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To make or not to make…

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

The idea to make a financial center on Manhattan born into 1946, from the World Trade Corporation with a plan of 140 million dollars. The plan was never maked.

map of the Plan of New York city (1969)


After the 1960, David Rockfeller dreams to build a new financial center at Manhattan: the World Trade Center Project have a cost of 525 milions of dollars. Into the 1958 the Rockfeller’s family participated at the foundation Downtown Lower Manhattan Association (DLMA). This foundation proposed various plan fot the social and economic development of the district. The DLMA was build 11 works, also with the World Trade Center buildings, a heliport, a civic center and with the idea to fill with earth some areas of the East River to create new building zone.

The 2 World Trade Center’s tower was builded also with the help of Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York between 1958 and 1973, grandson of David Rockefeller.

Battery Park City: towers with offices and apartments


The Plan of New York City (1969) planned territorially the entire New York City, make an snapshot of the town and try to identified potential growth and estimate the criticity in order to plan for the long term the best territorial’s solutions.

For Manhattan this plan considered the World Trade Center complex under construction and found the best position for the other buildings: the Battery Park City (residential area close to WTC complex), in front of the Hudson River; the civic center; the New York Stock Exchange in front of the East River.

New York Stock Exchange


Images from Plan of New York in 1969, courtesy of the Library of the University of Padua.

Should be

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

Into the Lower Manhattan Plan of 1966, the World Trade Center complex was already provided. The territorial plan of the Planning Commission had the task the structure of the district. To make this, some areas were expected to be used for residential use, others for the economic market. In this territorial plan has been developed the idea of ​​burying the creeks with construction’s materials from landfill to create new building areas.

Lower Manhattan Plan (cover)

Lower Manhattan Plan (1966) make by the Planning Commission