Today, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in NYC were destroyed. At this time, it is unknown how many lives have been lost. This is indeed a tragic event, and my thoughts go out to everyone who was affected by this dastardly terrorist attack on our nation. It is hard to fathom the amount of coordination and forethought put into this attack. It is unbelievable.
Sometime in the future... months? years? ...there will be space available on southern Manhattan where the two towers used to stand. The footprint will be cleared and developable real estate will be available. As an urban planning student, after thinking about the loss of life and the changed lives, all I can think about is the old WTC site and wonder what will go there and fill the space. Will there be a memorial? Will a new WTC go up? If new structures are built, how tall will they be, or perhaps from a national security POV, how tall should the new buildings be? Should there be height and density restrictions for commercial towers? How will the security implications of this attack affect the designs of future downtown office buildings? How will it affect the future of the architecture profession?
I know, I'm asking tons of questions. I'm in total shock. I don't have answers to any of these questions. But for the sake of discussion, feel free to share you thoughts on the implications of this attack on the planning profession, if any at all.