BSP Public Lecture: Rebuilding Ground Zero After 9/11
30 January 2020, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Lynne Sagalyn, Professor Emerita at Columbia Business School, joins us to discuss the planning and politics of symbolic territory.
Gustave Tuck Lecture TheatreWilkins BuildingGower StreetLondonWC1E 6BSUnited Kingdom
The rebuilding Ground Zero is a story of the power politics among contending government forces and private real estate interests. It is a story of ambition—among all the players with a stake in rebuilding and memorializing the events of 9/11. It is a story about the politics of reconciling aspiration with economic reality—accommodating the various interests swirling about the site without setting priorities among the many aspirations of rebuilding. It is not a story about heroes and villains, rather about people and personalities big and small, all wanting to put their mark on Ground Zero. Finally, it is a story that illuminates the role of symbolic politics. So often modern city building is dismissed as cold-hearted and detached from meaning, but the opposite was true at Ground Zero—where every action was infused with symbolic significance and debated with emotional intensity.
About the Speaker
Professor Emerita at Columbia Business School