think that we should put a few missle lanchers on the top just to make sure that horrible day never comes again
kristopher leopold - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 3:20pm
I am baby boomer... I always believed the Empire State Building to be the icon of my parents era. I also believed the Twin Towers of the WTC, to be the icon of my era. Now I have lost my icon and I will NEVER forget that day. In the not too distant future, I will touch some remains of the Twin Towers - and on that same day, I will touch the walls of The Freedom Tower, the icon of the Generation X.God speed to the project.
Gary Sheridan - Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 @ 9:14am
I think that this design is nice, but instead of making the hight the year the u.s. became a nation, they should use the year that everyone in this country became truly free, to represent the name of the building. You know, the year where everything was desegregated, and everyone could finally vote and stuff, what year was that, like 1963 or something. Anyway, thats what they should change about the building, you know, to make it slightly taller.
Francis - Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 @ 1:17am
This tower is very nice.i do feel that this tower will never replace the two that we have lost. it should remain a memorial,a place for people to come and feel the lost and remember the day that should have never happened..
LaToya - Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 @ 9:44pm
I like the design, the Freedom Tower seems very modern. But for every skyscraper itself, always makes it hard for people to evacuate quickly, especially on top floors. If I am David Childs as a architect, I would plan on building something that will let everyone evacuate outside safely in secoonds, in the others words, I wouldnt recommend tall, but long big, and wide .
Kevin - Saturday, April 8th, 2006 @ 3:31am
I like the new design and the fact that the designers have placed the Observation Deck etc at the heights of the old towers. For years I believed that there should be no building but, in time I realised that to build again is a mark of respect to those who died on that terrible day.
Fiona Leask - Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 @ 6:26am
Although I will always miss the Twins, I wouldn't mind having this symbolic gem in my view. It's an absolutely fantastic building not only because of it's beauty, but because it stands for resilliance.
David Perry - Thursday, March 30th, 2006 @ 3:19pm
This structure looks much more aesthetically pleasing than the original concept. Its elegant and more practical while still keeping a modern and artistic presence. I do feel there should be TWO towers built and cheezing out on the height of the building with a spire is weak. The idea of the 1776 height and the 1362 and 1368 levels are great! A suggestion would be the top height of the structure proper could be the year that Columbus discovered the country (1492). I feel though no matter what is built the twin towers can never be replaced.
Mike - Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006 @ 1:13pm
I love the structure it looks fututurastic and will bring new york to a new era
Franklin Joseph - Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 @ 10:33am
I think that the completion of the Freedom Tower will be an important step for the future of New York. Whilst it can never replace the Twin Towers, it will act as a message to all that New York cannot be defeated and will continue to grow forever.
Victoria - Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 @ 11:07am
The freedom tower is iconic in its simplicity, just like the architecture of ancient Rome and Greece bold timeless and at the same time creative, a far better impression than the world trade centres and a new start
James Carter - Monday, March 13th, 2006 @ 6:06pm
The new design looks plain and unoriginal. Every building in the future will try to compare with the new one in Dubai, not the plain old freedom tower. The original design was much, much nicer.
Corie Ryan - Sunday, March 12th, 2006 @ 5:29am
This building is terrible. I want to see the Twin Towers built again, taller and stronger. To build this ugly thing would be honoring terrorists. It might as well be called "Bin Laden Tower." Rebuild the Trade Center!
Patrick Madden - Friday, March 10th, 2006 @ 9:18pm
Great design with great sense of patiotism! I have to go to New York to see this world wonder,
gene - Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 @ 12:46am
I think this is very nice and interesting design that will give the Manhattan the new energy and power.
Václav - Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 @ 12:33pm
I remember the twin towers being built when I was young and living across the river in New Jersey. Although the Freedom Towers are going to be an awesome sight, it will never be the same as when the Twin Towers dominated the NYC skyline.
Phil - Sunday, February 19th, 2006 @ 9:57pm
I know we can do better. This plan could work if the height were increased and the top was finished with a tappered angle to a peak and then add the antenna. Presently using an antenna to claim height is a shortcut that ruins this particular design.
Fred Verny Jr - Wednesday, February 15th, 2006 @ 3:03pm
Having Visited New York several times,and indeed getting engaged at The windows on the World,Tho sad the towers have Gone i feel that the freedom Tower represents a new start for New York,and a fitting Memorial for those poor souls who lost their lives in such a tragic way.
TONY EVES - Friday, February 10th, 2006 @ 9:47am
i like this design better than the old one (which was a little too artistic for my taste). It has a bold design and i like the symettry. the base has got to go, though, and i think they could boost the roof height up to 1500 or 1600 ft.
Chris - Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 @ 2:11pm
Once something is lost it can never be replaced. Building twin towers again will only be a replica of them.I am a NYC resident and I will never forget the twin towers or the great hard working people who lost their lives in them on 9/11.That tragic day can never be replaced therefore;we keep the perished in our hearts and prayers and great twin towers in our memories and go forward with a different structure to honor the memory of a tragic day and a reminder of our freedom God Bless America and let freedom rise.
Diane - Saturday, February 4th, 2006 @ 5:55am
The new design is much less inspired than the original proposal. I would also like to see the building renamed. Freedom Tower is too corny
michael chambers - Friday, February 3rd, 2006 @ 8:32pm
i think that the freedom building is ok. i love the name it has been given. i love that there will be foot prints of where the original towers once stood. what i dont like is that we are building there for business to move in. i think that the building should be built for other resources other than any business! to make it an actual memorial ground for the ones who died, there families, and for the rest of the world!
allyson conder - Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 @ 3:42am
Its a damn shame. I really liked the original design which was slender, original and mirrored the shape of the statue of liberty. Whereas this new design is bland, boxy, symmetrical and uninspired. Somebody sold out.
Sam - Friday, January 27th, 2006 @ 6:38am
Great idea in my opinion. New Yorks skyline was fractured due to the attacks and deserves once again an overwhelming image.
Jamie - Sunday, January 22nd, 2006 @ 3:31pm
This is a beautiful building, but for America We need the tallest in the World. To show that we are strong enought to survive anything.
Charles Jones - Thursday, January 12th, 2006 @ 10:47pm
Love this new design!! It ensures those lost will not be lost in vein and just as I loved the twin towers when my dad took me downtown, I am sure my children will love the Freedom Tower in the same way.
Joe - Saturday, January 7th, 2006 @ 8:52pm
Great improvement over the other proposed design. Bold, modern, and an excellent design taking us into the future.
John J. DiMattei - Friday, January 6th, 2006 @ 3:19pm
This new design is full with patrotism and also matches so perfect with miss liberty that it seems to be the same but bigger, this new tower will remain every new yorker and visitor from us the hope and feeling to be the greatest and no one will fall apart. maybe a country so repudiated for all of you as mine needs some kind of symbol that could show us as we are. not as you think...
Mario - Thursday, December 29th, 2005 @ 10:54pm
A good modern, elegant update and tribute all those who should still be with us and will be forever remembered.
SJWD - Thursday, December 29th, 2005 @ 7:44am
even a 1 is to high a rating for this architectural nightmare. This is an embarrasment to my beautiful city and the firemen and people i knew who died there. This is a weak skeletal nothing. A skeleton of the beauty that once existed. I want my towers back and i want them to be the biggest buildings in the world. God Bless NYC.
john ruzicka - Wednesday, December 28th, 2005 @ 1:01am
I am not too sure what to think. All I know is that the original trade towers 1 and 2 were looked at as an eye sore when they were first built. Over time they became a staple of New York. I think the Freedom Tower should be unique and in time will become a main feature in the New York skyline. Your Canadian friends and behind the rebuilding project and hope to see something soon.
Peter Rood - Sunday, December 18th, 2005 @ 12:08am
Since the first drawings, I see it has change significantly. However still seem like a crystal, different from the beginning, more synthesize. Don’t know if it will look this way in 2008, but the idea will certainly prevail in our eyes even if unconsciously. It will be a landmark, no doubt.
Paulo - Monday, December 12th, 2005 @ 10:23pm
Beautiful design, tall, simple and not massive or unnecessarily sophisticated..NYC deserves it.
philippe - Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 @ 5:53pm
the new design of this building looks nice and a great example of civil engineering.
atul kumar rai - Friday, December 2nd, 2005 @ 8:42am
Noooo, another Santiago Calatrava alien or huge building in another beautiful and elegant city. At the present time artists think that beauty and proportion means much too big, artificiality and childish. I just love classic Twin Towers.
Eugeni d´Ors - Sunday, November 20th, 2005 @ 7:45pm
For those of you who are complaining about the height, 1776 is the year the Declaration of Independence was Written. If you can think up a greater number which is just as significant, then by all means do.
Nick - Sunday, November 13th, 2005 @ 2:00pm
Such a beautiful complex to commemorate those who perished.
Vyen Tho - Tuesday, November 8th, 2005 @ 11:04am
I rate the new structure lower than one. The old structure gave a new look to the sky line. A building like this new design is already being build across the street from news week, in ny. Not only that, it looks horrible. New skyline, nope, just a copycat.
T - Monday, November 7th, 2005 @ 12:07pm
I like the design. I think it would have been better if they had 2 of them or had made it taller. Would be nicer to see it built sooner too.
Brett - Friday, October 28th, 2005 @ 2:43pm
As a New Yorker I hate to see the Twin Towers gone but if this building will be safer and also make sure that the many lives that were lost are never forgotten I am ALL for it!
Melissa - Saturday, October 15th, 2005 @ 7:00pm
i like the new design of your freedom tower it symbolize power of your nation.may your job done.
Sugino Rafael - Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 @ 11:20pm
The FT is aesthetically good looking , but doesn`t resembles the WTC. Daniel Libeskind did a great job by using glass and steel as main structure,i would have given five stars if he would have build two towres.
Zahed mirza - Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 @ 3:51am
I like the freedom tower nearly as much as the twin towers. However it is sad and scary that we have to build our buildings bomb-proof.
WJM - Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 @ 6:13pm
If I could give the freedom tower 25 stars I would. It is good that they are improving the safety features of the New York Skyline. But I also agree with one other that it should be taller since the death of my second uncle Robert has gave me second thoughts about it.
Greg Hart - Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 @ 9:31am
I really like the shape and for sure gonna give to new york a new charme.
francycittadini - Sunday, September 18th, 2005 @ 7:11pm
Maged Albaz - Saturday, September 17th, 2005 @ 6:21am
i for one wanted to see the old towers rebuilt, but i do like the new plans , it looks good, i just wish it could be done sooner!! that big empty hole hurts when you look at it. again good job..
bernie carroll - Wednesday, September 14th, 2005 @ 11:11pm
i love so so much this desin very good
M.AZAM.ANSARI - Tuesday, September 13th, 2005 @ 8:50pm
The freedom tower will be mostly new and exciting. But even more sad than ever. We just have to always remember where the twin towers were. And why the towers were important and are important to us....
tiffany mihalko - Monday, September 12th, 2005 @ 9:19pm
The new design for the freedom tower is really sleek and cool in design and reading the safty feature of this new tower its really convincing that its a great design after all. And looks of it, its gonna be a landmark to make news when its completed!
Adam - Sunday, September 11th, 2005 @ 11:04pm
After seeing the fantastic job exceeding safety codes that Silverstein has done with the new World Trade 7, I think this beautiful new building will be one of the safest in the world. I only wish they were constructing two of them.
Elliot - Sunday, September 11th, 2005 @ 7:06pm
This design is much better than the first disign... But still no building can replace the Twin Towers. Heard that Donald Trump wanted to rebuild the Twin Towers, and i totally agree with him. New York will never be the sam again without them! For me it's sad that they are gone, it was not only a siluette for NY and the US, it was also something that showed how great and powerful USA really was. New York don't look as New York longer. It was something special with the towers. They stod there tall for freedom! So i hope, that they will rebuild the World Trade Center again, but much stronger and taller.
Oscar - Monday, August 29th, 2005 @ 1:30pm
much better then the horrendous birdcage design or the eternal building under construction design the new Freedom Tower is a great improvement its modern and respect the traditional architectural skyline of lower manhattan but it would be great to build two the city will be whole again seeing the two mighty towers rising in the horizon again, will bring many warm feelings of acomplishments to new yorkers as well to the people of the nation,also they should consider to make it the tallest in the world that will be Great!
Wilbert NYC - Monday, August 29th, 2005 @ 7:02am
Under the circunstances this building have being planned, the results are amazing. Design
- unfortunatelly - can not be a big deal in the process of thinking that building, the hole thing deals with strong memories and future worries, and at the same time it must be a symbol. If it will be, at the end, good architecture I'm not sure, but it is already some sort of a classic, with historical importance - and the design has litle to do with it.
Marco Zamberlan - Sunday, August 28th, 2005 @ 3:09pm
Oh yes. This design is much better than older one. But i still like the WTC's Twin towers.
Fahad Khan - Saturday, August 27th, 2005 @ 4:49am
please, reconstruisez les World trade towers. cela fait partie de notre histoire, elles doivent revenir dans notre coeur. c'est un des symboles de NYC love
ludovick - Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005 @ 6:44pm
I think that if it can't be taller, they should make it at least much more innovative. Personally I like this design a lot, but I think it doesn't fit the ocasion. I would love to see this design in a much more taller building.
Rony - Thursday, August 18th, 2005 @ 11:31pm
I love this design. It's simplicity of the tower and the grandeur of the spire is outstanding.
Nate MacDonald - Wednesday, August 17th, 2005 @ 11:46am
Great design! It is very pleasing to look at. One suggestion: put two antenna's at the top of the structure to remember the towers.
Derric - Monday, August 15th, 2005 @ 8:26pm
i loved the twin towers, the design and what it stood for. i definately support replacing the twin towers, but not with a cheesy design of one tower. we must build two towers with a lot of similarity of the past twin towers. anything else will be a waste of effort and time and a slap in the face to the united states and especially nyc. i know lives were lost and families are still distraught of those events that will go down in history. one tower will just be incomplete, even if the design is "better" than the old twin towers. at the time of the attacks i lived in new york and i went to school very close to the wtc. it still hurts me that the wtc is gone and after nearly four years i am at times in denial. our nature, as human beings is to deal with what is in front of us, wheter it be pleasant or painful, accept and move on. let's use this event to be the example to the world and do the right thing. replace the twin towers with twin towers. PLEASE
marvin - Sunday, August 14th, 2005 @ 10:15pm
It is a nice looking building compared to the square box’s that are so typical. We all have to move on and whilst I DO appreciate this is also a partial gravesite, this building must show the world Terrorists never win. Bigger, Taller not so important they have to be practical for those who work there. Yes there should be somewhere for those who wish to pay respects for those who died to go. But I really think preserving the exact footprint is stopping the healing process. They have gone, let’s just remember them as they were.
Michael - Sunday, August 14th, 2005 @ 8:58am
oh my god! how can they do this to new yorks beautiful skyline! i thought all agreed that this structure should be spectacular to show the world the strength of america and that as terror destroted one landmark, they can build another. and now this! the design is awkward and gives up all creativity and spirit to a purely economical, 100% tedious monstrosity. and giving up the positive statement of including green building aspects which could have been a good influence on future developments? i do agree that the previous building was a clash of 2 architects, but at least it included the originality of libeskinds original design. this is the lowest level architecture can reach, especially with the antenna in the middle, like a kid's sandcastle. i as an architect am shocked seeing my favourite city in the world disgraced. i did know that americas every political move was steered by economical reasons but to see that it extends into architecture... you definitely are sending a message out to the world: profit is our god.
madelaine - Sunday, August 14th, 2005 @ 12:05am
I like the new design more than the old one. I think building the Freedom Tower is truly going to help our country cope and heal from the pain of 9/11. God bless the U.S.
p.s. the old one looks like we're giving someone the finger..which may not be the worst thing...but still =)
Christine - Saturday, August 13th, 2005 @ 6:24pm
The new plan is a lot better than the previous one, (I think asymmetry is a somewhat disrespectful means of converying the designers opinion or something similar). I would still like to see it higher, to show that America is strong and wil overcome anything and come out on top. I just cant wait to see something where the towers once stood. God Bless America.
John MacHale - Friday, August 12th, 2005 @ 10:52pm
Absolutely spot on!
Andrew - Tuesday, August 9th, 2005 @ 5:31am
I dont like the desing, and i cant stand the fact is so damn small. Make two buildings to resemble the old wtc, and build them the tallest in the world.
Billy - Sunday, August 7th, 2005 @ 2:51pm
I think this is one of those occasions where you have to build bigger and better while still reflecting the original concept. This would be fully acheived with two towers closely resembling the original two main towers, however the new structures should be of record setting proportions (eg. highest occupied floor, highest roof and tallest to top of spire)
mike - Sunday, August 7th, 2005 @ 1:05am
I prefer this than first release. In 2003 i had voted for the think design in Lower Manhattan project developpement but this one is a good accomodation between think and libersky original design. United we stand. John ( Belgium)
John Doudou - Saturday, August 6th, 2005 @ 10:21pm
This design goes along way toward healing the NY skyline. I prefer its simpler design. The void in the skyline there still leaves me with the belief that a 2nd identical toward should be built to fully restore the skyline. It would be a tight fit, but space remains between the location of the original two towers that would allow for their footprint to remain intact, as well as the memorial museum. Just building one seems to me like saying we can get only half way back to what we had before.
