Public criticism in 2002 of the initial round of WTC rebuild concepts by 6 architectural design firms triggered a response from the LMDC. It was decided that a public outreach should be used to obtain ideas for a new vision.

Public submission of ideas was conducted during July/August of 2002 by New York New Visions. It was to be used for public display of ideas submitted for the new concept for the WTC site.

It was at this point, on July 22, 2002, that I submitted the WTC concept that involved beams of sunlight appearing at 9:15 am each Sept. 11, the reflecting facades and the “tree of life” and green building as a regenerative concept.

It was subsequently used and developed as the WTC concept without attribution.

L. Barlow, AIA

Links below will provide background information:

What public submittal to NYNV?

Concept as submitted 2002

email history to LMDC

Winning concept as adapted by Liebeskind

Guarding Wikipedia!

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Manhattanhenge

Shaping the Light

This concept has evolved and developed in other memorials:

What Ever Happened to Daniel Libeskind’s Original WTC Freedom Tower Design?

Flight 772  Libya

Boston Logan 9/11 Memorial

Tree of Life Returns to WTC