What hit me there was the awful anticlimax of repetition. A singular moment, the Big Bang that launched a fearful decade, is marked by déjà vu. “Never forget,” this monument exhorts—and then says it again — New York Magazine
Justin Davidson reviews Michael Arad's almost completed 9/11 memorial. He finds that while the original concept was noteworthy for its poetic simplicity, a thicket of bureaucracies, budgets, rules, security fears, agendas, and political interests have dogged virtually every step of the redevelopment. This has resulted in a space which "has an uncertain vibe. Its equilibrium will depend on an ongoing negotiation between those who consider it a public square and those who yearn for decorum and remembrance."
An LA Times review, by Christopher Hawthorne was previously posted to Archinect