Richard - Saturday, August 6th, 2005 @ 10:35am
great building!!! its more difficult make something better that WTC because the people remember how was manhattan with the legendary towers. this building is new and modern but dont forget. i like this.
angel palomo - Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005 @ 7:35am
The orginal Libeskind design was better. But the beam from the top of the building is great. It's a good symbol: America is still strong! I'm happy about new infrastructure in the area around the tower! In mid August I'll visit New York because it's the greatest city in the world!
Simon Lange - Sunday, July 31st, 2005 @ 10:44am
The Architects have indeed done an awesome job.But i as a Civil engineer would want to know who would be or rather who are the structural consultants for this project!!!! Which looks very challenging...
Deeps - Saturday, July 30th, 2005 @ 1:52pm
The concept design is very impressive....A Tree!...and Mr. Thomas Shine gets the Bronze Medal for having the genius to "steal" this from Nature. The Silver Medal of course goes to Mr. David Childs, his builders & New Yorkers for having the temerity to use a design "stolen from a thief!".... Gold is reserved for history which will reveal wherther this building is the most apropriate symbol for freedom.
John - Thursday, July 28th, 2005 @ 12:56pm
At first I didn't think it made enough of a statement but the memorial park which reminds you where the towers once stood is more important. I last saw the site just after the tragedy, and i will back to pay my respects again at what will be a just and respectful memorial to those who died.
Christian - Thursday, July 28th, 2005 @ 3:24am
love it!! but i think they sould make it taller. it was a great idea to make the water fall in the same spot of the two towers.
Chris O'Brien - Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 @ 10:03pm
I think the new freedom tower will be the best tower in the word.
Salvo - Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 @ 5:36pm
You people want New York to speak out? Well I'm from New York City and most of the people here love the Freedom Tower design. You know what? This tower is not going to be in your neighborhood, so if you dont like it, too bad. Most people in this city cant wait to see the tower built. To people who want the grounds to be 100% memorial, you really arent being practical. New York is the financial capital of the world, and we need more office space. Period. It may sound cold, but it is true. To those who think the building is not "interesting," this building isnt supposed to be. It's supposed to be a symbol of freedom and a way to remember victims of terrorism, not a fun project that people are puling out of nowhere.
Jon - Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 @ 7:33am
superbly magnificient monument!
wilson frederick - Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 @ 5:24am
The Freedom Tower redesign looks alot like the cancelled New York Stock Exchange tower, but I think its thicker form blends in with its surroundings better. The sheer spectacle of such a huge building when built will silence condemnations of blandness in my opinion. After all, the original WTC towers where basic grey rectangles of the international style. It was their size a partially their simplicity that made them so magnificent. The redesign of the Freedom Tower is better than the original, which was mostly fancy scaffolding at the top. I am glad that the architects have balanced their ambition to build something completely new with something that also compliment's New York's skyline.
Nik - Tuesday, July 26th, 2005 @ 1:17pm
I think that the new design is bad, I like more the second design because is more creative and impressive. The new design is dissapoint that the old design
MATAMOROS - Monday, July 25th, 2005 @ 8:31pm
I think it's a beautiful building. Can't wait to see it finished.Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I wish the canadians, you know, the ones who want everything from the USA, and refuse to help their neighbor in time of war--the cowards. They should keep their negative opinions to themselves, within their own border. IT'S NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS!!
Paddy - Monday, July 25th, 2005 @ 1:00pm
Yeah, I was a little disappointed on the new design. We should be more original! We should show the power of our nation to the WORLD. It's not so easy...
Dmitry - Monday, July 25th, 2005 @ 3:47am
Besides recreating the streets that were eliminated with the first World Trade Center, these alternate schemes do nothing in regard to good urbanism. Big buildings do not create great cities. Look at Paris and Vienna.
robert - Saturday, July 23rd, 2005 @ 3:20pm
In the early 70's I was working at Geiger & Berger, a structural consulting firm in New York city. David Geiger was responsible of the design of a very large space frame structure for the hangar of the then new Boeing 747, using the Takenaka patented geometry that had many great structural properties. One day I drew a schematic sketch streaching one module using that same geometry that looked very much the same like the last design for the Freedom Tower, and discused the posibility for a skyscraper design. It was a far too advanced idea for those days from a architectural and structural design standpoint (the Hancok and Sears Tower where being built).
Enrique V. Balestrini - Friday, July 22nd, 2005 @ 9:46am
I have to say I wish we were going with the original design, it was so much more beautiful then what has been presented. I think what bothers me most is the antenna, if it could be offset it would add some character and retain a more interesting visual.
Whatever is built should be a beacon of remembrance to all of the loved ones lost on 911, please lets not put up something that looks like an after thought because it's easier then doing the right thing.
Jake - Wednesday, July 20th, 2005 @ 1:20pm
I like this building! I'd like it more if: 1) It were taller 2) The design of the 200' cube base was to be decorated as a memorial. Either a really richly sculpted memorial wrapping the base or a replica of the old WTC skeleton up to the 200' level.
Jason - Monday, July 18th, 2005 @ 2:29pm
It is depressing to see that the original plans have been altered so dramatically, the first rendering of the freedom tower appeared to be far more novel and imaginative, and I agree that the assymetric antena was far cooler. Also by centralising the antena they have lost the link with the statue of liberty, which was also a good idea.
John Matthews - Sunday, July 17th, 2005 @ 3:27pm
the new design is much better than the one proposed earlier.i liked donald trump's idea,but i think this is a far better design.i hoped that they will add another skyscraper that will be the tallest in the world to show the terrorists that they could destroy lives and buildings, but they couldn't destroy the spirit of NEW YORKERS.GOD BLESS AMERICA
ooi yat fai - Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 @ 4:11am
Let's just get something built, so the healing can begin. This hole in the ground four years later is like an open sore that's festering and needs antibiotics. On a personal note, on a trip to Manhatten in 1996, I walked down to the WTC from where I was staying in the Village, because terrorists had tried to bring the building down with the garage bombs in the early 90s. So on my next trip to New York a couple of years later, I went and stood at the bottom of the World Trade Center and was blown away by their sheer elegance. I particularly remember the marble foyers. I can remember exactly what I thought as I pondered what was on the terrorists' minds, thinking that they could bring down these beautiful pieces of architecture, symbols of America, with garage bombs. "Nothing," I thought to myself that sunny June day in 1996, "could bring these buildings down." How proud I was and how wrong I was. I will travel to New York for the cristening of the Freedom Tower and watch proudly as it opens its doors to the public, tears in my eyes. NOW, LET'S JUST GET THE THING BUILT!!! (so I can once again watch older movies that use that classic establishing shot of Manhattan (think "Moonstruck") to let you know that the movie's taking place in NEW YORK, NEW YORK, THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH!!! LET THE BULLDOZING BEGIN!!!
Robert, Los Angeles - Monday, July 11th, 2005 @ 7:51pm
i live close to nyc and think the design is great. the building is an improvement over the wtc but is a great symbol of america rising above the terrorists at a symbolic 1776 feet.
Travis Devine - Monday, July 11th, 2005 @ 8:01am
I think the FT has a v ery good design, allthough it looks a bit like the bank of china building. Libeskind did a very good job!
Gereon - Sunday, July 10th, 2005 @ 2:20pm
I just wanted to say why I gave this new WTC design 5 stars. I thought that building a second tower (One of the other little towers that's closer the Freedom Tower)to be the same hight to replace what was lost but we all know that will never happen. Many died on 9/11 because "two" towers posed huge safety concerns and the main reason was to jump start a lagging 60's & 70's economy and the safety & security of tall buildings wasn't a big concern. But NOW, I feel that were heading in the right direction with the new World Trade Center design. The only complaint that I have is the bottom design of the Freedom Tower (centered for being restraint to truck bombs) could've been redone to make the tower more attractive. On all other things: I like this new tower. And I realize that people (Especially me of course)want the new "Twin Towers 2" with more floors. But we'd be sacrificing even more people if something should happen (In the case of a natural or man-made disaster). Let's learn from history, not repeat it. That's what the MEMORIAL IS FOR!!!
Andrew Giordano - Sunday, July 10th, 2005 @ 9:49am
Improved. Everyone HATED the original WTC when it was first built. They thought it was the most ugly buildings they'd ever seen, and they built two of them even. Then it became a sign of NY and the American dream. Whichever building they build will do the same. We can't replace the original, but we have to rebuild a new buildling. I kinda like one building is one thinking that America is united, and not divided (two buildings). However we are so used to seeing two buildings there. One is better than NONE.
Alex - Thursday, July 7th, 2005 @ 10:38am
Being negative about the rebuilding of a super structure just supports the crackpots, I would have loved to have seen an identical replica (modernised structurely though) of the twin towers, I was obsessed with them and thank god I had the pleasure to grace the roof in 1999, this new structure though is also a fantastic eye catching building and soon to be super famous work of art, just like the towers. I will be visiting as often as possible from the UK throughout the rebuild, and god bless America.
Keith Danks - Wednesday, July 6th, 2005 @ 4:47pm
Better than thee last one, which was simply a cobble of two egos. At least this is more elegant.
BM - Wednesday, July 6th, 2005 @ 7:51am
I think the building is a disgrace to the architectural profession. All of this could be more easily forgiven if it were simply due to bad design. But ground zero is not really being shaped by architects; it is being shaped by politicians. I believe that there should be no building at all and create a park instead
CJP - Tuesday, July 5th, 2005 @ 4:26pm
I believe that the new design lacks the uniqness and creativity thtat the original structure provided. The new building is too conforming and does not do anything good for its purpose, New York City and its sky-line
Freddy Rodriguez - Tuesday, July 5th, 2005 @ 12:12am
This building is okay, but doesn't do any justice to the two towers that were distroyed. This building looks like they put scaffolding on top to give it the height. There should also be two buildings! Building only one building seems like something is missing. Two were destroyed, build two more that are taller and better than the two that are gone. Building only one building doesn't seem to send a strong message to the world that were still here.
Brian - Monday, July 4th, 2005 @ 11:37pm
I like the design, but it lacks what we once had. I believe there should be 2 towers, just like the Twin Towers. First off, this is really not a true reflection on the USA as a World Power. Second, the WTC was our symbol of financial "greatness." The "twin" towers should have the design as before, or better yet, replace them with 2 Freedeom Towers. One with and one without an antenna on the top. That would be the true reflection of the great US of A.
Tim - Hortonville, WI - Monday, July 4th, 2005 @ 10:31am
Thought I’d add an English perspective here. Just seen the new design for the Freedom Tower this morning and I have to agree with most on your site, that it looks great, I don’t understand some people that want the twins back, of course they were fantastic buildings and I was lucky to have taken the lift (sorry elevator) to the very top in 2000. But in life you should never go back, always look to the future, of course always remember the past because it helps shape the future, but to rebuild the twins would have been a mistake. I’m glad people have also emailed you from Chicago (where I’ve also had the pleasure of visiting), which in my opinion has fabulous architecture and certainly rivals New York, so from NY’s perspective it’s important you come up with something special.
Steven Staples - Monday, July 4th, 2005 @ 5:40am
much improved design, reading other comments I believe it should be the tallest in the world 2,630'ft. tall in honor of the victims of 9-11 and a lower tower at 1,776' ft making it back to two!
Wilbert , levittown - Monday, July 4th, 2005 @ 2:46am
It's kind of late now to whine about bringing the original twins back. As I can remember noone, well almost noone wanted those two towers back after 9/11. So the design has changed. I liked the previous one better, but the cage on top...hmm.
The new design is cool. I like it. Plus there is a chance that the tower's base won't look half as bad as it looks on the renderings. 7 WTC has a similar base and they will enclose it in some sort of glass prisms so that they can reflect and follow the people round with light.
Eric - Sunday, July 3rd, 2005 @ 4:04pm
you absolutly have to have two!!!!! no question about it. if they don't build two they're making a huge mistake. i don't think we will ever all agree on the design, but we should all agree that there should be two towers. it's a no brainer. wake up before it's too late!!!
johnny - Saturday, July 2nd, 2005 @ 2:59pm
Not bad, certainly better than the previous design, but could be improved. I agree with the post that complains about the bottom 200 feet; I hope it is not too late to come up with a better answer for both security and esthetic concerns, not to mention wasting about 20 floors of Manhattan real estate.
I would actually have preferred Donald Trump's recent offering. The symbolism of two new, improved World Trade Towers, on the sites of the originals, would be an appropriate thumb in the eye of those who think America deserved that despicable crime. But if I can't have Trump's two towers, then I could get used to this new design.
As for those who liked the old design, the new tower should be for the real world, not unbuildable fantasies only good for generating publicity for the architect.
Phillip Schearer - Friday, July 1st, 2005 @ 9:09pm
What a monstrosity; it's even uglier than the previous design. How sad they could not design a truly magnificent edifice for the Freedom Tower. This structure appears awkward; like it's about to topple over. If they couldn't come up with something spectacular, they should have used the original design with new safety measures in place.
Myron - Friday, July 1st, 2005 @ 11:42am
Great improvement over first design. Still not close to symbolizing American certainty. Make two of them, 1776 METERS tall and fill the entire structure with useful office space so that we can get on with building America's future. The very top floors should be reserved for the State Dapartment.
Edward Clough - Friday, July 1st, 2005 @ 10:23am
Hello to all the viewers and readers take a look the the tower and the words FREEDOM what does it mean that's right more than you can fathom my heart goes out to the people that lost loved ones but remember this those souls are not in any monument or building or flower their in your hearts and mind, I could not even imagine how you feel the only thing I can write is the tower is beautiful just like the twin towers were but there is always time for change and move on the United States is a great Country many have died to give us what we have today we always come back no matter what is thrown in our direction stop bickering it will get you know where.
YOU GO NEW YORK WE STAND RIGHT BEHIND YOU AND I THINK I SPEAK FOR ALOT OF PEOPLE
Remember what Kennedy quoted ask not what you country can do for you,but what you can do for your country
Every one remember the words FREEDOM strong words and GOD BLESS AMERICAN
David LeSage - Friday, July 1st, 2005 @ 5:25am
much better than the horrible birdcage or "eternally building underconstrution design" its modern and respect the beautiful traditional skyline of lower manhattan but it would be great to build TWO! and the city's skyline is whole again.bringing back the familiar and much missed view of the mighty American towers rising from the horizon.
Wilbert NYC - Friday, July 1st, 2005 @ 1:11am
I think the previous project was much better. I believe architecture should be built on concepts where the space is used to make the people feel free and willing to meet people, or to keep in touch by living/working the same space. Despite of its name, the new project sacrifices the concept of freedom that iconicallly was represented in the previous one through big glass windows and shapes open on the city. I feel this project represents a fortress, and gives the image of a society frightened and closed in its civilization, without the capacity of challenging its ideas and ideals with other cultures: I strongly believe that this is not the NY shape the american people deserve. It might be very resistant against terrorists, but if you are frightened inside a safe, would you say you are "free"? Walls and ceilings are not the only important things in a building, no matter of how thick they are..
Paolo Slaviero - Thursday, June 30th, 2005 @ 1:29pm
I am disappointed in this latest design. Ground level security is understandable, but an incongruent solid wall seems unimaginative. And why the change to the central boring antenna tower from the more interesting asymetrical design? Compromises and lack of imagination are ruining a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a world-class piece of architecture and symbolism.
Phil - Thursday, June 30th, 2005 @ 11:46am
This new Freedom Tower design is uninspiring and devoid of any originality. I am extremely displeased. Ground Zero in deserving of more than another “glass box”, lets rise to the challenge, and not accept this mediocrity. Speak out New York!
Jae Rivera - Thursday, June 30th, 2005 @ 11:32am
Anything other than rebuilding a modernized version of Twin Towers is an embarrassing, un-American capitulation to terrorists. To all the morons who say "no one will work in a building that high anymore," I say "wake up!" One, many people around the world, including in the U.S., work in tall towers like the old WTC towers. Two, by the time they are built, it won't be US working in them, it will be people who are kids today -- and they will barely remember the attacks. The fact that politics has ruined this project is a tragedy.
Ben - Thursday, June 30th, 2005 @ 9:34am
This will be a most magnifity building of whole world.And i am very happy because she is in the best city of whole world NEW YORK CITY.
NO name - Thursday, June 30th, 2005 @ 9:22am
The appearance from a distance is great, but the 30 ft. windowless wall of stone will leave the surrounding area feeling like a fortress. New York is not just a pretty face!!!
Steven - Thursday, June 30th, 2005 @ 6:24am
To satisfy everyone, and to show the world you can't kill the american spirit, build two towers, both designs, that way each tower will have a particular meaning to everyone who see's them.
Gene - Thursday, June 30th, 2005 @ 4:45am
I think anything other than putting the twin towers back up is a slap in the face to many. I am one among many who lost a lot of friends in 911 and had family/friends get really sick helping afterwards... For all that its worth for all the talk about it being sacred ground... if you are building there anyway then whats the difference... My vote goes with Donald Trump... Build the twin towers back up and one floor higher anything else is a let down to me and many others. New York doesnt look or feel the same without them... The City looks so sad and empty. Like we went from The City that never sleeps to The City that always cries. Put the towers back were they are supposed to be.
