17 July 2002
Source: New York Times, July 17, 2002; photos by Reuters:


An appraisal of the plans by the New York Times architecture critic:


On May 29, 2002, Cryptome filed a freedom of information request with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Empire State Development Corporation for all documentation on the selection of Beyer Blinder Bell, Architects and Planners, as consultant for reconstruction, copy below. The PA and Empire State acknowledged the request and promised to  respond but no timetable was given.

On July 1, Empire State wrote that information would be released on July 15, presumably keyed to the release of the six schemes shown below, but nothing has yet come in.

Natsios-Young Architects, operators of Cryptome and Cartome, submitted a proposal with Michael Sorkin Studio for the contract awarded to Beyer Blinder Bell -- http://cryptome.sabotage.org/wtc-proposal.htm


Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 10:13:54 -0700
To: InfoLMDC@empire.state.ny.us,rv-etten@panynj.gov
From: John Young <jya@pipeline.com>
Subject: Freedom of Information Request

29 May 2002

Mr. John Whitehead, Chairman
Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

Joseph J. Seymour
Executive Director
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Jack G. Sinagra
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Robert E. Van Etten
Inspector General
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Subject: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Messrs. Whitehead, Seymour, Sinagra and Van Etten,

This request is made under provisions of federal, state and local law governing freedom of information on governmental activities.

I request information and documents concerning proposals, review criteria, recommendations, and selections concerning the PANYNJ/LMDC solicitation:

Request for Proposals to Provide Expert Professional Consultant Services Related to the Initial Phase of a Comprehensive Urban Planning and Transportation Study of the Downtown Manhattan Area with Special Emphasis on Development of the World Trade Center Site and Adjacent Areas.

Information requested includes but is not limited to:

1. Complete copies of all proposals submitted.

2. Proposal review and evaluation criteria.

3. Criteria and recommendations for short-listing proposers.

4. Records of short-listed proposers interviews.

5. Criteria and methodology for recommending final selection.

6. Criteria and methodology for final selection.

7. Correspondence and records of communications concerning the proposals and selections among advisory and decisionmaking parties -- governmental and public.

8. Documentaion on notification of losers and winner among the proposers.

We will be pleased to pay for costs of this request as provided by law on FOI.


John Young
251 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024
Tel: 212-873-8700
Fax: 212-787-6102

Six WTC redevelopment plans presented to the public by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on July 16, 2002.

Memorial Triangle: Would include a five-acre triangular open space surrounded by memorials and cultural and commercial facilities, including a public pavilion. The footprint of 1 World Trade Center would be covered by the pavilion.

Memorial Square: Would include a 10-acre square framed by 10-story buildings. The rooftops of these buildings would have gardens connected by a continuous public walkway overlooking the square. The footprints of the former towers would be left as open space aboveground.

Memorial Plaza: Would include an eight-acre plaza west of a newly extended Greenwich Street. The plaza would have both memorials and cultural buildings. The footprints of the former towers would be left as open space aboveground.

Memorial Park: Would include a six-acre park partly situated on a deck over West Street. Two buildings for cultural uses would be on the edge of the park. The footprints of the former towers would be partly covered.

Memorial Garden: Would include a four-acre open space. The southwest corner of this space would be reserved for memorial and cultural uses. The footprints of the former towers would be left as open space above ground.

Memorial Promenade: Would include a large oval park built on a deck above West Street as well as a promenade that would run above West Street all the way to Battery Park. The walk would be lined with trees or plants in memory of each of the victims. The footprints of the former towers would be partly covered.

Mapquest composite by Cryptome.