David Rockwell talks about building the 9/11 viewing platform, on

Architect David Rockwell loves to create drama and spectacle, in his designs for casino interiors, hotels, restaurants, movie and theater sets, and even a playground. Shortly after 9/11, he collaborated with other designers and architects to create a temporary viewing platform overlooking Ground Zero in New York. Here, in conversation with Kurt Andersen, Rockwell talks about how — working with simple materials and an impossible timetable — this team created a subdued, respectful, powerfully moving memorial space. (Recorded February 2002 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 24:48) Read David Rockwell’s profile on

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