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The 9/11 Memorial Museum: Memory, Authenticity, Scale and Emotion

At the emotional rebuilding at Ground Zero, learn how design can resolve conflict and bring peace to a community.


How do you design a museum on an iconic site that pays homage to a tragic event, while respecting the feelings and memories of survivors, family members, and residents? You’ll revisit the emotionally charged rebuilding at Ground Zero of the 9/11 tragedy, exploring issues and processes surrounding design of the 9/11 Memorial Museum:

  • Legal requirements to preserve public access to surviving artifacts of the site, including foundations of the Towers, the slurry wall, and the "survivors’ stairs"
  • Means of integrating exhibit content and narrative into architectural form
  • Collaboration with family members, survivors, preservationists, community residents, scholars, and curators
  • The Section 106 Process for accessing and preserving historic resources

Through this case study, gain insights into how design and architecture can help resolve conflict, appease stakeholders, and bring peace to a community.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the Section 106 Process for access to and preservation of historic resources.
  • Identify means by which in-situ historic artifacts are stabilized, recorded and protected during a design and construction process.
  • Define a public input and review process for a sensitive design challenge.
  • Explore means of integration of exhibit content and architectural design.
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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
1.00 LU
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  • RIBA


  • Steven M. Davis

    Steven M. Davis


    Partner | Davis Brody Bond

    Steven Davis’ portfolio is diverse and reflects his ability to unite complex programmatic...
  • Carl Krebs

    Carl F. Krebs


    Partner | Davis Brody Bond

    Carl Krebs’ work at Davis Brody Bond for over two decades has focused on cultural, civic and...
  • Mark Wagner

    Mark M. Wagner


    Associate Partner | Davis Brody Bond

    Mark Wagner has extensive experience in the design of cultural projects and is currently an...