Alicia O'Neal - Thursday, June 30th, 2005 @ 2:34am
I beleive that the new tower will look great,but no matter how beautiful it will look,please let's not forget those poor souls that lost their lives on September 11,2001. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Oscar H. - Thursday, June 30th, 2005 @ 12:17am
The design is nice and i have been to the old twin towers once myself when I stopped in New York after flying back from the first gulf war. I think that all americans should stand by whatever design they come up with. None of us are doing the prodject and to be honest no matter hwat it looks like or how tall it is will not replace the lives that were lost but reminds us of what happened that terrible day in 2001. We need to embrace the design and think of all those lives lost and the families. Know one shot down the Statue of liberty on how that looks and if they did we still look at that as a sign of our freedom here. Lets look at this new tower as a sign of we are not backing down from noone and you cannot break apart our freedom and liberty and we can rebuild whatever you destroy and make it better.
Mike - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 11:59pm
I like both the new and old design. The old one is more contemparary than the second one. But the old design should stay in New York and the new Trump design should come to Chicago. Kidding, the new one is cool and the old is unique. Goodluck
Tina from Chicago - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 11:06pm
I was born in the Bronx and watched the trade center go up over the years...my dad was an architect in the bronx. There will never be anything like the old trade center...I like Donald Trumps idea...the new tower is nice though...we should never forget all who died there for us...when it is completed everyone should go and see it...and support the greatest city in the world...
Carol Davis - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 10:59pm
I think this is a great design. Much better than the last design. Although I wish you could built TWIN towers instead the concept of this new building is exciting. I look forward to visiting it when it's done. I didn't get to visit the original when I was in NYC in July 2001 because I didn't have time and I regret it, but I look forward to visiting the Freedom Tower.
Alan - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 10:55pm
The Libeskind design had grace. It's lines evoked those of our Statue of Liberty. The new prismatic design reminds of a square piece of wood, whittled down.
Richard W. Evans - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 10:22pm
I like the new tower and think that it adds a modern architectural advancement touch to the surrounding area -- If it is "Built in the U.S.A." I am "For It All The Way."
Richard W. Guest - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 10:20pm
We should rebuild the old WTC towers exactly like they were (on the outside). Obviously, inside modernize the structure and construction. They knocked it down. We rebuilt it. It's the skyline we and world wanted and are used to.
DaveW - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 9:05pm
I think it's disgraceful and giving offense to moral sensibilities that a new style of building is going up. Donald has it right, rebuild with dignity and honor (which the architect's seem to have lost). The new design reminds me of a hypodermic syringe thrusted menacingly to the sky, injecting the surrounding's with a harmful influence.The Twin Tower's may have been destroyed by the terrorists or whoever but this new design will destroy the ideology and integrity of the once great New York City. Pretty sad eh?
Lawrence B. - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 8:15pm
I really liked the previous design better because it had more of a sleek and clean futuristic design. This one just looks like a big box with a needle on top. To me The previous design defined New york's beauty.
Nick - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 8:13pm
The new Freedom Tower design is 100 percent better then the other so called building. I still like Trumps idea, but this skyscraper will do. I'm just not sure why it's going to take 5 years to finish, making it 9 years to get NY back in business. I can't wait to see the finished product.
Ron - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 7:24pm
All of you americans who criticized the old design of the freedom tower, and are now criticizing the new design, should be greatful that you live in a country that can manage to build such a tall building, if you all keep complaining and pushing for a design change, the project will never get off the ground, think about it, would it be better to have no freedom tower at all. overall, I give this design 5 stars, despite what some may think about it
GH - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 6:47pm
The Twin Towers had class. This does not. It's a giant spike, nothing else. It even cheats because the last of its height isn't even building, but a giant antenna, which does not even begin to evoke the torch of the Statue of Liberty. The old complex had several towers. This new one should have combined all the square footage of the old ones into three towers, two very tall ones rising somewhat above the skyline and one super tall one even higher than the old towers. No fakey antennas, no oddball angles, just a clean, aesthetically pure tower--a real skyscraper, not a thing that looks like an umbrella stuck into the ground with a nail on top.
Richard Racy - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 5:43pm
I like the new design. Good balance between the new buildings and the memorial area. I'm a New Yorker who's been in the Air Force for 18 years, and haven't been back to NYC since 9/11. I will definitely visit this new complex when it's complete. Well done!
Joe - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 4:38pm
I didn't like and unliked, I just think the tower in this shape isn't good, because it's look weak and fragile, I went ones in the top of one of the original tower, and it's seems more strong than this new tower.
Eduardo - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 4:18pm
I loved the old design it was innovative and beautiful. The new design is a big disappointment in regards to style but it has a very profound meaning and I back it up with all my heart.
Eugenio - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 4:02pm
Build Two!!!.. then it will be a FIVE... I saw the first hold being dug for the Twin Towers when I was about 12 .. Recently I saw the second hold being dug for the subway station again. Who would have ever imagined! Visiting was both healing and eye opening to the Devastation and Anger even years after the event. Build TWO !!! .. and make the other surrounding buliding have individual character.
gb - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 3:23pm
Though from Canada, I've lived in NYC since early 2001. When the original new design came out I was really pleased with the one they chose. I liked the tower design a lot, especially the angles and torque, and I prefer it to the new design. I don't understand why moving it 60 feet and creating a stronger base meant the entire tower needed to be changed. But I am more upset that the tower seems to have been surrounded with cookie cutter replicas of a boring square office blocks. Even if office space is so desperately needed (which I don't believe), why those boring blocks? Why not more of the beautifully angled buildings in the original design?
kb - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 1:53pm
I want new Twins on the site, but this new design, unlike the former FT, is a lot better. It looks like a cross between the NYSE Tower design (which I liked) and one of the original WTC towers (which was also great). Combined, they make a magnificent structure that evokes the Twins in many ways. The observation deck is at the level of the original twins, and the building is also used to the top, despite having less than 110 floors. The base could use some improvement, though. Also, this building needs a twin, and then I would be completely satisfied.
WTQuagmire - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 1:49pm
HUGE improvement!, Finally it's a skyscraper not a skytickler.
(Now just straighten the edges, build two, and we're back in business!)
The arhchitect still seems determined to incorporate some sort
of clever architectural "gag" in the design. (twisting/complicated geometry) I'm sure he's had great fun with his auto-cad software (esp. old design), but this isn't a Ripley's believe-it-or-not.
I can't describe the project's symbolism as well as others have here, but I think it should avoid looking like a frivolous architectural experiment.
This is a leap in the right direction!
Steve - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 1:41pm
One more thing, if we want to be at the symbolic 1776 feet, great, let's stay there, build one heck of a building and who cares about who's the tallest. But if we decide that we wan to be the tallest, then lets build one heck of a building that's 2,379 feet tall, one foot for ever one of the victims, Patriots that never made it home. (I believe that's the correct number)Then lets put some sort of plaque system on one side or each corner with a different name of each person going up, leaving the top one for the NYC Fire Department chaplain who was the first firefighter to go as he was giving last rites to a fallen hero.
Merlin - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 1:10pm
Redesign it! If the one with the triangular sides and no wind turbines is the latest, then it's a step in the right direction, but not all the way. If it's built like this, as an American, I will stand behind it, and defend it against anything. The old design was horrible. I agree with many comments regarding it's unfinished look. But the new design seems to be too "flimsy" looking (for lack of a better term). Look at the Chrysler building, the Empire State Building, even the Citibank Building. All are massive, strong structures, reflecting the strength of our country. Design the Freedom Tower as our freedom has grown and been challenged. Instead of huge slabs of glass and steel, create something that has dimension, with tiers and different heights. Make the building have a look so if one were to stare at it, you could see the story of our country, as it has grown from humble beginnings, to winning its Independence, and grown into the strongest country in the world. It's not hard to do. It's not like you have to have massive reliefs in it. Subtle tiers will do it. Materials could be changed from maybe stone or brick at the base (humble beginnings) and as it rises the materials advance, becoming the absolute latest and greatest at the very top. Also, people should be all the way to the top, the very, very top. Give everyone that wants to the highest vantage point for giving the "bird" to all those that deserve it. No one is afraid, not Americans! We will go as high up there as we can. Also, the building overlooks the memorial and final resting place for Patriots of this country. Wether it be not enough, or perfectly simple will be a matter of opinion, but the Freedom Tower will stand at this site, and therfore should be a memorial in itself, reaffirming to those that stand below and look up, as well as to the rest of the world that this country cannot be destroyed, cannot be divided, cannot be felled, and will continue to triumph, continue to stand, and that our flag, and our buildings will continue to fly and stand over this piece of dirt for a very, very, very long time, if not forever. And while were at this redisign, let's make sure that it's a memorial and building that looks like it'll punch the living daylights out of anyone who tries to hurt it.
Merlin - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 1:03pm
It's really beautiful. Things will never be the same as before that massacre of so many innocent people. It would be wrong just to rebuild as before. Sure it would show the world that America can rebuild but this says the same thing while not pretending that nothing happened.The whole world will never be the same but this will give New York something positive for the future and I for one will visit it.
Martin - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 12:27pm
I love how the building is triangular, rather than having straight edges all the way up. I don't think the top is soooo bad, and I beleive the spire has some sort of shadow trick in which it points to somethin g at a certain time, or something like that. It is better to have a good design, which this is, and quality memorials than to worry about being tallest in the world.
J. Console - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 10:50am
I would rather have seen the older design that would have cast the shadows of the other buildings when they fell, but I have to say that this too is a good design. I believe that it would have been better if they incorporated more of the ideas from the previous designs memorial structures as well.
David - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 10:49am
I'm not impressed with the Freedom Tower. It looks like a radio station building with a high antenna! Plus how simple of just adding 2 pools to remember those lost in September 11th. Those who lost their lives deserve better!!
Carlos - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 10:44am
I am very impressed and excited for this building to go up. We need to build bigger and better to prove to the rest of the world that we are strong and will overcome. We are not cowards and by getting back up and rebuilding even bigger we are showing them that they will never defeat us.
Tiffany - Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 10:35am
I was really fascinated by the architeture of the FT. It looks like it will bring new spirit to New York.... Its like a new star born not only on the sky above New York but in the hearts of the people that lost their love ones on September 11th, as well. Rebuilding the WTC will only show Americas' inability to move on. I am not sure that anyone will be able to make profits and expand businesses on the ground where thousands of people lost their lives. Its not as if you need to show to the world that you are able to rebuild, but to show that you really care and have the strenght to be even better...I've never been to NY even though I would really love to. However, taking a picture next to the rebuild WTC would be like taking a picture with a living ghost....the Twin Towers can never be the same again, caring the symbol of NY as they used to....so, go ahead, create and build that impressive star above the sky of New York!!!
Despina - Monday, June 27th, 2005 @ 10:32pm
I really couldn't choose between 2 or 3 stars. The building design is very interesting, and I always thought tht something "21st-century" should go there, but I'm not sure this is the right building. I don't think the WTC should be rebuilt as it was. What I think I really dislike (or even hate) about this design is the top scaffolding-looking thing. Just horrible. And how arrogant are we that it HAS to be the tallest building in the world? It definitly has to taller than the other buildings in lower Manhattan - 80 stories is a good size. I think the scaffolding is on there ONLY so that it can get to the symbolic 1776-foot mark, and that is the wrong reason it should be there in the 1st place. I do however, really like the renderings for the memorial area, which takes up as much space as possible - as it should. I love the reflecting pools that mark the footprints of the original towers. But, it looks like this will be the building design so I guess we should all just get used to it.
Jason - Friday, June 24th, 2005 @ 7:27am
The building to me is too inconsistant with the the shapes however I think that that caould be good a thing because now it brings a more up to date feel to an old city. And to all who went through 9/11 God bless you all. Don't let what happened bring you down. Let this incident make you stronger.
Christopher Wiggins - Thursday, June 23rd, 2005 @ 2:11pm
Ich finde das es ein cooles gebäude sein wird auf das ihr alle stolz sein könnt!
Schöne Grüße aus Dem Münsterland!!!
Automatix - Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005 @ 2:45pm
I Think That This Is Going to be Great if the Freedom Tower is built.
Omar - Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005 @ 12:01pm
An impressive architicture ! The turbines in the tower... WOW !!! It's a fantastic modern building. Good luck...
Nick - Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005 @ 9:04am
it'a time to move ahead. i think the new design is bold and daring, which is really a good thing. It show's new confidence and the people of us are ready. if the WTC is build the same as before, it shows we are still clinging to the past and not progressing, not moving on. It's time for a new landmark. Gd luck to the designers.
kean - Wednesday, June 15th, 2005 @ 9:36pm
I am extremely dissapointed with this design. It is a disgrace to those who lost their lives on September 11. It would have been more appropriate to restore the buildings to send the message (to the guilty parties) that Americans can rebuild. What this is, is a change, which sends the wrong message: "You attacked us and we changed."
Greg Lloyd Smith - Wednesday, June 15th, 2005 @ 11:29am
I like the design. But I believe that it should be 100% usable space inside bottom to top. I wouldn't be scared to go and work in it, even it if it had a bulls eye painted on the side. I would feel like I was giving the finger to all who helped take the towers down. It seems to me that if we build a shell of a building it would say to the rest of the world that, underneath we are still scared of them. To go all the way to the top is the only way to go.
Jim Johnson - Thursday, June 9th, 2005 @ 12:17am
We are concerned for the safety of those who will work in this new building. We do not want anymore lives lost to terrorists.
Ms. Dunlap's Summer School Class - Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 @ 11:15am
I think it's an impressive structure, with great architecture and it will symbolize something else than a building, it will be in memory of all the people and heroes who die for freedom.
Yon Luque - Monday, June 6th, 2005 @ 8:52am
I don't necessarily believe that the original design should be reconstructed, but I think that would be better than this Freedom Tower design. The only good thing about this building is the name. Freedom Tower has a great sound to it, but the building looks like it would topple over without any help from terrorists. I think that the new building should pay tribute to all those souls lost, but we can't forget that it must be functional. Good luck to the final decision makers in this process. I do hope that you don't chose this complete design though.
Mike - Thursday, June 2nd, 2005 @ 3:51pm
Thank you Donald Trump for using your celebrity and media savvy to get the word out....Rebuild the Towers! Americans can be proud as each floor is rebuilt to the Sky in defiance of the senseless destruction. Nothing else will do for now and future generations! THINK ABOUT IT, THEN DO IT! NOW!
Thomas - Wednesday, June 1st, 2005 @ 10:20pm
I like the idea that America is taking action against these terrorists not only in the Middle East, but at home as well. The name "Freedom Tower" is a symbol that all Americans can follow. I also like that it's like telling the insurgents that all we got was a bloody nose from the 9/11 attacks.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Michael Denison - Wednesday, June 1st, 2005 @ 4:08pm
This is a great idea to rebiuld what was lost but the top looks like a light show rather then a biulding and looks "empty"
Jason - Wednesday, June 1st, 2005 @ 3:56pm
i have always believed in freedom and freedom shall it be.i visited the twin towers three times before.i feel now that a part of me has gone when i went back to ground zero .god praise the american nation and god bless U S A against all evil.may the new towers raise higher than before and look upon the skyline of newyork again
freddy - Tuesday, May 31st, 2005 @ 7:59am
I was terrible affected by the awfult event that day. I offer my respects to all americans for that sucess. I hope this beautiful tower can be a menssage for all the world. The peace could be a tru if everybody work for it.
Ivan Ramos Garcia - Friday, May 27th, 2005 @ 3:00pm
Magnific structure showing mankind we all should be proud of our planet. I think of it as the representation of planet earth standing above beliefs and telling everyone we all belong together sharing the same origin.
Emidio Teixeira - Friday, May 27th, 2005 @ 10:58am
It's sad to see so many of you say the design is hideous and ugly because it's not. Does it fit with NY?? Not really but that doesn't take away from the design. The people in charge of selecting this one entry out of millions should be put to blame. Not the architect. Trump is an idiot who wants publicity and he's attacking the wrong person. By the way..in my book, this structure shows that NY will be one of the few states in the US with the courage to move to modern architecture and leave classic architecture in the past.
Nuder - Friday, May 27th, 2005 @ 12:35am
Yes, i see your point about the towers being built again... bigger and better! A few weeks after the towers collapsed I was hoping that they would build them again, but I thought that they would be very ghostly, and no disrespect to the towers...but they weren't architecturally beautiful. They were a sign of power at a time where the stock market wasn't good at all! It was merely a false icon of a suffering and strained American economy!
I'm not sure that it would be financially clever to build the two towers again, considering that the towers' occupancy was only at 65%! Also I don't think companies would want to risk being based in a resurection, where thousands of people died. If New York did build the towers again (as the tallest in the world) within a few years/months time Asia would take over the title (as they seem to be doing) and New York would be left with a scar once again. It isn't about being the biggest, it's about being the best and more spectacular. Just look at the Taipei 101 (tallest is the world, TAIWAN), in my opinion i don't like the look of it at all, it may be the tallest in the world but people aren't even rushing out to see it!
It was brave of The Donald to raise his point on such an emotional subject.
Steve Parr - Thursday, May 26th, 2005 @ 7:51pm
Overall a very nice design that oozes creativity and thought. It seems a pity the design is entirely different from the original, but America must move on from the terrible atrocities of September 11 2001.
