Engineering Ground Zero

Engineering Ground Zero

DVD - 2011
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On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, follow the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers to make the buildings safe and highly secure under the pressures of a tight schedule, and more.
Publisher: [United States] : WGBH Educational Foundation ; PBS Distribution, c2011
ISBN: 9781608835164
1608835162
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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kpelish
May 05, 2017

One of the technicians, after expressing his sympathy, states "It's a job. We'll get it done." And they do, in the face of politics and grief and immovable deadlines for the 10th commemoration of 9/11. One of the best regional expressions of surmounting evil as the interviewees--including the architect and his perseverance in the face of his prismatic glass design failure--acknowledge their commitment to rebuilding an icon. This is a short film meant more as a snapshot of progress.

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new_orleansguy
Jan 25, 2015

This is an interesting documentary, that could have been made a lot better if a bit more info on some of the other projects that were presented (more than 500, or so this doc says) was included. As one could expect, some time is devoted to the issues raised by the reconstruction (although you don't see any weeping ninnies, thank God) and wether or not reconstruction should have happened in the first place. Luckily though, we are spared the endless debates and confrontations that made newspapers and tv-news headlines everywhere. There is some footage of the towers coming down but no endless repeats and different-angles shots, just a minute or so of footage. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in architecture and what it represents for a city or a country. Well done !

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Keogh
Jan 17, 2014

Since this is a PBS documentary, we can rest assured that it's done well. This NOVA documentary looks at the issues surrounding rebuilding at the site of the former World Trade Center, both in terms of a new primary office tower and a memorial museum. There's plenty of commentary from experts and architects along the way, and the information is presented in a thorough, direct manner that holds your attention. It's a different side to 9/11 than one might expect, but the result is quite compelling.

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