A new design for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site slopes gracefully into a spire rising 532.8m, echoing the Statue of Liberty, images released on Friday show. \nThe new plan -- which comes after months of contentious negotiations between designers Daniel Libeskind and David Childs -- retains many elements of Libeskind's original plan but appears to smooth out its most angular elements. \nAt a news conference to unveil the design, Childs said the tower must be "simple and pure in its form, a memorable form that will reclaim the resilience and the spirit of our democracy." \nNew York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the tower, which would be the world's tallest, would "dramatically reclaim a part of the New York City skyline that was lost on 9-11." \n"This is a wonderful day, not just for New York, but for the US," said Bloomberg, who appeared with the architects and George Pataki, governor of New York state, to unveil the new design. \nThe cost is estimated at US$1.5 billion, said Charles Gargano, vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the public agency that owns the site. \nGargano said the Port Authority, once headquartered in the World Trade Center, plans to occupy one-third of the building's office space. The governor's Manhattan offices will also be located in the tower. \nThe plan follows the original, asymmetrical structure proposed by Libeskind, who was originally tapped as the architect to remake the area known as "ground zero" by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp, the agency charged with redevelopment. \nBut Childs, who was appointed by leaseholder Larry Silverstein, succeeded in including a lattice structure complete with energy-generating windmills at the top of the building. Childs likened the suspension elements of the new design to the Brooklyn Bridge, with the bottom of the building "torqued or twisted." \nThe building is to be put up on the northwest part of the World Trade Center site, not on the footprint of the vanished towers. \nThe plan calls for a cable suspension structure that creates an open area above the building's 70 floors of office space, and houses windmills to generate energy. The windmills could provide 20 percent of the building's energy. \nSilverstein, often a silent presence at redevelopment announcements, said he was emotionally moved by both the design and the process of creating it. \n"What we see today is, in my judgment, beautiful. It's spectacular; it is also very practical," Silverstein said. \nHe has promised to build one new skyscraper at the site each year after the expected completion of the Freedom Tower in 2009, finishing the five-building complex in 2013. \nThe new design retains an important part of Libeskind's original concept, an 82.8m spire intended to evoke the Statue of Liberty nearby in New York Harbor. \nDespite persistent reports of conflict between the two designers, Childs told NBC they had "a spectacular time working together. Creative minds have different thoughts about how you do things. I wouldn't want to work with somebody who would just say yes." \n"This represents a melding of two very, very talented, creative geniuses," Pataki said. \nNegotiations had been contentious between the two architects. Libeskind, who created the Jewish Museum in Berlin but has little experience with major commercial projects, once compared the relationship with Childs, who designed the new Time Warner building in Manhattan, to a "forced marriage." \nSeveral safety features were included in the design, such as separate staircases for firefighters and a "blast-resistant glaze" on the lobby glass.
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Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown
LIFELONG LOSS: Jiro Hamasumi, who was not quite born when an atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, lost his father and other relatives, but said he thinks about his father daily As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors is working to ensure their message lives on after them. The “hibakusha” — literally “person affected by the bomb” — have for decades been a powerful voice calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. There are an estimated 136,700 left, many of whom were infants or soon to be born at the time of the attacks. The average age of a survivor now is a little over 83, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health, lending an urgency as they share their testimonies