Peter Russell - Thursday, May 26th, 2005 @ 7:32pm
Impressive in the close ups. Innovative design yet reminiscent of the Twin Towers at the base. Perhaps too frivolous an image to have windmills and I expect they would not power even 20% of the building. I like the poignant symbolism at the top of the building and the idea of massive gardens on the "roof" is very interesting. The light show will add a nice counter point to the lights at the top of the Empire State Building. We need a building to make a statement about what happened, not a proud copy of what is lost. I think this design will do nicely.
Marshall T. - Thursday, May 26th, 2005 @ 7:03pm
There was no "democratic process" in choosing the design for the WTC site. Governor Pataki just used his authority to override the LMDC and chose the Freedom Tower. New Yorkers don't want the Freedom Tower. We want the Twin Towers to rise again, taller, stronger, and better before. Those of you who say the Freedom Tower, remember that the usable space won't be as large as say the Twin Towers unveiled by Donald Trump. Scrap The Freedom Tower, scrap the entire memorial,and give us the Gardner-Belton plan put forth by Donald Trump.
Thomas Keenan - Thursday, May 26th, 2005 @ 6:16pm
I love the new renderings of this building! It is so beautiful! The only thing that i dont like about this building is the windmills at the top! What is that all about? I hope they arent clearly visble! It will look too industrial! Fantastic design though! I really hope it becomes the tallest in the world! Give the title back to NYC, where it belongs.
Steve Parr - Thursday, May 26th, 2005 @ 8:39am
exlant design good luck
mohamed abdelhameed - Thursday, May 26th, 2005 @ 4:20am
The design looks unfinished, with the "jaunty" angular tops of the buildings and the irregular shape. My first reaction is that this design is meant to convey "this is level at which these buildings were hit" and were deliberately left with an unfinished or quasi-demolished appearance to point that out.
The needle appears nebulous and insubstantial.
This is NOT what I think the design should evoke.
Rather, this should be an image of strength and determination and power.
Henaynei - Wednesday, May 25th, 2005 @ 8:40pm
The design looks unfinished, with the "jaunty" angular tops of the buildings and the irregular shape. My first reaction is that this design is meant to convey "this is level at which these buildings were hit" and were deliberately left with an unfinished or quasi-demolished appearance to point that out.
The needle appears nebulous and insubstantial.
This is NOT what I think the design should evoke.
Rather, this should be an image of strength and determination and power.
Henaynei - Wednesday, May 25th, 2005 @ 7:05am
A real disaster. The best thing that could happen is that this project tanks and they go back to the drawing board. While the WTC towers stuck their chest out to the world, the so-called Freedom Tower sticks its (empty) hand up meekly above the surrounding skyline and says "psst...down here". Get the insurance companies out of the design process and come up with something worthy of the site.
Rich Chambers - Saturday, May 21st, 2005 @ 2:59am
Where was mister "You're Fired" in 2001 when his voice would have mattered? Oh, yes, dealing with his bankrupt casino empire. Now that he's trying to reinvent himself as "Mister New York" and needs to get his face out there because ratings for "The Apprentice" have tanked, he cares.
He's a showman, and all this is just about getting more face time for himself.
Mike - Friday, May 20th, 2005 @ 12:43pm
Born & raised in NYC, had been to the WTC many times for pleasure & business. The Libeskind design could be nice...in Seattle, Las Vegas, or many other cities, but NOT NY. There were much better designs presented during the selection process that fit in to the NY downtown architecture, rather than 70 stories of offices with scaffolding on top like this one. Trump is right, and I think that most people in NY (not the "arts and croissant" crowd) want the Trump design. The process is probably too far gone now, but if anybody can finally get this project started and finished, it's Trump.
Paul W - Friday, May 20th, 2005 @ 10:40am
Great looking building. But not for this spot in NY. Looking like a crystal, it doesn't fit. This is sacred ground, the new building should replace what is lost, or represent those who died there in a more sombre, less artsy way.
Justin - Friday, May 20th, 2005 @ 5:25am
First, if they're planning on putting gardens in the upper levels, the "Empty" look will be gone. Second, I think it sends the message that if you take it down, we will come back larger, stronger, and better.
Arthur - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 9:32pm
SIMPLY MARVELOUS! this building is excellent in every way possible. those of you who are from allied countries and criticised the design, saying it was iffy, you may be friends of the U.S. but you have no idea how deep a cut september elventh left and what this tower means to most of us, it might not seem beautiful to you but the new building will be safe and economical, do you have any idea how difficult it would be to get buisnesses to rent office space as high up as they did in the WTC in the new building, it being such a smack in the face to terrorists an what they stand for. and as for those who claim asia has become more innovative and suphisticated with their skyscrapers, we still have the empire state building, though it is no longer the tallest building on earth (as it was for 40 years)it was built in 1932, do you have any idea how large of an accomplishment that was durring tha t time period. during the great depression. it may not be for you but to me The Empire State BUilding will always be the greatest building on the face of the earth (now that WTC is no longer around)
Garrett Holloway - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 6:33pm
I am impressed with the innovative design of the building and am especially taken with the wedge of light but I still feel the building is not the proper symbol of the american spirit. As a Gulf War veteran and still having close ties with active duty continuing to fight, I feel this tower is not just a symbol of those who lost thier lives on 9/11, but ALL who have died for our country in our nation's history. I read an article in CNN that said the designer was reluctant to build the tower past 70 usable floors for fear that the higher office spaces 'would be less desireable'. Americans may be many things but we are not cowards. I do not agree with Trump's vision of replacing the towers as they were but I want to see a building that depicts us, all americans, as we are. We are not always beautiful and elegant as this structure, but we are strong and defiant. I want to see a mighty building raised like a defiant fist to the sky that proclaims for all to see that we will not cower like whipped dogs when we are struck down, that we will rise and stand stronger than before.
Christynemarie - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 5:55pm
Don't like the design (as a student in Design and architecture), it's message is deep but I don't believe it's the way to go, I do like the idea of Trump who wants to rebuild the Twin Towers only better and slightly taller...It is however daring indeed
Martin - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 3:18pm
I think the scaffolding is stupid, empty looking. It look like an unfinishing, artsy test. I totally agree with trump. Make it a building to be proud of, not this unfinished looking apology for architure.
david balascak - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 1:12pm
Eh, I think it is a bit ugly, but I don't want the towers simply rebuilt as they were. I would be pleased if the angles were more consistent. However, major change in design was necessary to reflect the spirit of the American people and to make the new construction a symbol of our ideals.
Danielle Haley - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 1:07pm
I shouldn't have been, but I was surprised at the volatility of Trump's description of the Freedom Tower. I don't fully agree with him, but I do have some reservations about it's design. The problem, as I see it, is that the design really focuses on a nighttime aesthetic, which is absolutely gorgeous. But, during the day, it looks like a twisted piece of metal and glass. Is it not possible to accomplish both? That's obviously a rhetorical question since we see so much wonderful architecture that does, indeed, accomplish both.
Stan Cunningham - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 12:12pm
This is tuff, the design is beatiful and very modern, but it's not New York City... It will definalty stick out like a sore tumb... As a New Yorker I argree with Mr. Trump.. I believe the design should stay the same... Why let terroist win the battle.. You may hurt us and knock us down, but we will come back and stand tall and take pride in what we and our anciters have known to be New York City...
Lisa - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 11:01am
The design of this building is genius. The changing way that it will reflect light as the day progresses. It will still dominate the sky at night.
Matthew Leeds - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 10:58am
After what Mr. trump said I had to take a closer look at what the FT proposal. I compared it with the picures I took from New York when I was there and unfortunately Trump is right. The WTC should be rebuilt - as it used to be! It was a symbol and as a symbol it shouldnt be replaced by soemthing that looks "strange" to me! It doesnt look like NY anymore - more like a Mars station.
Frederick - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 7:54am
I think the "Freedom Tower" should be built somewhere else. Its a cool looking building, but not an appropriate replacement for the twin towers. BTW, I disagree with Donald Trump. The new WTC should not look like the exact replica of the old one. Something symbolizing power and stregnth; something the tells the terriosts that we cannot be broken or frightened should be put in place.
MZ - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 3:28am
As a young American, I witnessed the horrific events of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC. I cried along with the rest of the country. I helped organize a drive at my high school to send supplies to ground zero because we couldn't go. This building that has been designed is beautiful. It is innovative, just as we Americans are innovative. It is adaptive just as Americans are. The turbines in the tower are very imaginative and very environmentally aware. The symbolic gestures the architect made in the designs are significant to Americans and New Yorkers. The height, the spiring arm, the bridge cables. This building is going to show the world what it means to be an American. The terrorists may have thought they'd taken down one of our great symbols, but you cannot hurt something that isn't tangible. 1,776 feet, the height of the building, the year we declared our independence from Great Britain. The spiring arm in honor of the Statue of Liberty given to us by our allies, the French. To hurt those things and what they mean to us, a terrorist would have to go into the hearts and minds of every American citizen and erase the memory of what these things mean. It can't be done. I believe that a revamped design of the original towers would be a bad idea, especially with "the Donald" behind the wheel. This isn't about him. It's about us. It's about America. For him to even suggest is appaling to me and quite frankly it disgusts me. As for the designers of the Freedom Tower, I say well done. I'll be there when it opens, carrying a white candle for all those who lost their lives that clear morning in Manhattan. God Bless America
Ashley Craig - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 1:42am
Sorry, Donald Trump is right. The revised plan is much better than the original, but the top still looks like an erector set patched together with Super Glue
Put the Twin Tower back in
ANODIZED GOLD Aluminum to give it some warmth.
David Anthony Richelieu - Thursday, May 19th, 2005 @ 1:10am
A fantastic Building and a very impressive architicture.
Ron - Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 @ 11:26pm
I think the symbolism of the building is fantastic. You'll never please everyone but I like the idea that on Sept 11 each year from 846- 1028 the tower will have no shadow. This sends a huge message to the outside world in memory of those that lost their lives in the WTC. Many are overlooking this fact. I"m not an architect or designer but I would think to incorporate the shadow factor in memory of the twin towers would only give limited choices. The world will adapt to whatever is placed on the site. Bless all involved for the ideas and meanings given in planning.
Al - Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 @ 10:22pm
This is gorgeous! I had to take a look when I heard Donald Trump say the design was 'skeletal'. I expected something ugly and am like that I have been surprised by something so lovely.
Sandralah - Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 @ 8:06pm
i agree with donald trump, the biulding is disgusting. the fact that the top of the building is a skeliton means that the united states and the people of the united states have given in to the fear. At first i liked the idea of such a tall tower, something to show the terrorist that we are not afraid, and 1776 is very symbolic and patriotic. However the new building looks like someone took the trade senter, made it shorter, gave it an indian burn and then added a skeliton of a building to the top so if a terrorist crashes into it they will only take down a frame of a building. This design is a symbol of fear, not a symbol of hope and of patriots. We should rebuild the towers to look like the original, make them stronger and maybe a little taller as a kick in the butt o the terrorist.
david - Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 @ 6:59pm
It ie essential that we rebuild what was destroyed. That is the American and New York way. To claim that a building with only 70 stories of usuable spance is the world tallest is embarassing and does not do justice to those who died on 9/11.
Brett Boulton - Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 @ 11:23am
I am extremely dissapointed with this design. It is a disgrace to those who lost their lives on September 11. The design of a memorial like this, it needs to be more innovative and send a message of power. A lot more thought should have been put into this.
Julie - Saturday, May 14th, 2005 @ 2:49pm
The two words I have to describe The Freedom Tower are "How Beautiful". Sept 11 changed our lives forever & building something different & this beautiful is the right thing to do. To rebuild the Twin Towers as they were as a memorial, why? Did those that said that not read the part in the article that there will be a least 17 memorials on this site. Life after Sept 11 has been altered forever & so should ground zero. Something new & fresh is whats called for, to remind us that life goes on & we can overcome ANYTHING!
Nicole A - Saturday, May 14th, 2005 @ 12:04pm
As a person who visited the top of the World Trade Centre and worked there in the 1980's I felt a bond with the original building and saw its profound impact on the city of New York. That being said, I feel that the new Freedom Tower is the most dynamic and powerful piece of architecure that other buildings (Grollo Tower, Petronas Centre, BBC SoCal Tower) will aspire to. Still we all know that the CN Tower in Toronto has Freedom Tower beat. But this isn't about NY versus the world. this is a tribute to the thousands who were martyred by troubled people with troubled minds and the psychopaths who use them. Feel proud that a new WTC will rise phoenix-like from the old, and that although you were knocked down, we will rise up again and NO ONE will dare bring us down.
Snoopy Chrysler - Friday, May 13th, 2005 @ 6:22pm
After the shock on 9/11 wore off and I began to think about what should go in the place of the twin towers, I thought it should be the most modern, cutting edge building. this Freedom Tower is half there. I believe it had to be at least the 70 stories it is, if not more. I really like the wedge of light, but really, really don't like the "scaffolding" section around the antennas. I'm not even an architect, but I have better ideas for the top portion than what the designers came up with. I hope it looks better finished than it does in the digital world.
Jason King - Friday, May 13th, 2005 @ 6:41am
A lovely building,I think a lot of thought has been put in it. It cant touch the Twin Towers, God bless thoses people and America
Mark Adams - Thursday, May 12th, 2005 @ 5:31pm
I read all of these and while most make good points many are just ignorant... while honoring those who were lost is the most iportant we must also remember that the WTC were for businesses... manhattan island is very cluttered and space is limited many have died in spirit as there companies became backrupt with no place to relocate... it is issential that these small and large busineses alike to have another shot... i must also say the slab of light is a brilliant beacon of freedom and individuality while i dont agree with the structure it was chosen to be placed upon... i will be shure to revisit nyc september 11th after completion of this monument... my first visit to america was sept. 11th 2001...
Jordan Westfall - Thursday, May 12th, 2005 @ 5:13pm
I'm so excited about the Freedom Tower, and can't wait to visit NYC when it's all finished!
Laurie - Saturday, May 7th, 2005 @ 10:00pm
I am having a difficult time understanding how this building can be considered disepectful to all who have lost in the 9/11 attacks? If you like it or not, it doen't matter unless you were PERSONALLY affected by the awful event that day.
Quite a few of the final decision makers regarding the design were, so quite crying over the "poor design".
Trey - Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 @ 7:32pm
The concept of wind turbines on top to supply electricity to the building below could begin a new era in skyscraper design of the future. I like it.
Charles - Saturday, April 30th, 2005 @ 11:46am
This building will stand as a symbol to our great nation, AMEN!
Al Cadena - Wednesday, April 27th, 2005 @ 5:11pm
Born and raised on the Lower East Side, The Twin Towers was a part of my everyday life. When they was destroyed it was like someone came into my house and stole from me. I love the new idea of The Freedom Tower, and i hope it will become a permenant fixture in my home again... Born and raised, Lower East Side's own...
Rockeem Magbie - Wednesday, April 27th, 2005 @ 3:56pm
i visited the twins twice and twice i felt great and i visited ground zero and i felt
an empty space in my heart . . . and i´ll visit freedomtower to fill the empty space
the lord bless the new yorkers
Hans Theo Voss - Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 @ 2:32pm
Growing up as a child, I would always enjoy looking at the WTC Towers from the Newport dock in Jersey City. But ever since the attacks of September 11, the New York skyline has not been the same and neither has the spirit of NY, the spirt of NY has only gotten stronger and NYC has proven to the world that we are a brave city. And I believe that the addition of the Freedom Towers to the NY skyline will be a bold representation that this city well deserves. All praises to God!
Dan Kim - Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 @ 5:03am
I've been fortunate to have stood on top of the WTC South Tower half a dozen times throughout the 80's and 90's, and the view was astonishing! This new building will have 2 observation decks -- one at 1500 feet, making it the world's HIGHEST observation deck!
Bob Moretti - Sunday, April 17th, 2005 @ 7:45pm
In 1991 I had the chance to visit the World trade center. I just loved it! I was desperate to emulate King Kong. But I had to go up just like everybody else by lift. I cried when I saw, like most of us, what happened on that horrible day. I though that Human civilisation was in danger. They wound is still open for many of us, but at least somebody is thinking at the future and I'm happy that a great city like New York is curing his scar. Light and Bold , looking at the future ! this is just a comment looking at picture and I'm looking forward to climd this new structure! Well done
Roberto Di Gioacchino - Thursday, April 14th, 2005 @ 6:22pm
Freedom Tower is NOT what it deserves to be called. It is more of a Twisted Sister. A 70 story building with a cage on top is NOT the way to replace 110 story marvels. America is a nation that rebuilds, but this is NOT rebuilding. It is an insult to New York and an insult to America and an insult to the world. NEW TWIN TOWERS are the only true things that can fit within those 16 acres. Otherwise, we surrender to Al Qaeda and allow them to control the NYC skyline and with it, America.
Joshua - Thursday, April 14th, 2005 @ 5:49pm
I love how the building twists and turns. It is a beautiful piece of architecture. It does the two towers justice.
Joe Gray - Thursday, April 14th, 2005 @ 2:28pm
I love how the building twists and turns. It is a beautiful piece of architecture. It does the two towers justice.
Joe Gray - Thursday, April 14th, 2005 @ 2:27pm
I have been to New York twice in the past two years, and each time I went to Ground Zero. I love looking through the fence to gaze upon the steel cross that still stands. It reminds me that Christ is always with us even in our darkest hours. I hope they keep the cross as a part of the memorial. And it will be great to see the whole site when it is done.
