Saturday, January 26, 2002

I watched a bit of a documentary, that I've seen before, on the World Trade Center that was made about a year ago. Several of the people that speak during the presentation are among those missing and presumed dead. It puts a human face on the numbers and also captures the imensity of the destruction that was wrought on September 11th of last year. They show it on the History Channel, below is a description of the program:

One of the most massive publicly funded construction projects ever undertaken, the World Trade Center was an engineering marvel. For a time, its famous twin towers were the tallest buildings on earth, and the total complex, with seven buildings, an underground shopping concourse and a plaza modeled after Venice's St. Marks Square included over 10 million square feet of office space.

Several of the principals interviewed were involved in the planning, design and construction of the WORLD TRADE CENTER for this comprehensive look at the landmark that was destroyed on September 11, 2001. Executives at Minoru Yamasaki Associates recall how the plans were shaped, and explain how the engineering decisions they made directly affected the final appearance of the complex. Frank A. DeMartini, the construction manager, talks about the nearly three-decade-long process of realizing the ambitious plans, and Carol Willis, the Founder and Director of the Skyscraper Museum, reflects on the many innovations that made the World Trade Center among the most influential and important building complexes ever made.

Filled with extraordinary photos and footage of the construction of the twin towers, this is an in-depth look at a vanished landmark.