Ground zero is one of the most challenging construction sites there’s ever been. In the wake of 9/11 everyone agreed that something had to be done but no one could agree on exactly what.
The resulting skyscraper that now stands alongside the memorial on the site is an almost reluctant American icon. It’s a building that does a bit of everything that everyone wanted – whether that was projecting strength or appearing elegant, acting as a symbolic landmark or offering premium office space.
It’s a skyscraper built of compromise, an icon by committee.
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Executive Producer and Narrator – Fred Mills
Producer – Tim Gibson
Video Editing and Graphics – James Durkin
Additional footage and images courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ CC BY-SA 2.0, Silverstein Properties Inc, Bundeswehr-Fotos, Studio Libeskind, The Dronalist, Alec Perkins / CC BY-SA 2.0, Vlad Lazarenko / CC BY-SA 2.0, Gerd Eichmann/ CC BY-SA 2.0, Beija / CC BY-SA 2.0, Carol M. Highsmith / CC BY-SA 2.0, King of Hearts/ CC BY-SA 2.0, Anthony Quintano / CC BY-SA 2.0, Marc Nozell / CC BY-SA 2.0, DBOX / Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) / Millar.
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