Shane - Wednesday, April 13th, 2005 @ 3:20pm
The building is simply amazing. I love the buidling soo much, the design is awesome!
Brandon - Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 @ 12:51pm
I was born and raised in New York and I can remember looking out of any window facing the city and seeing the Twin Towers emanate pride in me as an American and as a New Yorker. This new design seems empty and lacking. The WORLD TRADE CENTER was a place where the world as a whole gathered and marveled at American ingenuity at it finest. It was meant to be a symbol of one of humanities greatest achievements. There is nothing great about a 70-story building that has a glass hat. It adds nothing but hollowness to the skyline during the day and a cheap, Vegas-like light show at night. It makes Americans seem fearful and unsure of themselves. It also secures the worlds idea of America as a materialistic nation and symbolizes nothing except that our country in only interested in maintaining appearances rather than freedom and stability. Rebuild the WTC bigger and better and show them all that this IS the “land of the free and the home of the BRAVE!!”
Marco - Monday, April 11th, 2005 @ 8:25pm
as an achitect i wished that the bulding would be a powerful new design and impress the world but this one no i just don't like it.
Martin - Monday, April 11th, 2005 @ 5:03pm
I thought the twin towers were extremely ugly buildings and left the skyline unbalenced, this on the other hand is modern architecture at its best and will be one of the most important buildings of the 21st century. I can't wait to see it when its built.
Humphrey Clarke - Monday, April 11th, 2005 @ 1:43pm
so many whiners .. nothing new about that .
As for the building.
..I give it two thumbs up ! For it's attractive design and for it's practical functionality.
Terry Maloney - Saturday, April 9th, 2005 @ 10:06pm
I like the idea but too much of the top is empty space. Las Vegas style light show element is showy but irrelevant. It fails in it's primary message for being the tallest building in the world. The building in Taipei and another in Shanghai are magnificent and substantial. the world will not accept the claim that this is the world's tallest structure with at least a third of it looking like scaffolding. Sorry, but there is just too many compromises for this to be the work of art that it could have been. The top of any modern skyscraper is the most important part, because your eye is drawn upward on purpose. Unfortunately that is the very part of the design that is ugly.
joseph morrow - Thursday, April 7th, 2005 @ 3:33am
Beautiful design! The building and the memorial park where the towers stood are a nice and very tasteful tribute to the victims of 9/11. Making the tower 1776 ft as well as the tallest building when done-also is symbolic in showing that we have recovered.
Sam - Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 @ 9:40pm
The entire sequence of the new WTC is fantastic, the step-by-step increase in height in each of the buildings ending with the Freedom Tower. A majestic crown jewel for Manhattan.
Andreas Gripp - Sunday, April 3rd, 2005 @ 11:18am
It looks great I like the idea about the wedge of light and leaving the soil where the World Trade Centre once stood.
Brendan Evans - Friday, April 1st, 2005 @ 10:09pm
I think the tower is beautiful; looks futuristic, something out of Coruscant! It will be concrete proof that liberty, peace and freedom still stand strong, sky-high above the sort of evil that even goes to the extent of perversing their own religion for their own utterly selfish reasons. Even better, respect for the victims of that horrible tradegy is not lost in the design; it features numerous memorials and tributes to those lost. Maybe the lack of an extremely high observation deck is fitting; I do not believe that the tower should become a tourist attraction...anyway well done America. All that is good in this world will have triumphed over those barbarians when the tower is completed.
Justin Tan - Monday, March 28th, 2005 @ 6:28am
Very beautiful and impressive! Lets show those barbarians that hate freedom & democracy that when they knock'em down we build'em bigger & better.
Joe B - Monday, March 21st, 2005 @ 3:53pm
I think this i very good design it does dignaty and respect. The terrorits took something that was import to us, i think this new design is better and will be a great symbol for americans. I can't stand the people who don't respect this design, if u can come up with a better one then ok, but just to say that you do not like it need to look at america and the way we r growing. We are americans and we are America.
nick - Sunday, March 20th, 2005 @ 8:24pm
The design is brilliant but the towers will never be forgotten!
Dean S - Thursday, March 17th, 2005 @ 7:56am
I stood at the top of the world in one of the Towers in 1990. I hope I can do it again sometime in the future. I think the Freedom Tower is beautiful and states that we will prevail.
Tim Petersen - Thursday, March 17th, 2005 @ 2:07am
Who ever thought of the Wedge of Light, should win a Pulitzer!!!! How marvelous, that the "fallen" will be remembered with dignaty and respect that they well deserve. The respected silence will be golden!
Terry B in NC - Tuesday, March 15th, 2005 @ 3:39pm
The design is beautiful, but I believe NEW YORK city can create something more than that
Abraham Worang - Saturday, March 12th, 2005 @ 9:30pm
I think that it is a strange building to put in this spot. Save the experiments for a less important site.
Mark - Thursday, March 10th, 2005 @ 6:31pm
While it is a beautiful design...I still think we can do better, it is just not impressive enough. I think we should go much higher and make it 2,911 feet, with 2 symbolizing the twin towers, and 911 the date of incident. We need to emphasize height ...look at Burj Dubai tower being built, now that's spectacular.
Fred Verny Jr - Wednesday, March 9th, 2005 @ 5:17pm
A beautifully designed structure signifying America and our way of life, I look forward to it's construction.
Citlaltzin Cuauhtemoc Nunez - Saturday, March 5th, 2005 @ 10:36pm
Terrorists have won! They have changed the way we live and given the Bush administration absolute power. The have won because freedom tower is being built. It will not be the worlds tallest ever. Its only 73 stories tall, its nothing. The condo I live in is in a 68-story skyscraper in Manhattan, I'm not afraid of living high, I'd love to live higher! Come on people, we can't let terrorist scare Americans, cause they have and its pathetic. New Yorkers were attacked, we are strong, we are scared and we want to re-build the WTC! I hope they change the name from "Freedom Tower" cause its so tacky! How about leaving The World Trade Center name as with Seven WTC and the Subway and PATH stations and still named WTC.
Andrew - Saturday, March 5th, 2005 @ 4:00pm
Gina it would be great if the towers were brought back to life on the anniversaries of their death(and the deaths of others) and the day Bin Laden almost got them with holograms when the technology is availible at the moment we're just content with the memorial in lights that takes place on every 9/11 anniversary, the Holograms would be the ghosts of the towers. I was also hoping they would rebuild the tower(the second design broght them back) but it's good that they're not since the gap in the skyline will be a monument to a wound that will never close we will always remember what was done on that day and the person responsible for it will face justice one way or the other. America is strong and so is New York(I'm crying as I write this) the men and women that went to the towers to help those trapped and try and put out the fires gave new meaning to the last lines of the American national anthem the land of the free and the home of the brave. New York be proud of yourselves you produced the World's finest and bravest.
Renee - Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 @ 8:15am
looks fantastic,but a new tower will always be a reminder of the historical towers that were there before,no one's ever gonna forget..but its a welcome affirmation for the strength of NYC and lets not forget the capital that will follow;-)
jason - Sunday, February 27th, 2005 @ 10:25pm
I *LOVE* this Freedom Tower design! I especially like the fact that the top is open and it's going to have wind turbines and a huge antenna. I was hoping they'd rebuild the original towers, just not on the footprints, they could've put one tower north of the south tower and the other south of the north tower and left the original footprints as a memorial but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Some of you are complaining of the terrorist's winning by changing our beloved New York City skyline, but to be honost, they didn't have as much effect of that decision except for the destruction of it. I think having less occupiable floors was an economic decision. I've read neither of the original towers were ever at full capacity and since NYC is almost synonmous with our economy it's just better economical to have less floors. I love the design of the entire complex and can't wait to see them completed!
Since we are heading into the future I am seriously hoping someday we'll have to technology to be able to have full size holographic representations of the original towers in their original footprints to display on special events or dates like 9/11 and the April of 1993 attack and maybe even the 4th of July. Wouldn't that be great?
Change is difficult, but we all, as adults, have to accept things and move on. The original towers are gone, and it breaks my heart, but I'll be brave and forge ahead into the future and accept this new, magnificant design. My only regret is that when I lived in NYC from '96 to '99 I was too scared to go into the tower with the observation deck. Whoever had the courage to do that, back then, I'm very envious. Thanks.
Gina Brown - Sunday, February 27th, 2005 @ 3:42am
Please, Do not ever forget that the original WTC was criticized. And then in time, it became an icon for America; from economic dominance to a tag for a "Friends" sitcom. The new Freedom Tower WTC 2 will do the same. Healing.........folks.......is the bottom line. We are all due for a bit of chest puffing, breast pounding bravado. Bravo to Libeskind.
Marc - Friday, February 25th, 2005 @ 2:10am
I give the design 5 stars, but I'm biased. The lattice design at the top of the Tower is part of a design suggestion I submitted to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation in the fall of 2002. The design has been criticized as an ugly compromise, the lattice having been added and agreed to at the last moment, but its use to me is nothing less than providential. Another designer has offered that his plan is the source of the building's appearance, and has apparently filed a lawsuit to protect his claim. I don't know how the current design was achieved, but one need only look at the videotape of my submission to see that the lattice idea was not exclusive to one vision of the Tower. Going any higher with occupied floors could have rendered the new building impossible to insure--an issue that is still a huge challenge. The glint of the sun on the lattice during the day and the lights which will illuminate it at night will present a stunning icon to all who see it, and all associated with its construction will be justly proud.
Ben Limbaugh - Thursday, February 24th, 2005 @ 11:03am
What a structure!!! Really great building which honors all the victims and shows that terror and war are no ways!
Matthias - Monday, February 21st, 2005 @ 9:08am
After reading some of the comments in here about rebuilding the twin towers, would you like to be above the 70th floor of the new towers if another terrorist attack occurred?? This design for the freedom tower is brilliant and has a fitting memorial to the people who died on 9/11. Someday I hope to view the city when the tower is built.(I've seen comments about an observation deck at 1500 feet, higher than the one that the south tower had.) Well done to the architects who designed this tower and the memorial.
Dave - Monday, February 21st, 2005 @ 8:03am
Its sad the foundation was already poured on this site. America should of held a vote or something for the people to decide what the best memorial of the lives lost in 9/11 would be. That would be truly historic. i like the idea of 2 towers again with the tops touching to show unity, leaving a nice memorial courtyard in the center. whatever happens it will turn out all right cuz the US RULES < literaly
Kahlin - Sunday, February 20th, 2005 @ 11:31pm
I like the design of the building- the look, and the symbolism. It will be a nice memeorial to those lost on 9\11. I don't get why a 70 story building has to be 1776 feet tall, though. If you wanted a building 1776 feet tall, why not build one that has 1776 feet of useable height, instead of another 70 story building hiding in NY landscape pretending to be the worlds tallest building?
JN - Saturday, February 19th, 2005 @ 12:24pm
the gap in the skyline of New York itself is a monument, one to a wound that can never be healed. Just like the Phoenix New York will be reborn from the ashes of the twin towers.
Renee - Thursday, February 17th, 2005 @ 4:09am
The design for this building is amazing and the height really supports the independence of America. Being in EMS the rebuilding of this area will help close the door that was left open on 9/11/01. God Bless America and Support our Troops that are backing everyone here everyday.
Lauren Hodulich - Wednesday, February 16th, 2005 @ 3:07pm
I think the symbolism is the most important thing to demonstrate with the new buildings. The Freedom Tower's design absolutely fulfills that symbolism and will architecturally tell a story for our future generations to somewhat understand what happened on 911, and why America is so great.
Adam Driscoll - Wednesday, February 16th, 2005 @ 10:36am
Those images of planes flying into buildings and people jumping out of windows to there deaths will forever be ingrained in my heart. An evil force attacked not just america but freedom, and people that stand for rightessness. These buildings reflect our response to the terrorists. you can never get anything done with the force of evil, you will just bring yourself to your own destruction. And one day you will get your punishment in this life or the next! Let freedom ring, and let god bless america!!!!!!!!
Christopher Kadera - Thursday, February 10th, 2005 @ 9:34pm
I just recently visited New York City on a field trip with my JROTC. I was amazed by Ground Zero and I almost cried. Knowing these buildings will be erected on the same site where so many others died as a tribute is reassuring to this nation and our citizens.
Krysta - Thursday, February 10th, 2005 @ 5:23pm
I agree with 'jas' from the U.K. Many beleive this to be a Holy war, but I beleive it is simply a war between the 'Haves' and the 'Have Nots'. It's true that terrorists are lazy. They refuse to work hard for a better life and only seek to bring others down to their level. Bitter rage and jealousy play a big part. I only hope that folks worldwide don't view the Freedom Tower as an American acheivment but rather one for those worldwide who continue to stand up and proudly defy terror in all its forms...
Shawn - Wednesday, February 9th, 2005 @ 2:34pm
America is still and will always be the world's greatest superpower.What a fantastic country. Islamic terrorists will never win because there hearts are filled with hate and jealously. They refuse to work hard to build anything. India-Israel-America are three major world powers that have now been brought together- to fight terror and promote democracy.
jas - Monday, February 7th, 2005 @ 3:40pm
I am quite unfond of the design of this new building. It looks rather undone, sort of like an afterthought. I didn't care for it once the design was actually chosen and I still don't. I also still do not agree with building on the old Twin Towers site.
Mira - Tuesday, February 1st, 2005 @ 7:30pm
I have mixed feelngs about this structure. I definately think that it will be different, will look fantastic at night, and is much more efficient than the original towers that blocked off half of down town. However, I agree that during the day it may have an unfinished look of scaffolding at the top. I do not see this structure as "restoring the skyline" of manhattan, as the twin towers were such imposing buildings that gave you the feeling of being in the center of the universe when you stood below them. I guess we will only be able to pass judgement when we stand and look at the freedom tower with our own eyes in 2008. I hope some other builders step up to the plate in the next 8 or 10 years and build another iconic structure in the midtown area. We should not have to rely solely on the freedom tower to restore manhattan's prideful skyline.
Scott - Sunday, January 30th, 2005 @ 2:00pm
I find it funny to see so many negative people out there. Thank your lucky stars to be American and stop your pathetic whining. I personally love the new complex and to those who think it ostentatious, move to France.
Andy - Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 @ 3:09pm
I really don't like this building. It's a disgrace. I like some concepts, like the Wedge of Light & that whole gardens thing, but the building itself is horrible. It looks like a flimsy piece of paper that was folded in some weird ways to make it look interesting. The worst part though is that the top of the building is a big glass box that they have to illuminate at night to get people to forget that it's empty. I don't see this building as being symbolic of America's strength. Build an Actual skyscraper like the Sears Tower or the former WTC's if you want to show the world our strength.
Jimmy - Monday, January 24th, 2005 @ 3:54pm
This is a good idea, but i think the building is lacking the sturdy look that we expected out of this project. The top half of the tower looks like it is half finished. Good idea, but not quite perfect
Alex - Sunday, January 23rd, 2005 @ 10:33pm
I like the guts - both of the promoters, & the Architects - who are going ahead regardless, to create a brand new symbol, & this one's worth it, all the way!
Keep it up, & godspeed to the construction team!
Pallav Mukherjee - Tuesday, January 18th, 2005 @ 10:12pm
It´s simply beautiful. Yes, the twins were perfect, but this is something.... We Slovaks say "prekrasne"
Milan - Tuesday, January 18th, 2005 @ 2:50pm
I'm sorry, but I can say I really have a major problem with these plans! As a New Yorker I loved the twin towers of the World Trade Center. As they were my fav. skyscrapers. To see them replaced with an "imposter" skyscraper really upsets me and disgraces the lives of New Yorkers lost. We need occupied floors to the top and an outdoor observation deck. The old one was the highest in the world and it must be replaced. I want the Twin Towers back, but stronger and taller, and different. Of course because of Pataki and TBTP this will never happen. We are screwed and will just have to accept this, and maybe some day in a few decades we'll make peace with the over the top patriotism, slight tackiness, and thin emptiness of Freedom Tower.
Andrew - Monday, January 17th, 2005 @ 9:45pm
The Freedom Tower is an inspiring work of architecture, as architecture should be. On many levels the building represents the greatness of America. As a phoenix rising from the ashes of our collective sorrow to show our collective strength. The skyscraper is an American invention and for far too long the most beautiful of buildings were built outside this country. As an Architect I am heartened to see that a building's inspiration can outweight its rentability... a long for more examples throughout the land.
Chris - Sunday, January 16th, 2005 @ 11:13am
As an architecture student, I find the proposals refreshing and inspiring, no doubt to those involved directly and indirectly in the WTC disaster. It offers strength and boldness of character, something which the US should be proud of.
Andrea - Saturday, January 15th, 2005 @ 11:09am
As I am watching at this fabulosly designed building and strong symbolism it presents I feel there is no need to comment further. I would only say that America you are Great and we are with you!
Natasha - Wednesday, January 12th, 2005 @ 9:31am
I, being a New Yorker all my life, would have like to push the height of the buildings populated area at least to 80 stories. Although I know most people are afraid of height over 70, by limiting the number of stories the terrorist are winning, but the building is beautiful, regardless. I hope all five of the new structures are put up.
