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Flight 93 Memorial

I enjoyed this architectural review of the new Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, particularly its discussion of how less is more and how a minimal design invites further contemplation.

I also admired this paragraph:

It is neither a park, carefully crafted, nor an untouched landscape. It is a palimpsest of man’s relation to the land, a mix of scars and healing, domesticated space and space reclaimed by natural forces. By helping to repair a landscape devastated by mining, the memorial hints at the need for a larger kind of healing after the events of Sept. 11. Just as the best of us hope to leave the world a better place when we die, the memorial leaves the land near Shanksville better than it was 10 years ago, when it received the wound that will forever mark it on the map.


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