On the tenth anniversary of 9/11 this past fall, much of the discussion of Ground Zero looked backward. But there is also a need to look forward and address the future of Ground Zero and Lower Manhattan. How will the redesign of the site and the struggles over its making affect the future of urbanism and development in Manhattan? Was the transformation of lower Manhattan already underway before the attacks on the World Trade Center? What role will memorialization play in the future downtown, in the context of broad economic and environmental change? Hear a distinguished panel discuss the future of—and from—Ground Zero. Participants include Dilip da Cunha, architect and planner, lecturer, Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania; Paul Goldberger, Joseph Urban Chair of Design and Architecture at Parsons The New School for Design and author of Up from Zero, about the Ground Zero rebuilding process; Paul Travis, managing partner and owner of Washington Square Partners, Inc.; and Christopher Ward, former executive director of the Port Authority. Moderated by David Scobey, executive dean of The New School for Public Engagement. THE NEW SCHOOL | http://www.newschool.edu Sponsored by The New School for Public Engagement."
Dilip da Cunha
Architect, city planner. Dilip da Cunha is a principal of the Philadelphia-based landscape, planning and architecture firm Mathur/da Cunha. The firm's work emphasizes the nature of landscape as a shifting as well as culturally layered condition. The firm's research and design work was recognized with a 2000 Young Architects Award. Da Cunha has authored numerous publications including Second Nature (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001), and Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore's Terrain (Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2006).
Paul Goldberger has been The New Yorker's architecture critic since 1997. He holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at the New School. His books include "The City Observed: New York" and "Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York." His most recent books, "Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture," a collection of his New Yorker columns, and "Why Architecture Matters," came out last year.
David Scobey, executive dean of The New School for Public Engagement and a national leader in developing innovative methods to bring higher-education institutions together with communities to explore the arts, humanities, and design. Scobey is the author of Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape and other studies of politics, culture, and space in 19th-century America.
Paul Travis is managing partner of Washington Square Partners, a real estate development advisory firm in New York City which he founded in 1994.
Over the years, he has worked with corporations, non-profit institutions, and government entities to reconfigure real estate assets and solve land use issues.
He is also a partner in Kingsbridge Development Partners, a real estate development firm which developed River Plaza in the Bronx, New York, the first major private development in the Bronx in twenty years. Since its inception, his firm has been responsible for several major redevelopment initiatives, including Moynihan Station Redevelopment, New York Historical Society, Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment, Cooper Union, Harlem Park, River Plaza, Theater Row, Long Island City and Skyland Center in Washington, D.C.
Prior to founding Washington Square Partners, Mr. Travis served as chief operating officer of Forest City Ratner Companies in New York City, where he was responsible for the development and leasing of MetroTech Center, a 4.5-million-square-foot complex in Brooklyn, New York. He was also responsible for the development of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the first new convention center hotel in that city.
Ward was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of Barbara Carnes Ward and John William Ward, a Professor of English and History at Princeton University who later served as President of Amherst College. He attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, earning a B.A. degree in 1976. He worked on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico before attending Harvard Divinity School, where he received a Master of Theological Studies.
Ward worked at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs as Director of Research from 1982 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he was an Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Department of Telecommunications and Energy. He was Senior Vice President for Transportation and Commerce at the New York City Economic Development Corporation from 1992 to 1996.
Ward then worked in the private sector as Director of Business Development of American Stevedoring, Inc. from 1996 to 1997. From 1997 to 2002, he was Chief of Planning and External Affairs and Director of Port Development for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He then served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection from 2002 to 2005.
Ward returned to the private sector, as CEO of American Stevedoring from 2005 to 2006, and then as Managing Director of the General Contractors Association of New York, Inc. (GCA). After New York Governor David Paterson recommended Ward to become Executive Director of the Port Authority, he was appointed to the position on May 22, 2008.
Ward is charged with overseeing the planned expansion of Pennsylvania Station to the James Farley Post Office, which will be named Moynihan Station. He attracted attention in July 2008 when he announced that construction at the World Trade Center site would run longer and cost significantly more than previously promised. He is also a survivor of the 9/11 Attacks. Ward was in building 5 when Tower 1 collapsed and was later rescued.
Paul Travis, Managing Partner of Washington Square Partners, displays concept designs for the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero, including the chosen "Freedom Tower". Due for completion in 2013, Travis explains that the memorial will feature an open footprint of the Twin Towers and a museum built 70 feet underground.