Jon Zeigler - Monday, January 10th, 2005 @ 6:50am
The Freedom Tower will stand as a monument to what every freedom loving person believes in, remember when the twin first were contructed they were considered eye sores many consider the Freedom Tower an eye sore it will continue the legacy left by those beautiful buldings the tower will also generate it's own electricity. The twin towers are gone thanks to man full of hatred who 8 years earlier tried to knock them down the Freedom Tower will show that man the American Spirit is still as strong as ever, I miss the towers and look for them when ever I watch a movie or a tv show set in new york prior to the attack. My New York(the one with the towers) I miss you but with the Freedom Tower your half way to being back. 1776 was the year America declared it's independance 2009 will be the year the world does it's independance from fear. Levi the Tsunami disaster didn't just effect Indonesia it like 9/11 effected and united the whole world, it's a pity it takes a tragedy and a sporting event to do that we should be united off the sporting field and without shock, anger and grief.
Renee - Saturday, January 8th, 2005 @ 3:59pm
They hit us and we come back bigger and better. That's "America 101" Nothing can replace the lives that have been lost all over the world due to terrorism. But the fact that we wont back down or negotiate in any way with those who cause such horror will some day put an end to it and save lives. Bravo Zulu coming back bigger. Good day Taipei.
shay gabner - Saturday, January 8th, 2005 @ 11:14am
As an eminating shard of liberties enduring Freedom and presence, this liberty tower rising from the New York skyline will truley captures the hopes and dreams and promises of future generations of the world fore many years to come!
Micheal Koon - Saturday, January 8th, 2005 @ 7:46am
This will be a great day for all Americans. This spectacular tower will show that Americans are still standing strong. I hope that i will be able to visit the tower when it is completed. God Bless America.
Stuart Race - Thursday, January 6th, 2005 @ 9:25am
I was lucky enough to have visited the Twin towers.This is a nice design but I am still unsure if I like this as a monument to the those wonderful buildings and all those who worked them.God bless New York.
Adam - Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 @ 5:21pm
A nice design,but I would have liked to have seen two towers again.
Sonja - Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 @ 5:16pm
It stood on US soil, but it was the WORLD TRADE CENTRE. Dozens of nations occupied ALL of the towers and shared the grief. The brief should not have been to build a taller building to show those foreigners that the U.S. won’t back down. This design misses the point entirely.
Aesthetically, everyone has their own tastes, but what can't be denied is that fundamentally, the freedom tower is transparent, twisted and fragile.
I cannot believe these issues, while superficial, got past the first draft.
Dino - Tuesday, January 4th, 2005 @ 8:20pm
The look of the structure is pretty good and its the right way to go making it the tallest structure in the world, but it's disappointing that it will only be 70 occupiable storeys, so in that sense it's shorter than the original, leaving me with mixed feelings.
jimmy - Monday, January 3rd, 2005 @ 12:53pm
I like the idea of having the tallest building in NYC, because this is where the idea of skysrapers was born and New York should always be the number one in tall buildings, but I like to see the original twin towers come back. I think they were perfect.
Khach - Friday, December 31st, 2004 @ 6:55pm
Wow! It's a stately design in its own right, but it's also a great match for the city and for the USA. How amazing that the focal point of the NY skyline will resemble a projection of the Statue of Liberty, while at the same time preserving the memory of the twin towers with a ghostlike skeleton extendending beyond the seventieth floor. I am in awe!
Oxford - Friday, December 31st, 2004 @ 1:03am
Looks great! Go America!
Danny - Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 @ 10:38pm
Nice Idea! Nice Structure! Hope it can be iconic and symbolize the freedom of the nation!
Hock Fang - Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 @ 2:24pm
I too remember visiting NYC and going to the top of the WTC to view the awesome skyline of NY and was impressed by what man can build. Many thought the WTC Towers were not very attractive at the time, but many grew to admire them. The skyline of NYC will never be the same, just as it has changed throughout history. Let us all give the builders and designers of this new "Freedom Tower" the freedom to create a new building that we may also grow to love. New York City is still the greatest city in the world and I pray that God will continue to bless America no matter what our decisions are about the buildings we erect. God bless the families of the victims of 911 and may this never happen anywhere else on this earth. And lastly may God be with all those suffering the devastation of the Tsunami in Indonesia.
Levi Martfeld - Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 @ 8:45am
let America and New York start to heal with it's completion, the memorial being where the towers once stood is a brliiant idea because no building not even 2 new towers should be there. The Freedom Tower is a great name for it, it will symbolise freedom from fear.
Renee - Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 @ 8:36am
Excellent building and design...bravo to Libeskind
Erik - Tuesday, December 28th, 2004 @ 6:30pm
I Love it!, the only thing i do not get is where the building stops but it carries on in a mesh thing, it looks like the ghost of another building but the whole building its self will be breathtaking
Martyn - Tuesday, December 28th, 2004 @ 3:34pm
Daniel Libeskind (in collaberation with his "forced marriage" to Childs)has done a great thing in composing such a beautiful design. The resemblance of the Freedom Tower to the Statue of Liberty, the height of 1,776 ft and the circular orientation of the other towers on the site (inspired by the torch Lady Liberty raises)against the grid of Manhattan- are excellent symbols of our country's unrelenting sense of independence. Being an architecture student at Syracuse University makes the aspects of everything on the site easy to justify and understand (i.e.: Wedge of Light, Calatrava's wing, slurry wall and bedrock within exposed foundations)but for those who aren't educated in architecture and who wish to understand the scheme better I recommend Libeskind's book Breaking Ground. Excellent Read, Excellent Design. "Keep Smiling"
Luke Carnahan - Tuesday, December 28th, 2004 @ 12:37pm
Symbolically excellent, but absolutely not what I would have expected. Despite all good intentions it looks skeletal to me, unfinished, like some half disected corpse. The turbines up there also remind me a bit of the spruce goose wedged up there which is a bit unfortunate. We need to perhaps remember those terrible events with a bit more subtlty and dignity, rather than another bigger than, better than architectural eyesore.
Derek - Tuesday, December 28th, 2004 @ 9:56am
The buildings are awesome, but the main building should be less empty space and more building
Luke - Monday, December 27th, 2004 @ 2:09am
I'm loving it, it looks hot. the wind turbines are a superb idea. hopefully i can make it for the opening ceremony. this is 21st century architecture at its finest!
Craig - Thursday, December 23rd, 2004 @ 3:11am
Have followed the events since 9/11 with great interest as it has always been my wifes dream to visit New York and see the Yankees play .
A dream she realised in July 2004 as reward for giving up smoking , unfortunately too late to see the twin towers and we were there when the foundation stone was laid and have to say that the planned building looks magnificent and I hope we will be in a position to visit once again and see it once finished.
God bless New York
Keith & Ruth - Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004 @ 2:50pm
Beautiful. This will be an instant icon for NYC and the USA
Steve G. - Tuesday, December 21st, 2004 @ 6:31pm
A grand new icon for New York City. Love that top portion - so unique!
Jiri - Tuesday, December 21st, 2004 @ 5:52pm
Congratulations for both Mr Libeskind and Mr Childs for having put their egos aside in order to create such a haunting and inspiring design. It's a beautiful piece of art. The NYC skyline will be better than before!!!!!
Lilly - Monday, December 20th, 2004 @ 8:23pm
Awesome, I can't wait to see it when completed
Dean Jones - Sunday, December 19th, 2004 @ 9:02pm
This structure is one of a cind and i can´t wait for it to be completed!I miss the WTC towers tough,they was just breath-taking and memorial of what man can do.
Tony Jalosalmi - Sunday, December 19th, 2004 @ 7:04pm
I'm glad to see N.Y. is going to rebuild with something so beautiful to honor all who gave the surpreme sacrafice.God bless New Yorkers, and America.
John Cline - Friday, December 17th, 2004 @ 2:29pm
The building is unique. I hope that God will continue to protect New York City. I fear for it; I don't think God is happy with us moderns. I do hope to see this wonderous building in 2008. Keith
Keith Kline - Friday, December 17th, 2004 @ 1:43am
We are extremely impressed with the magnificent design of this structure. This beautiful park will be tresured by victims and survivors of 9/11. American freedom will be protected and honoured here.
danny&katie - Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 @ 1:09pm
I'm 44 and grew up in NY watching the towers rise. Our school was one of many hoping to be one of the first allowed to the top as part of a field trip. I grew with the towers, they opend for business as I evoloved into a young adult. Not only did I watch the towers evolve into the financial capital of the free world, I watched 16 close and personal friends and my only brother perrish within her. How can anyone one design symbolize all I've lost? It can not! But what it can do is bring lower NY to the center of capitalism once again with the dignity and respect one would hope for, for all the loved ones lost. We'll each remember in our own way... God's Speed to all of us....
Michael - Friday, December 10th, 2004 @ 8:16pm
The whole complex is simply outstanding. Just to evoke the greatness of democrats against terrorists. God bless us all.
Manuel Roldan - Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 @ 7:35am
I think this will look amazing, i was in New York in 2003 and will be back to see the Freedom tower without a doubt
Michael Rudd - Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 @ 6:30pm
Why is it called the "freedom tower" that is the worst name we could have come up with.The architecture is beautiful, but the way we as designers have undertaken this project is way to light.
Ryan - Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 @ 4:16pm
I like the symbolism, that's always a great thing - but I really dislike the building. Looks too fragile, too incomplete, and it just doesn't look right. I would like the style in some smaller building, but in a skyscraper it doesn't look good.
Alex - Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 @ 2:36am
Halucinating! Although the twin-towers had something special because of their massiveness and the fact that there were two of them, this looks even more supernatural because of the refined finishing. I hope i live long enough to see it completed.
Adelbert, artist - Monday, December 6th, 2004 @ 4:06am
Incredible design. My engineering group and I currently researching and understanding all the new technologies and design meanings in this structure--I'm still baffled at the intricacy of the plans. Incredible job!
Metin - Friday, December 3rd, 2004 @ 4:45pm
Very nice design, still can't believe those towers are not there anymore!
Stephan - Monday, November 29th, 2004 @ 5:13pm
fantastic design for great city in the world.
shadim shaikh - Monday, November 29th, 2004 @ 11:16am
A fitting memorial to the tragic events that happened on this site is anything or any design that will let every new generation know that "vigilence" must be our hallmark.
Ronnie G Shaeffer - Monday, November 29th, 2004 @ 12:47am
Its a beautiful desing, but its a little ridiculous to make something of that magnitude just for a memorial!
Allan - Sunday, November 28th, 2004 @ 11:18am
I was 10 years old when the attacks happened.i am now 13 years old I look to the future but remember the past.The twin towers were an icon of the scyline in New York City.I wish i had seen them. Now the Freedom Tower will be an icon. It will be fearlessly Grand.Those who say that the Freedom tower is ugly thats their opinion, but it expresses one thing, thats freedom. United we stand forever and the Freedom Tower will express that.
Jacob Ragnacci - Thursday, November 25th, 2004 @ 10:25pm
Cool! I like the design! It's very unique looking, not a lot of the buildings in NYC... so square and boring. Besides, it's a lot more interesting than the original twin towers.
Someone - Thursday, November 25th, 2004 @ 12:17pm
This building looks fantastic.A great tribute to those lost on september 11th. Cant wait to see this compleated.
Jamie Bottomley - Wednesday, November 24th, 2004 @ 12:10pm
Fantastic design ! The best one to symbolize democracy and freedom ! We will never forget ...
Bertrand Moine - Monday, November 22nd, 2004 @ 5:39pm
It's great idea!! i am respected from your courage to find a way to heal the pain from the 11 of September. I hope sonn we will live in a better world
Asen Selnovski - Sunday, November 21st, 2004 @ 2:04pm
This is an nonsensical piece of designing, full of symbolism and short in realistic practicality. Nobody needs wind-farm generators above 70 floors. Tell that to a maintenence crew who would have to go up there. Extra floor space should be there. It may be the tallest structure, but above 70 stories is just empty void. The opportunity to create something truly magnificent has been wasted as there are more spectacular tall buildings elsewhere in the world. Are we afraid to go beyond 70 stories ??
Anand Nauth - Friday, November 19th, 2004 @ 12:48pm
If memory serves, the WTC was an extremely unpopular venture at the time it was being built. It displaced countless hundreds of business owners and tenants. Yet over time, we grew to accept and even identify ourselves with the mere silhouette of the buildings we eventually considered iconic. We are passionate about those towers in one way or the other. To deny that would be an exercise in futility. However, whether we were to merely replace the towers with "stronger and taller" buildings or build the FT, we are certain to alienate some person or group of persons. Suffice it to say that the FT will stand as not only a tribute to those who were lost, but will also fly in the face of the cowards who perpetrated the most horrific tragedy in history. May we forever remember...
sebastian villalobos - Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 @ 6:48pm
I give the structure a four . I love it, espiecally the wedge of light feature. my only worry is that the terrorists might be tempted to do it again, to destroy a land mark that not only shaped a skyline, but a nation.
Uncle Sam - Sunday, November 14th, 2004 @ 11:55am
I must admit I admire some of the ideas, but I've always felt if the architects truly wanted to make a statement, they would have designed TWO towers to send a message that Americans will always stand tall in the face of adversity. I think that by building one tower with an empty shell at the top only says that we have been intimidated and we live in fear too much to achieve such heights again.
Robert Goodpaster - Sunday, November 14th, 2004 @ 12:33am
I think the freedom tower is ok but it lacks a bold statement. The terrorists have won now that we are no longer willing to build and work at higher altitudes. The architects should have built two new buildings that surrounded the original foot prints and let them touch at the corners in unity making them bigger and taller . The original footprints would have been surrounded forever making for a nice memorial court yard to those lost on September 11th.
Ron Miller - Saturday, November 13th, 2004 @ 7:20pm
If the Empire State Building was destroyed on 9/11, there would not have been a "New Vision" for the site. The Landmark/Icon would have been rebuilt. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center should be rebuilt. There is no honor in Building a 70 story "Twisted" Skeleton with windmills. The Slurry wall was designed for one purpose, the Twin Towers. Constructing the Freedom Tower is only showing a ghost of what was. Anything less than rebuilding the Twin Towers, is a capitulation to the terrorist threat. New York deserves better.
Peter Walukiewicz - Thursday, November 11th, 2004 @ 7:24am
A very American triumph of symbolism over substance: as a icon of US values its noteworthy that this tallest of all buildings is one third empty volume.
Matthew Phillips - Wednesday, November 10th, 2004 @ 3:14pm
all i have to say is wow.
tim wallace - Wednesday, November 10th, 2004 @ 2:11pm
the surrounding buildings in the complex look to be just as beautiful. I am only 19 and looking forward to a distinguishing landmark for our generation. It will be an amazing thing to see from start to finish, something like I have never seen before.
Robert Engels - Wednesday, November 10th, 2004 @ 9:36am
The tower will definitely look fantastic from afar - as far as you can notice the striking echo of the Liberty stature in the siluet.
But a close-up will really be not that inspiring. See big from the distance, though!!!
Vitali - Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 @ 3:36pm
even though are countries don't always see eye to eye i like to think that this building is to all that were efected on that horoable day and that we should learn the frase "United We Stand" God Bless the United States and Canada
Danny Williams- Ryan - Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 @ 12:14pm
The design is very interesting. I think after the building is finish the people who don't like it right now will like it.
Jesus - Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 @ 11:24am
Just a comment to those who think two towers should be built to replicate the originals. There is no going back. America was, in some senses, living in a cocoon that most of our neighbors in the world could only envy. Despite Oklahoma, despite the previous attempt at the WTC, very few of our citizens had come close to feeling the impact of global terrorism on their own lives. America had a terrible awakening on September 11, and to try to close ourselves back in the "not in the United States" cocoon is impossible. This building will never be all things to all people, and you won't all consider it a butterfly emerging from that cocoon of the past. We can't go back and live in the past, and the Freedom Tower takes both the hardest and the of the things we learned on 9/11 and portrays them in steel and glass: there are no more Twin Towers; our nation united after their fall and is standing tall and proud again, but we've learned some humility; you can't replace the lost towers, and the unfinished look of the top portion shows this - there will always be a remembrance in us of the missing towers and the people who died in them; it is also a metaphor that we will always keep building, even in the face of tragedy. The New York skyline has changed, but it's still growing, and the Freedom Tower doesn't represent just what will never quite be finished....it shows us we'll never stop building things back up.
Heather Cowan - Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 @ 11:04am
The Design is beautiful. I can't believe all the comments from people saying it's ugly. It's contemporay, it's sleek. NY needs something ultra contemporary in order to stay a unique hip city. People have no vision. Wait until it's built, you all will be amazed.
LORRAINE - Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 @ 9:02am
I think this building well represent how strong this nation is, by getting knocked down and get up from the hit to make something more powerfull then before.
Steven - Sunday, November 7th, 2004 @ 11:56pm
I love the design. It tells everyone that Americans will keep going. Never to be stopped by any terrorist or dictators. This tower will represent not only Americans but the Worlds inhabitants. The cost for freedom. As a native american, Navajo, I strongly believe that this new building will give way for a new America. God Bless my country and the world we all live in.
Jonathan Blk - Thursday, November 4th, 2004 @ 12:47am
Dayton - Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 @ 10:23pm
:) very nice :)
clay - Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 @ 7:06pm
I'm lovin' it!
Sarat - Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 @ 1:43am
Rebuilding (better and safer) is the boldest statement to be made. The "Reflecting Absence" design says we dare not occupy that space in the sky again - an admission of defeat.
