| ||Four months after the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a large empty space, entirely cleared of the remains of the Twin Towers, lay in the heart of Lower Manhattan, the nerve center of New York. The scars of the disaster on the facades of surrounding buildings were hidden beneath large tarpaulins. But despite the damage, the city was ready to bounce back. Chicago and San Francisco have both been devastated by fire over the course of their histories, and New York itself had two terrible fires, in 1776 and then in 1835. Each time, areas lost to the flames were rebuilt, as Manhattan’s Financial District will be. Shortly after the events of 9/11, a consultation process opened up, bringing architects, urban planners, and historians together with municipal authorities. In February 2003, the architectural project proposed by Daniel Libeskind, designer of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, was selected. Leaving the space where the Twin Towers once stood empty and defining it with buildings composed of broken lines, he pays homage to the 2,726 Americans and foreign nationals who died that day. Construction was started in April 2006 on a 12-billion-dollar budget and should be completed in 2015.
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