And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream.
Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious.
To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.
Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.
Winning a competition in architecture is a ticket to oblivion. It's just an idea. Ninety-nine per cent never get built.
Only through acknowledgment of the erasure and void of Jewish life can the history of Berlin and Europe have a human future.
It's a fantastic responsibility and a wonderful moment.
And of course I like Berlin a lot. It's such an interesting city.
There are more people living in Lower Manhattan now than before the terrorist attacks. That's faith for you. There's such a strong spirit here.
I don't get to sleep when I'm in New York. Really. I'm living on adrenaline.
It's about how to bring together the seemingly contradictory aspects of the memorial, which is about a tragedy and how it changed the world, but also about creating a vital and beautiful city of the 21st century.
And then, build a bustling wonderful city of the 21st century, with a restoration of a spectacular skyline, which Manhattan, of course, needs. So, that is really the design as a whole.
There will be a competition for the memorial. And then it can be developed with trees, with planting. It can become a very beautiful place protected from the streets, because it is below. And it can be something very moving and very private.
When you're a kid with artistic yearnings brought up in the Bronx, you don't get fed up too easily.
The Spiral Gallery may happen, too. It is not dependent on government funding.
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