EdgeOne - Monday, November 1st, 2004 @ 11:19am
this is the coolest building ive ever seen GO NY.
Liam - Friday, October 29th, 2004 @ 9:14pm
The height is fine, the building is okay, a good tribute. However, I dislike the hollow top portion. The building just doesn't seem whole.
Andrew - Thursday, October 28th, 2004 @ 7:53pm
I must admit at first i did not want to see anything more then maybe a wall built in the towers place but now i must say this i am a new yorker all though not currently there since my husband is in the service and currently in iraq. I think this building is a big mistake although i give it two stars just because of the "wedge of light" and the "bath tub"... building bigger to prove something to terrorists come on folks why do we need to prove anything to them we are kicking their butts already. I think we should build TWIN TOWERS!!! granted they should not look the same i think that would be a slap in the fact to all those lost kinda like saying here we can just replace what was lost but i do think it should be TWIN TOWERS. a reflective pool would be wonderful and yes if you are going to build something that tall all of it should be accessable and of course built with all of the safetly precautions. I just don't like the idea if that is how it will be of a glass building that is not NEW YORK to me. I would love to see the Twin Towers rebuilt maybe in a similar fashion to what they were but add a park where children can play while families of lost ones can reflect and visit if they wish to and a reflective pool showing the old towers. People need to stop trying to change New York and accept it for what it is a beautiful place this building does not fit into New York in my opinion. New York is the heart and soul of the great USA lets keep it that way
kim - Wednesday, October 27th, 2004 @ 3:32am
Ugh. i just don't get it. It appears jutting and hideuos. Does NYC really need another glass box?
Bali - Tuesday, October 26th, 2004 @ 6:04pm
I don't think this structure even deserves a rating. It's absolutely pathetic!! Is there a competition in the world that I'm unaware of......the country with the tallest building wins? Any structure can be taller by mounting an antenna on the top. I do, however, appreciate some of his ideas. The memorials will be a great way to honor those that we lost....especially the "Wedge of Light."
Sometimes bigger isn't always better. Whether or not the building 1,776 or 176 feet tall, isn't going to make a bit of difference....we will still be "One Nation Under God" & Growing stronger everyday.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
M.A.C. - Monday, October 25th, 2004 @ 4:15am
I like the design, but I don't think it fits in well with its surroundings. I guess it's something that will grow on us though, in 20 years time it'll be hard to imagine New York looking any other way.
Cliff - Saturday, October 23rd, 2004 @ 11:37pm
The Idea alone that we will live on shows in this building.
MIke B - Saturday, October 23rd, 2004 @ 5:00am
It will be the paragon of skyscrapers in the new millenium...
Looking forward to its completion.
D - Saturday, October 23rd, 2004 @ 1:01am
This is the best answer to the terrorists .Best of luck to USA.
VITHAL AGARWAL - Friday, October 22nd, 2004 @ 2:39pm
New super buildings have gone up around the world, taiwan, malaysia, the middle east. They all blend strength with regional beauty. Now we are saddled with a short ugly building with a tv antenae and wind farm and we are suppose to be excited? 2000 feet sounds impressive, until you realize it is all antennae... there are lots of taller antennaes out there, and many buildings that go past 70 stories. I think the only message this building sends is we are too scared to go higher. So the terrorists have made a chink in our culture.
john judge - Friday, October 22nd, 2004 @ 12:21am
A heartbreakingly beautiful and stirring design.
We're still with you, harmonies of a heartbeat forever stopped at 8:46 AM.
Todd - Thursday, October 21st, 2004 @ 4:14pm
I witnessed the day those towers went down from my tv, and i thought i wonder if they'd ever build again...im stoked! its good to see they're rebuilding. i like the idea but thought maybe two towers would have simulated what once stood better.
Matt - Tuesday, October 19th, 2004 @ 1:31pm
I like the idea of constucting a monument for the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Although, like it is said above, it is just another hazard to the citizens of New York. I mean, a two steel towers could get destroyed easily and destroy parts of buildings and not many citizens, but construct one glass tower that is very easily breakable, could really hurt the citizens of New York more than the buildings around it is a horrid thing to imagine. I just hope that the attacks stop and America becomes the proud and worthy woman and country she is intended to be. Thank-you.
An anonymous freshmen student - Tuesday, October 19th, 2004 @ 11:43am
Should be fascinating watching this structure emerge from the ground. Bizarre looking design though, not a patch on the Twin Towers.
Kev - Tuesday, October 19th, 2004 @ 9:36am
Absolutely a perfect picture of freedom. This building reflects not only what the world lost that day but what thw world looks foward to, a future of Freedom. Like the Statue of Liberty, this building will house the hopes and dreams of the free world along with the countless that have made pilgramage to NY to not only pay respect to the ones we lost on 9/11 but also to see how the new future will be taller and bolder than our past, we must never forget what happened but in the same token, we cant let it harm our future. I look foward to seeing you all on the opening day of our beloved freedom tower. God bless you all
Randy Trent - Saturday, October 16th, 2004 @ 12:21pm
This building is indeed amazing, a wonderful memorial. What I like most is the "Wedge of Light". Incredible!!
YuXiang - Friday, October 15th, 2004 @ 4:18am
I think it is a magnificent stucture. Of course, it will take awhile to get use to, and it is obviously very different from the rest of the New York skyline; But don't let that get in the way of you disrespecting the arcitects. One thing I would change, is what many of you have already agreed on, and that is that you can not go all the way to the top, that is a disappointment, because it doesn't humanize it - I like it being made of glass, because it gives the horrible rememberance of 9/11 a sparkling, angelic feel to it, and respects my favorite landmark, the Statue of Liberty. But it is a symbol, a beautiful symbol, not of our American "ego", but of our deep and loving American pride. Love New York, love America.
Nikki - Sunday, October 10th, 2004 @ 7:28pm
great picture! I like this web.
joe - Saturday, October 9th, 2004 @ 7:15am
I think it's a beautiful memorial. I realized what life is about on that day of tragedy. We have to remember to live every day like it's our last because life is so fragile. We also have to stand together and really be the United States of America.
D.C. - Friday, October 8th, 2004 @ 12:32pm
I am very satisfied with the new design of what will re-shape the beauty of New York City's sky line. The "Wedge of Light" couldn't be anymore perfect for a memorial on this site. My heart goes to those who lost family members and friends. GOD bless their soles We Will Always Remember.....
jose matos - Thursday, October 7th, 2004 @ 10:15pm
Well, there're so many comments above. I think it wouldn't be fair to be so stubborn about our ideas. As one of the comments says, a common understanding can be set up through mutual compromises. Yeah, it's nearly impossible to satisfy so many people, especially in this matter. But something has to be done. What I know for sure is that every idea is better now than any delay. So, how can a common reconciliation be reached? In my wiev, firstly those who had to endure the biggest pain must be taken into account. They must be listened to. I liked the tower as I liked the former one. In fact, I'm inclined to love everthing america "does". So, I can't say I'm impartial. As a turkey-born immigrant, I value the idea of freedom more than many, so I'm thankful such a name was choosen. Pray for my being there on the day of opening. The flag on the left side isn't the one I respect. When looking from here, it2s clear that The Freedom Tower will become a monument as deeply rooted in the American mind as the Statue of Liberty. Just be patient and give yourself some time. God blessed America.
Sherrif - Wednesday, October 6th, 2004 @ 4:36am
I think it is beautiful. Looks like the building is pointing straight to heaven, and when the sun hits it, the glow the top would give off would be more beautiful then anything in the world. And the "Wedge of Light" is a brilliant idea, brings tears to my eyes. And its not like the terrorists have won because they changed the skyline view of NY, we have just made something more beautiful and glowing to put in its place to remember those who died.
Deborah Swidan - Monday, October 4th, 2004 @ 10:19am
From the thousand plus names of those who were immortalized on that day be remembered not just for freedom, but in rememberance of the day the whole world became New Yorkers. I know I did, and all of Melbourne for that matter. I love you New York...Let the Freedom Tower be seen, and New York heard from once again.
Logan - Monday, October 4th, 2004 @ 4:45am
The twin towers will stand forever as a symbol in American history, there is no denying that. However, from a design perspective, they were relatively simple and plain. Regardless, they were still well constructed. This new building has a true sense of style. It does look weak, but don't be fooled by its exterior, it has an enormous support column that will render it even more sound than the original twin towers. This tower will stand as a symbol of American progress and resolve.
Nick G - Sunday, October 3rd, 2004 @ 6:16pm
In response to the above comment...why not build a taller and more iconic structure? People didn't want the same footprint used for two new towers because of issues with leaving a memorial so some compromises had to be made by all sides. Having a blind and uneducated viewpoint on everything will not get you very far in life. The face of New York WAS changed by terrorists and the only way to move on is to stick it in their face and make the tallest and most ambitious attempt that America is capable of. To all those people who commented above about fears of a new taller building being a safety issue, why don't you read up on the subject first? The first 70 floors are occupied by office and it will the safest place to work in all of New York when completed. I would proudly work in this building and know that thousands of others will when it is complete in 2009. By the way Bobby, it is "you're" not "your" you flaming troll.
John S - Saturday, October 2nd, 2004 @ 11:47pm
This tower is beyond crap! Your practically allowing terrorists and the world to change the face of one of our great cities. What if the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Buildng fall? Are we going to build two more "Freedom Towers" too? It's ridiculous we are changing the face of New York because of terrorists. If the World Trade Center was built STRONGER again, people would be even more proud to be an American, showing that we "got back on the horse" instead of getting a new one.
The only way people are going to understand that building this tower is a mistake is if it comes crashing down.
Bobby - Saturday, October 2nd, 2004 @ 12:01pm
I was born in the city. I have lived in Brooklyn all my life, and on 9/11, I was afraid, like any other person with a soul. When our great nation seemed to rise from the ashes, though, I knew that we would never be taken down. The new and stunning Freedom Tower has what it takes to be a New Yorker. i don't see why it would disrespect the ones lost- I can't imagine us not building on the site. New York City, if anywhere, is by far the most fitting and deserving place to house the tallest and most magnificent structure in the world.
Jim - Friday, October 1st, 2004 @ 6:17pm
Some of the comments I read I found appalling. It was obvious none of them read the article before posting so that they could understand the meaning of the buildings. If they had taken the 5 minutes to read the article they could have had more of a heart towards these new buildings. As an architect, as a poet I find you people rather revolting and rude for your comments and not making an effort to understand this new creation. What libeskind is doing is far more than miraculous. He is creating art, he is creating a place for everyone’s heart to feel at home for the tragedy, and he is most certainly not desperate. He is setting a new standard for a new century of designs for buildings. Libeskind is more than any of you could imagine because he is revolutionary. This man created something so beautiful, so great, and so unbelievably wonderful on paper and you can't appreciate that. I don't care who you are but it's hard enough for artists to get appreciation for their work these days, but for you to criticize his masterpiece like that without reading the story behind it all. Where is your patriotism if you can't appreciate what he is doing for the world and those who were lost in those vicious attacks? We are not here to separate ourselves but to come together as one and stand tall for our freedom!
Jordan Frisbie - Thursday, September 30th, 2004 @ 11:38pm
The freedom tower is a brilliant design and anyone who says otherwise is an incompotent fool. The whole point of a tall building is to be a huge patriotic memorial reaching for the sky telling terrorists that america is not going to be intimidated. Building a bunch of small office buildings is admitting defeat. Likewise, using ground zero to create a small park or small memorial is letting the terrorists know that we are weak and easily intimidated into changing the way we think about buildings and how we live. Creating an exact replica of the old trade center buildings would be an insult to those who lived, worked and died there. It is almost as if the original buildings were never destroyed. I think the architects have done a wonderful job on the freedom tower and nothing could be a more fitting building to go in place of the old trade center towers.
Tom Johnson - Thursday, September 30th, 2004 @ 5:13pm
What a superb structure, and i look forward to seeing it being erected from the ashes into the sky
Andrew Sheldon - Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 8:07pm
It is gonna look Awsome in the New York Skyline. But I hate to say it it is gonna just be another target that another group of Physco's will try to attack
Dustin E. - Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 2:10pm
I think it is a good design and a good structure.
Michael Beswick - Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 1:22pm
The structure of the new Freedom Tower is nice, but I believe that they should have rebuilt the original towers. They could have made them more fancier, taller, and stronger. Also it should be the law that all sky scrapers should be "NO FLY ZONES". This is the only protection thats availabe to prevent another 911. God Bless Everyone.
Del - Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 10:54am
i like the new freedom tower (but) i think it should be hidden behind the other towers like in the center of them all so the same thing wont happen again and have the holow point of the tower sticking out to the skys and the towers on the outside strong to hold a plane crash if the ware to happen again..thats my point of veuw but im shore its more saffer then the twin towers other then that its all that and thats way i gave it a (4)other then that its a (5)
detwilers - Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 7:47am
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!! Yo, never such a futeristic building in my life till now...i can finally see the world evolvoving into the future.
Alex Cantu - Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 11:09pm
Sends a very strong message to all. Freedom came with a cost...it's a monument to those who left us and to all of us who remain here in the greatest country on the planet.
MIke Redman - Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 10:10pm
I think that only 70 stories is leaving something to be expected...like 40 more floors!!! Not being able to stand on the top and see the surrounding view is not acceptable. Is this just in case it gets crashed into again? If we are goind to build a building to replace the towers, it should be MORE of everything, not less. Just being able to claim the tallest building in the world status is not enough if you can't use the top portion of the structure. I am glad we are replacing the towers with another taller structure, but let's make it better than the before.
Jerry Zweigle - Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 7:42pm
I love the design. It is a grea Idea for NYC. NYC should not have to build smaller, they should always build bigger. And this is the best way to do it in my opinion.
Derick - Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 8:11am
the memorial will help us never forget the past, and the new five building site will let us look to the future.
bob - Monday, September 27th, 2004 @ 6:13pm
I was ecstatic to find out our "Freedom Tower" was going to reach a height of nearly 1,800 ft, easily being the tallist building in the world, what a fearless and spectacular way to show the terrorist the "Intrepid Backbone" of The United States Of America.
Frank Bridges - Monday, September 27th, 2004 @ 3:18pm
this is a cool building but we need something to show respects to the people who lost their lives
Nikki Schmidt - Monday, September 27th, 2004 @ 11:34am
This is a perfect reminder of all those that fell in the demise of the WTC. Not only are we rebuilding the towers, we are rebuilding the strength of our nation.
Francisco Rosado - Sunday, September 26th, 2004 @ 5:36pm
Brennan Gaglaster - Saturday, September 25th, 2004 @ 4:41pm
Why bother building the tallest building in the world if you're not going to put an observation deck at the top? It's an ugly design, symptomatic of postmodernistic malaise. If it is actually built, it will always scream out saying "I'M NOT FINISHED!" Big mistake.
Sean - Saturday, September 25th, 2004 @ 3:20am
Great Design and very good conceptional idea.
Manfred Rovekamp - Friday, September 24th, 2004 @ 12:54pm
I think that it is great that we are rebuilding. I wonder what the people that died would want us to do? Would they want us to just leave the site alone, do a little memorial, or would they want something grand rebuilt in their honor? Sorry I just don't think a little park gets it done the same way this monument does. If I was in that building and perished I would want this country, the greatest country on this planet, to rebuild. Just to put it to those who think they are serving God, and really are serving the evil one. Bravo NY!!!
Dave - Friday, September 24th, 2004 @ 9:37am
at first i thought it was a good idea but now that i see the desighn i dont like it i thought they would rebuild the twin towers just shorter
amanda hughes - Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 @ 10:03pm
One beautiful building for the memories of many beautiful persons, and one beautiful country!
Lukas Dvorak - Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 @ 12:47pm
Pop Art? Maybe. That's about the best thing you could say about these buildings which are shaped exactly like the crystals found inside Superman's Fortress of Solitude as seen in the 1978 movie starring Christopher Reeves and Marlon Brando. One can imagine Brando's Terry Malloy looking at the Freedom Tower and saying "I could have been a contender..."
BonDurango - Tuesday, September 21st, 2004 @ 6:46pm
Like the idea, but there were problems getting people off the twin towers due to not having womewhere to land or even safely lower harnesses. How are sloped roofs going to help this?
Ford - Monday, September 20th, 2004 @ 7:29am
Some of us Canadians often feel overwhelmed by you but, make no mistake, ordinary canucks are glad to have you fellas as neighbours eh? What a striking and beautiful monument to those men and women who perished that day. God Bless.
Wayne Goose - Sunday, September 19th, 2004 @ 10:08am
Daniel Libeskind got "screwed" on this deal. Pataki should have held David Childs "FEET" to the Fire, and made him follow the Libeskind
design that won the design contest. It should not matter that Larry Silverstein has the money from the insurance company to rebuild. Mr. Libeskind is a "Brillant man", and this tower is absolutly disgusting in my eyes.
A VERY concerned X New Yorker *
Daniel Star - Thursday, September 16th, 2004 @ 9:51pm
The building itself is interesting in design, but how does it show anything more than artistic lisence? Now it will be one large spike, meant to provoke more hatred for us. Look, you destroyed our buildings, and now to fill the space of all the dead loved ones we lost, we build something larger and gaudier. I mean, this is the reason we are attacked (physically and audibly) in the first place. We are a material nation, who has no self pride, we can only feel good about ourselves by "showing everyone else" what we are about. We shouldn't need that. We should have pride in who we are, and what we are about, without having to prove it to others all the time. The person with the biggest mouth is always heard, but seldom liked. Is that what we want for ourselves?
