ISRAELI'S PLAN CHOSEN FOR WTC SITE
The winning plan for the memorial to be built at the site of the felled World Trade Center towers was co-designed by Israeli-born Michael Arad. Over 5,200 proposals from more than 60 countries - and from every state in the U.S. except Alaska - were received last year, and in November, eight finalists were chosen. A special team of 13 jurors deliberated this week for nearly 12 hours, and announced yesterday that it had chosen the plan entitled "Reflecting Absence."
Architect Michael Arad, 34, works for New York City's Housing Authority. He is the son of former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Moshe Arad.
The winning scheme includes an open plaza dotted with palm trees, with two low pools where the 104-story towers used to stand. The names of all those killed in both World Trade Center terrorist attacks - the famous one on 9/11 and a smaller-scale one in 1993 in which six people were killed - will be inscribed on a wall, and a separate area will contain unidentified remains. Revisions in the plan are to be made before the model is unveiled next week.