Join me for a conversation about how the structures at the World Trade Center convey meaning, memory, and hope. The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC. Wednesday, 9/20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Event is free and open to the public.
September 11, 2016
Sorrow and Healing Coexist at Ground Zero
CBS Sunday Morning’s Martha Teichner delivers "Sorrow and Healing Coexist at Ground Zero," a beautiful story on what has transpired during the fifteen years since September 11th. She calls the World Trade Center “a place to look down and weep, but it is also a place to look up and rejoice.” Introduced by Charles Osgood.
Judith Dupre discusses the new towers as part of the healing of the losses suffered at the height. Lee Ielpi, father of lost firefighter Jonathan Ielpi, was part of the Band of Dads, retired firefighters who helped with recovery, Of them all, only his son was found. Greg Carafello, who once worked at the Twin Towers, is the only person to return to One WTC, where he has a printing business on the 85th floor. He says, “It’s an act of pride. Coming back to one of the greatest buildings that I’ve ever been involved with, as far as looking at the way it’s built and the beauty of it, I think it is a salute to what we do in America.”
One WTC’s subtle symbolism, decoded, for America magazine: “Great resistance—to an idea, to a building, to those we deem unlike ourselves—usually means there is something still to understand.” Click through to read my cover story.
The more I examine the seven structures that have emerged at the World Trade Center in the intervening years since 9/11, the more clearly I see that they are part of the continuum of healing that began inside the Twin Towers even before they fell. The stories, too, began immediately.
"... Critics took a stance on this project way back in 2003, when the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation held a competition to design the site’s master plan and haven’t budged since. That’s a shame because the new buildings are extraordinarily attractive, strong and well constructed."
Yours truly, speaking about the new World Trade Center with Alice Bloom, the beloved host of A Town and Village Two, a cable show seen throughout Westchester County and Manhattan. Despite the blinding rain outside, and the 100 degree temps inside the tv studio, I was happy to speak with Alice about the rebuilding of the Trade Center and my new book on same.
George Erdosh writes, "With superb writing and awesome photography, One World Trade Center by Judith Dupré is a masterpiece of a book in every aspect, including book design… Dupré was masterful, giving us plenty of fascinating technical architectural details without resorting to technical jargon—all in layman’s term everyone can readily understand."