Walter - Thursday, September 16th, 2004 @ 3:22pm
The new freedom tower looks beautifully twisted in the American sky. We Americans may fall but we will rise even higher every time. That’s the image I get looking at the freedom tower.
hpxfire - Thursday, September 16th, 2004 @ 1:48pm
Considering the destruction of the old World Trade Center in 2001 and the fear it caused, I think this new building design is daring. I like the lower part of the building, but the upper part of the building looks weak and empty. It sends a message saying that our country is too afraid to construct a new building that has floors all the way to the top. I think it's remarkable that such a tall tower is being built and that any towers are being built on the 16-acre site, considering that many people wanted the entire site to be a memorial, not just the footprints of the original Twin Towers. The new building looks great, but it would look much better if there wasn't an empty space on top.
Bryan Potts - Wednesday, September 15th, 2004 @ 10:31pm
For all of the symbolism behind this project, I give 2 thumbs way up. Build it Bigger and Better I say. As long as it's not for Political gain.
I just don't think this design completely does it. Why leave the top one-third mostly empty except for Wind-Turbines that will only generate 20% of the building power? Also, with the vacant, empty look at the top, the building looks weak and fragile. It should look STRONG, SOLID and ICONIC. I love the shape and style of the design, just not the hollow look of the top portion. As far as I'm concerned build it as tall as possible so it will ALWAYS be the Tallest Building!! Forever reminding people of what happened at that location on that time and date. The Wedge of Light Concept is also an outstanding reminder.
Americans should never settle for Mediocrity, but I think that the reason and purpose for the symbolism in this project is being overshadowed by the compromises being done by the 2 men in charge of this project. Let the families of the victims have a definite say in the final design. That would be the ultimate memorial.
Rick Metcalfe - Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 @ 8:39pm
I believe FT will be a beautiful substitute for WTC and let us all hope that we find a way to deal with terrorism in our world.
Christer - Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 @ 2:21pm
In 1999, I stood at the top of the Twin Towers - someday I hope to stand on the observation deck of the Freedom Tower.
Adam Frost-Gaskin - Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 @ 2:10pm
I happen to think this is the best way we can Honor those who passed. I like the Modern look to the building / complex. I would like to see something showing that those who perished, those who rescued and those who rebuilt this area are of ALL religions and of all backgrounds. This should give some sort of commom ground instead of a symbol of power. Our power should be in our promise of "Freedom in America".September 11 should be remembered for heros not the people who caused it, why should those who caused it get anymore attention. Fight the terrorizm but dont give their cause or religion any press, after all its what they want most.
Tim Oswald - Monday, September 13th, 2004 @ 9:50pm
It looks wonderful.
Jacqueline Garcia - Monday, September 13th, 2004 @ 4:15pm
i am proud to say that i am an american and this tower is being built in memory of all the peaple who died or were scarred for life in the attack on 9/11 and the tower will stand in all it glory in the memory of the tragidy of 9/11.
Aaron Baker - Monday, September 13th, 2004 @ 11:16am
As most thing's american this building and what it represents will be envied around the world.This represent not just a country but the feelings of the people as a whole.Thats what makes this country differant from any other.When things are at there worst we are at our best.God bless not just us but everyone in every country.
Daniel A. Castelluccio - Monday, September 13th, 2004 @ 10:18am
I'm disappointed. The Twin Towers were iconic, but these just look like stacks of ice. It doesn't appear that trying to fit in with the current surroundings has featured in the design brief at all. There is an opportunity here to build something spectacular but also respectful and fitting. I'm afraid that, looking at these designs, that opportunity has been lost.
Steve Hill - Monday, September 13th, 2004 @ 8:07am
One beautiful building for the memories of many beautiful persons, and one beautiful country! greetings from Norway
Eie - Monday, September 13th, 2004 @ 7:32am
I don't like the fact that the top third is basically just for looks. It may be tall, but with fewer stories and no observation deck, it seems to have a bit less soul to me. I think it would be a much more powerful statement if we just built them right back the way the were (with improvements to the internal structure obviously). All that aside, it's a decent design. I really like the memorial they have planned for it.
Patrick - Monday, September 13th, 2004 @ 3:29am
I like the symbolism. 1776, and breaking ground on July 4th. I am excited to see the result of this new tower. I did not choose 5 stars because it did not take my breath away. I may change my mind when I see it in person but until then, I choose 4 stars. SRA Smith USAF
Brian Smith - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 11:04pm
To all of those who dislike this new memorial, boo to you!!!!!This is a very lovely structure, and its beauty shows the eAmerican spirit.
Helen - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 8:44pm
As far as buildings go, I guess it's a nice one, although the top simply looks like it's incomplete. The 1776 feet idea is very patriotic and all that jazz, but so is everything else the USA does. Instead of building this to declare America's strength, why not go a different way and build something a bit more humble, but with a message that reflects those who died on 9/11? For once, show the world that the USA isn't all about the ego. Tone it down and make this a monument to the people, not of the country.
G Jenks - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 7:35pm
I have always felt the twin towers should rise from their own ashes, just as we as a nation rose from our own ashes from the civil war and the war of 1812. Many men have died fighting for the freedom of ALL people, no matter what color or creed. What happened on 9/11 was an act of war and should be thought of as such. The twin towers were a symbol of our strength and pride as a nation. A nation built on Christian beliefs, but one that also feels everyone should be able to worship God (or whatever name he goes by in other religions)as they choose. If we do not rebuild the twin towers we will be showing the rest of the world that the terrorists have won and succeeded in breaking our pride and the backbone of this fine nation.
Matt Morring - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 5:35pm
i think this is one he** of a building to erect in their memory
nick - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 3:50pm
Martin - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 7:25am
I've never seen a more ridiculous looking building in my life. Two proud, majestic towers once stood at ground zero, the symbols for the modern day New York. These towers are being replaced with a less significant building that has scaffolding on top of it. The height of the new "tower" is insignificant because is not a true building. It's a cheap way to attain "tallest in the world" status. Can visitors can go to the top of it? This "building" is not as awesome or as inspirational as the twin towers were. If you really want to honor the victims of 9-11, rebuild the towers using today's technology, or build something even more grand in their place (along with a fitting memorial to the victims at the base of the buildings). This is not a fitting memorial, the terrorists scored a victory if New York goes ahead with these plans. Whenever America has faced adversity before, it has come back bigger and stronger, but these buildings will be smaller and less important than what once stood at ground zero.
r. wroblewski - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 2:48am
I'll agree with Dave above. I've never been to NYC but I knew the skyline. rebuild the towers as they were but make them better and stronger and more efficient. It truly is the only way to honor the lives lost three years ago.
Tim Lancaster - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 2:07am
Beautiful for spacious sky will be in 2008. Congratulations on a gorgoes design on the building and how it will compliment with the skyline. It will remind any American the freedoms we take for granite most of the time, may it remind us to look deep in our hearts and thank God for what a wonderful and blessed nation He has given us.
Joel - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 1:57am
I never had the chance to take my daughter to the top of the WTC. We visited Ground Zero in July 2002 and we will be back in New York in 2008, on opening day of the new Freedom Tower!
Bret Reavie - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 1:00am
This building shows that our country can take a bad thing and make it better. The symbolism and beauty of the structure are what make this into an awesome building. I cant thing of a better way to rebuild.
Jeremy - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 12:43am
Could have done much better,should have been replaced with something that resembed the old sky line but taller,better built,and more eficiant use of space.I miss the old skyline of NY and by not building something similar to what was there the terrorists have forever chaged that skyline that so many have come to recognize as The Great City Of NY.
Dave - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 9:51pm
I remember visiting the twin towers with my parents as a teen. Being from a small town in New Hampshire I had never seen anything like it and was amazed. I look forward to sharing the same expierence with my three children at the Freedom Tower.
Josuah L. Dupuis - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 9:16pm
I think that this is wonderful.And I can't wait to see it built.I will definitely go there once it is done !
Tim - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 9:00pm
Hooray to New York for decided to once again construct the world's tallest building! It flies in the face of the terrorists that try to beat us down, but will never succeed!! In 1983, I stood at the top of the Twin Towers - someday I hope to stand on the observation deck of the Freedom Tower (I hope it's high). :) God bless the USA!!
David - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 5:30pm
That is one bad tower! Looks amazing, but i think the antenna looks a bit weird. I like its symbolism, though. I hope that, when it's built, it looks even better than in these pictures.
Manuel Oliveira - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 4:27pm
I think the design is magnifciant! I must say though it seems that it will just be another attraction for others to try to destroy and you want to make something more of a memorial or in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11. My brother-in-law was in Iraq for over a year and a half as a result of this tragidy and I have American Pride and Spirit, but I also believe that we could have come up with some design that would have truely HONORED those we lost AND those who continue to fight as a result of the incident. NO design will REPLACE Twin Towers and I think it's a shame that we have to put something in its place and believe that is DISRESPECTFUL to those we lost!!
Leslie Kemnitz - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 3:20pm
I think the Freedom Tower is a very beautiful building and all the symbolism is nice, but I don't think that is the best way to approach the re-build. I think we should have re-built them on the same foundations and gave them the same look. Of course we make them taller and safer and of course add an appropriate memorial to the people we lost.
Jim Reavill - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 2:55pm
The Freedom Tower complex is truly a magnificent project that will demonstrate to the world America's resiliency in the face of terrorism and other threats. It will be a place to remember those lost at the WTC on 9/11 and a sign that nothing can crush American determination and patriotism.
Alex Lamothe - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 2:36pm
It will be a great menmorial. Some thing should be built there to show that we are stong and that we are far from going anywhere.
Wynia Family - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 2:23pm
In todays society we are always trying to make a name for ourselves.... This architect is making a name for all those people who lost there lives on 9/11 Bravo to him!
Ty Moorman - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 1:24pm
I serve my country because of 9/11, and have been anxious for our country to "rebuild" itself. I think this design reflects the strong american spirt that exists, the spirit needed to "rebuild".
Chris - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 1:12pm
I gotta go with Greg, above. That big empty space at the top seems like a slap in the face to part of what made the Towers what they were in the first place.
And, while we're on the subject, why isn't TowerS...PLURAL? Wouldn't THAT be a fitting replacement for what was lost?
There was a lot of talk of what the new buildings should be like, a lot of "people won't go in buildings over 70 stories anymore" and all that crap. This big empty top spot at the top of the building is just politicans pandering to what they think people are afraid of - going up in tall buildings. What people are REALLY afraid of is that 9/11 will happen all over again.
John - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 1:07pm
I do not like the image of the freedone tower replacing the twin towers. The Freedom tower has changed so much from it's original conception that it is now an ugly compromise between two egotistical designers. I feel the ONLY way to honor the dead from 9/11 is to rebuild what they died for - Twin Towers as presented on the teamtwintowers.com site. Are we trying to "replace" or "rebuild" the NYC skyline? Rebuilding the twin towers is the ONLY way to "rebuild" the skyline.
Michael Drozda - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 12:40pm
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The Marmol Family - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 12:31pm
Although it will be in theory the tallest building at the time of its construction, people will not be at the very top. They can only go up 70 stories. In the original towers there was 40 extra stories each. So where the people can be is significantly lower than the original towers and many other skyscrapers from around the world. I think that in itself is a great additional safety feature. I'm not sure if the buildings are made out of glass, or if the models were simply designed that way to show the new buildings incomparison to the buildings already standing there, so I cannot comment. I personally think the new design of the building symbolizes the beginning of a new era and find it very fitting. I do not understand why the tower needs to have such a tall rod on it, and that is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. The wedge of light idea is awesome.
Rachel Eldeen - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 12:02pm
Is it just me, or does the Freedom tower make you think of an homage to the statue of liberty?? It's a good way to show our typically American defiance to terrorists. They destroyed an ugly building and in defiance, we're creating a beutiful symbol of freedom. It would be nice if the 3000 victims could see it.
Michael McGuire - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 11:59am
Erecting any kind of building, let alone the tallest buiding in the world, is the height of disrespect to all those who were involed in the tragedy. When will we learn?
monty - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 11:42am
Can't wait to see it finished.
Nick - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 11:32am
we think its a wonderful tribute to the thousands who lost and risked their lives on that terrible day
parker family - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 9:23am
Vincent - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 8:47am
I cried the innocent victims of 11/9 a lot and i don't want nothing like that in the future. Sice that day, we have got the chance to stop, to think to the world around us: we have to go always in deep of situation, not just in the easy,comfortable surface. the evil and the violence that that damn day come on america is in part a product of what america did in the rest of the world: it is like a boomerang effect. I'M NOT JUSTIFING TERRORISTS, but I think that if we want peace we have to do it ourself for first:we can't expect that others respect us if we don't for first respect them! Ok,now, i don't undersand why it's so important to build the highest buildig in the world...it would be more respectful build some office buildings and a great meaningful park in honour of the peace and who lost the life that day. I'm sure they would prefer this.
sambri enrico - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 8:06am
I am really dissapointed in the chosen design. It looks the opposite of what it should. It should be a lasting monument, sturdy, and timeless; not a glass (weak and easily broken) twisted reck... and this over-intrest in making it a 'green' building has only resulted in the top portion of the building being hollow. It loos like rickedy construction scafolding. Boo to NY for this major mistake!
Greg - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 7:33am
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Devin Frielink - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 6:55am
flawless design and this will surely make a statement to the world
DD - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 5:35am
I see the greatest building ever conceived, not because of its architectural design but the fact that America lives on. Not even terrorist can destroy the American spirit and I think this building is the perfect way to prove that! Live strong, live long, and live like you have never lived. The American people are stronger now then ever before, thank you to all the terrorists who have opened our eyes and always remember, we are going to get you, you pissed off one powerful country and don’t forget it. Watch your back, we are coming.
Brian S. - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 4:17am
I will always be proud to be an American. We are strongest even in times of tragedy. Remember,our spirit can't be broken, we are American. I would like to see a reflection pool of water showing the old World Trade Center Towers that could be seen while up in the new Freedom Tower Memorial.
A. Freeman - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 4:05am
I miss the old towers, but I look forward to the new one. Bravo, on such a beautiful design. It is worthy of New York's people. EWJ
Edward Jackson - Saturday, September 11th, 2004 @ 1:56am
the new desigen is really marvellous and it will be a symbol that worst power cant destory good or hardwork power.
esha - Monday, September 6th, 2004 @ 3:28pm
Comix - Friday, September 3rd, 2004 @ 2:32pm
I as a New Yorker feel that iam forcing myself to accept these buildings,beautiful maybe,the tallest never,remembrance never,73 stories of actual living space is all it has,the rest is a hollow so called accupational sector. This so called Milli Vanilli building,is only cause thats what first crossed my mind is a cheap cheat of a wanna be.Tallest structure yes but -t once again not building,The least what could have been done was make one extra to love our skies again,not wish for one.
DeadCat - Saturday, August 14th, 2004 @ 11:40pm
Shawn Gieber - Sunday, August 8th, 2004 @ 2:02pm
I don't get it!!? Is it essential that we build the "tallest" building in the world? In my opinion it is ostentatious and gaudy(if not downright hideous). Am I the only one who thinks it is absolutely disrespectful to the thousands who had to jump out of 110 story windows to their deaths, to rebuild something that is even higher and more dangerous than the one that collapsed before it? What is this architectural obsession with creating the tallest building in the world (even when it means risking the lives of so many)? Anyone who convinces themself that it is going to be any safer than the twin towers or that the risk of disaster is any less than before, is just delusional.
brandon - Wednesday, August 4th, 2004 @ 12:32pm
The new design is amazing. I am looking forward to traveling to New York to see it when it is completed.
Daniel - Saturday, July 31st, 2004 @ 10:07am
A terrific design that is unique. I am a New Yorker and I saw the WTC burn. This is a perfect building. It shows that the U.S. will always triumph over the evils of this world. God Bless America!!! This makes me even prouder to be an Aamerican!!
Vinny - Monday, July 19th, 2004 @ 4:17pm
initally i wanted the original twin towers back ..... I belive this could be better , the original design lacked usable and intresting public outdoor areas , this will have that , also the spire of light is a unique design intigration . lets build it , taller , stronger , prouder , and invite the world to see her . lets open arms , open our hearts , and show the world that we are unique because new york is truly a slice of all humanity , a pice of all nations ,living on an island , in the light of freedom
edward taylor - Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 @ 5:58am
Very interesting design - a real revolutionary design.
Cant wait to see the building finished. Hope to see more info as it is released.
Jason Gard - Sunday, July 4th, 2004 @ 9:29pm
Ugly It has no real look to it . Just another group of buildings.
Albert E. Amick jr. - Sunday, July 4th, 2004 @ 4:22pm
A very fitting tribute, to those who lost their lives at the site, and to those who witnessed the events of that horrible day.
Richard R. Wertz - Thursday, July 1st, 2004 @ 3:04am
I think that this building is very nice and would look good in New York's skyline
Henri Dubois - Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004 @ 3:15am
tuan - Thursday, May 27th, 2004 @ 2:34am
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