- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade; Reprint edition (13 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081296795X
- ISBN-13: 978-0812967951
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,140,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York Paperback – 13 Sep 2005
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"Paul Goldberger is America's foremost interpreter of public architecture, and it is hard to imagine an architectural project more important to Americans than the one his latest book describes. It is a fraught and fascinating tale, and very nicely told." -Tracy Kidder
"From the Hardcover edition."
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In "Up from Zero, Paul Goldberger, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the inside story of the quest to rebuild one of the most important symbolic sites in the world, the sixteen acres where the towers of the former World Trade Center stood. A story of power, politics, architecture, community, and culture, "Up from Zero takes us inside the controversial struggle to create and build one of the most challenging urban-design projects in history.
What should replace the fallen towers? Who had the courage and vision to rise to the task of rebuilding? Who had the right, finally, to decide? The struggle began soon after September 11, 2001, as titanic egos took sides, made demands, and jockeyed for power. Lawyers, developers, grieving families, local residents, politicians, artists, and architects all had fierce needs, radically different ideas, strong emotions, and boundless determination. How could conflicting interests be resolved? After hundreds of hours of often rancorous meetings, the first sets of plans were finally revealed in the summer of 2002-and the results were staggeringly disappointing.
Yet, as Goldberger shows, the rebuilding process recovered and began to flourish. Rather than degenerating into turf wars, it evolved in ways that no one could have predicted. From the decision to reintegrate the site into the dense fabric of lower Manhattan, to the choice of Daniel Libeskind as master planner, to the appointment of a memorial jury, the process has been marked by moments of bold vision, effective community activism, and personal instinct, punctuating the often contentious politics of public participation.
"Up from Zero takes in the full sweep of this tremendous effort.Goldberger presents a drama of creative minds at work, solving seemingly insurmountable clashes of taste, interests, and ideas. With unique access to the players and the process, and with a sophisticated understanding of architecture and its impact on people and on the social and cultural life of a city, Paul Goldberger here chronicles the courage, the sacrifices, and the burning passions at the heart of one of the greatest efforts of urban revitalization in modern times.
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Supplementing illustrations are in "Imagining Ground Zero" - ISBN: 0847826570.
Is it because the book carefully analyzes
pros and cons on the history of the area?
Is it because the book brings alive the political
games of Port Authority and LMDC?
Is it because the book broadcasts the competition
of world-class architects?
Is it because the book records the behind scenes
of super architects' dirty cat fight?
Is it because the eye of the book is not only from
top-down, but also bottom-up?
Is it because the book tells what the role of developer is in NY?
Well, the book surely answers all of above-mentioned questions. But the real drama of the book is in what the New Yorkers did together to make this site memorable and meaningful (both symbolically and practically); a strong testimony to the victorious civic life against the destructive terrorists attacks.
Paul Goldberger bites that drama with such tenacity and rigor that it's really difficult to put down the book once in hands. The book actually mentions that NY had to wait several months before speaking of rebuilding because nobody dared to speak when the scars of terrorism was just around the corner. What a tragic yet promising story!
The heart of the matter is that in the turmoil of rebuilding energy arises a revelation how a great contemporary city -such as New York- claims it's identity. It's a city of ideas. It's a city of debates. It's a city of interactions, and it's a city of generating hope from the deepest despair of human affairs. "It's a city of Victors, not Victims"
I would like to believe that Goldberger, as a New Yorker, simply could not resist speaking of what he had witnessed. The book is mind bothering, yet, heart beating read.
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