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Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York

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In Up from Zero, Paul Goldberger, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the inside story of the quest to rebuild one of the most important symbolic sites in the world, the sixteen acres where the towers of the former World Trade Center stood. A story of power, politics, architecture, community, and culture, Up from Zero takes us inside the controversial struggle to create and build one of the most challenging urban-design projects in history.

What should replace the fallen towers? Who had the courage and vision to rise to the task of rebuilding? Who had the right, finally, to decide? The struggle began soon after September 11, 2001, as titanic egos took sides, made demands, and jockeyed for power. Lawyers, developers, grieving families, local residents, politicians, artists, and architects all had fierce needs, radically different ideas, strong emotions, and boundless determination. How could conflicting interests be resolved? After hundreds of hours of often rancorous meetings, the first sets of plans were finally revealed in the summer of 2002–and the results were staggeringly disappointing.

Yet, as Goldberger shows, the rebuilding process recovered and began to flourish. Rather than degenerating into turf wars, it evolved in ways that no one could have predicted. From the decision to reintegrate the site into the dense fabric of lower Manhattan, to the choice of Daniel Libeskind as master planner, to the appointment of a memorial jury, the process has been marked by moments of bold vision, effective community activism, and personal instinct, punctuating the often contentious politics of public participation.

Up from Zero takes in the full sweep of this tremendous effort. Goldberger presents a drama of creative minds at work, solving seemingly insurmountable clashes of taste, interests, and ideas. With unique access to the players and the process, and with a sophisticated understanding of architecture and its impact on people and on the social and cultural life of a city, Paul Goldberger here chronicles the courage, the sacrifices, and the burning passions at the heart of one of the greatest efforts of urban revitalization in modern times.

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic journeys behind the scenes to explore the struggle to rebuild the site at Ground Zero, offering a social, political, cultural, and architectural history of the World Trade Center and the artistic, financial, and emotional challenges of creating a design for the site. 45,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

In Up from Zero, Paul Goldberger, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the inside story of the quest to rebuild one of the most important symbolic sites in the world, the sixteen acres where the towers of the former World Trade Center stood. A story of power, politics, architecture, community, and culture, Up from Zero takes us inside the controversial struggle to create and build one of the most challenging urban-design projects in history.

What should replace the fallen towers? Who had the courage and vision to rise to the task of rebuilding? Who had the right, finally, to decide? The struggle began soon after September 11, 2001, as titanic egos took sides, made demands, and jockeyed for power. Lawyers, developers, grieving families, local residents, politicians, artists, and architects all had fierce needs, radically different ideas, strong emotions, and boundless determination. How could conflicting interests be resolved? After hundreds of hours of often rancoro

About the Author

Architectural critic for The New Yorker since 1997, PAUL GOLDBERGER spent more than twenty-five years at The New York Times, where he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Medal of the American Institute of Architects. He is the author of several books, including The City Observed; The Skyscraper; On the Rise: Architecture and Design in a Postmodern Age; Houses of the Hamptons; Above New York; The World Trade Center Remembered; and, with Matteo Pericoli, Manhattan Unfurled. He appears frequently on film and television to discuss art, architecture, and cities, most recently in Ric Burns’s epic New York: A Documentary Film, and in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Frank Lloyd Wright. He has taught at Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently dean of Parsons School of Design.

Visit the author’s website at www.paulgoldberger.com

Table of Contents

Architecture takes the stage — Rockefeller's vision: the original World Trade Center — the decision to rebuild / Reclaiming the skyline — finding common ground for money and culture / The future of memory — what matters and who decides? / Listening to the city — Fitting it all on sixteen acres — the public demands more / Boldness and vision — The innovative design study — the city responds to the designs / Making things better — building a consensus / Architecture as democracy — design gets personal / Libeskind and THINK — The marriage of politics and building — the collaboration of Childs and Libeskind / An unnatural hybrid — The memorial competition — Reflecting absence — Commerce and culture at ground zero.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588364227
Subtitle:
Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Goldberger, Paul
Author:
Goldberger Paul
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
History-United States - General
Subject:
History : United States - General
Subject:
Architecture : General
Subject:
Political Science : Public Policy - City Planning & Urban De
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
Architecture-Types
Subject:
Architecture-United States East
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
History : United States - 21st Century
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History : United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
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main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040901
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
273

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"Synopsis" by , A Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic journeys behind the scenes to explore the struggle to rebuild the site at Ground Zero, offering a social, political, cultural, and architectural history of the World Trade Center and the artistic, financial, and emotional challenges of creating a design for the site. 45,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , In Up from Zero, Paul Goldberger, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the inside story of the quest to rebuild one of the most important symbolic sites in the world, the sixteen acres where the towers of the former World Trade Center stood. A story of power, politics, architecture, community, and culture, Up from Zero takes us inside the controversial struggle to create and build one of the most challenging urban-design projects in history.

What should replace the fallen towers? Who had the courage and vision to rise to the task of rebuilding? Who had the right, finally, to decide? The struggle began soon after September 11, 2001, as titanic egos took sides, made demands, and jockeyed for power. Lawyers, developers, grieving families, local residents, politicians, artists, and architects all had fierce needs, radically different ideas, strong emotions, and boundless determination. How could conflicting interests be resolved? After hundreds of hours of often rancoro

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