Architecture: Filling The Voids

Daniel Libeskind, once just a theorist, is now the world's hottest practitioner

When Daniel Libeskind was invited last summer to submit ideas for rebuilding the area around the World Trade Center, he flew from his home in Berlin to visit the site. He descended into "the bathtub," the vast concrete basin in which the foundations of both towers once rested. As the street-level sounds of the city fell away, the primeval depths of Manhattan filled his view. "At that bedrock level you can see the indelible traces of the towers," says Libeskind. "These were walls that had withstood the trauma of the attack. I thought to myself, There is something very significant here--the...

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