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October 24, 2002
Library of Congress Presents Panel Discussion of Experts on Proposals for Rebuilding at the World Trade Center Site
Robert Ivy, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, will moderate a panel discussion on Friday, Nov. 1, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. on "Ground Zero: From Dreams and Schemes to Reality." The panelists will evaluate the development and direction of current proposals for the World Trade Center site.
Participants in the panel discussion are Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker; Rafael ViÒoly, architect; and Craig Whitaker, architect and urban designer.
The program is presented as a complement to the exhibition "Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress"-on view in the North Gallery of the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building through Nov. 2-by the Library's Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering in association with Architectural Record, the National Building Museum, the American Architectural Foundation, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
"Witness and Response" documents the stunning events of September 11-from the Pentagon to Shanksville, Pa. to the World Trade Center-and tells the story of the extraordinary efforts made by Library of Congress curators to acquire a wide range of materials (often unique and ephemeral) so that they might be preserved for generations to come. The photographs, posters, cartoons, films, original and architectural drawings, maps and newspaper clippings on display-as well as an archives of related Web sites-remind the viewer once again of the drama of that day. Included in the exhibition is a digital gallery of images from "A New World Trade Center: Design Proposals." In collaboration with the editors of Architectural Record, New York gallery owner Max Protetch solicited 60 proposals from architects from around the world. The results have been the subject of subsequent exhibitions at the National Building Museum and the Venice Biennale. The Library of Congress is acquiring the entire archives and related materials.
The Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering in the Library of Congress was established in 2002 through a bequest from the architect Paul Rudolph.
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