Remembering 911..There’s an app for that
On Sunday September 11, 2011 the world will pause to mark the events of September 11, 2001 that changed our world. From authoir and filmmaker Steven Rosenbaum, “The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future” tells the story of the World Trade Center through never-before-seen, videos, photos and first person accounts.
“I’ve been so privileged to be able to witness the design, construction, and curation process at The National 9/11 Memorial – and this ten year anniversary is so clearly a turning point for the nation as we rebuild,” said Rosenbaum. “Giving readers the ability to explore and experience the story, and journey onto the Memorial site on their own terms seemed to me to be the right way to let people connect with the story, the place, and the memories.”
The Twin Towers, along with the rest of the World Trade Center complex, was at the heart of the financial district of lower Manhattan. The original complex consisted of seven buildings, including World Trade Center 1 and World Trade Center 2 (the two largest buildings in the world, prior to the attacks), and contained 13.4 million square feet of office space, plus shopping, restaurants and a major hub for the subways downtown. This section features never before-seen-footage, photos and videos of the devastation on September 11, 2001.
To date, the 9/11 Memorial is fenced off and unavailable to the public. The 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2011, on the 10th anniversary, and will open to the public on September 12, 2011. This section features a comprehensive look of the enormous waterfalls and two reflecting pools, each about an acre in size. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.
Through his relationship with the 9/11 Memorial, Rosenbaum gained access into the entire building process of the actual memorial site, from start to finish. Here, viewers have a bird’s eye view of the initial planning meetings, the various architectural renderings, the chiseling of the names on the parapet, and the construction of the nation’s largest man made waterfalls.
In the short time I have spent with this app I am struck by the breadth of its coverage..over 400 pictures and 40 videos this is truly an epic undertaking. If you own an iPad this is one of those must have apps that you will come back to for years..like thumbing through a much loved book.
“The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future” is available for free for a limited time from the Apple App Store..don’t miss it.