John Teressi, designer of the 7th Proposal, for
the new World Trade Center in New York City, www.7thproposal.com.
did you create the 7th Proposal?
had no intention of designing new buildings for the World Trade
Center site until I read an article in the Los Angeles Times. I
was waiting for beautiful and inspiring buildings to appear. When
I realized that all six proposals from the major architectural firms
of the world were rejected. I was saddened that they had completely
missed the opportunity that was presented to them. They had the
chance to turn a tragedy into a powerful statement for the human
why did you get involved?
I was so extraordinarily disappointed, that I immediately began
drawing my own designs all over the newspaper article. I felt that
someone had to step forward and provide an alternate vision. I wanted
to share with the people of the world our American Spirit of freedom
what is your vision?
entire World Trade Center Site should not only be a memorial, but
it should be an affirmation of the human spirit and its ability
to rise to a new octave, a higher vibrational level.
do you mean by a Higher Vibrational level?
the essence of all things created, there is what I term "A
Truth." A truth is something that can be reduced to it most
perfect simplicity in its form and function. This truth is apparent
in all natural things: the streamlined wings of a bird, the functional
curves of a dolphin, and the delicate, but strong architecture of
a butterfly. These are creations, which are born from truth. Nothing
in nature was created with a straight line or ruler. The next vibrational
level seeks to express and mirror the desires of our hearts and
souls, not of our minds.
you think you achieved this higher vibrational level in your building
designs for the World Trade Center site?
Within the confines of this small area in the hyper density of New
York, it was my objective to create an assemblage of buildings,
each communicating with each other in an integrated harmonic whole.
I did this on three levels. first, by creating inspiring design
through inspirational forms and shapes while trying to emulate the
former awe-inspiring dimensions of man's technological achievement,
which was the World Trade Center towers. Second, I created new functions
and attractions for the site itself. Third, I wanted to integrate
all of the above in a resonating, interactive site plan.
do you mean by new functions and attractions?
think everyone who understands the enormity of this loss has been
tragically scarred by this event. The people of the world need to
be healed; new energies need to be created that will turn this tragedy
into inspiration. I have used my site plan as a destination center
for visitors, for all those who wish to be regenerated and want
an opportunity to pay their respects to those who have perished.
Because we are an ever evolving race of beings, it is important
that we honor not only those who perished, but future generations
to come. Instead of a Memorial Park, I have created a Children's
Exposition and Learning Center. This is a place, which honors the
spirit of those who died and future spirits who will be born. This
design has an overall appearance of being an abstract cradle. It
appears as two shells opening up to the sky with an activity center
and sculpture garden linking the two sides together. This is
what I wanted to create for the overall theme of the site…a regeneration
of Spirit and a New Linking Together of World Consciousness.
you create any Memorial buildings?
I realized that in accordance with the general public opinion, there
should be no buildings on the footprint of the former World Trade
Center Towers. So, in the spirit of linking together those who have
passed and those who would be inspired with a reaffirmation of the
human spirit, I have created a Memorial Bridge. This Bridge spans
the distance between the two former Towers. The location of the
former towers become lakes, and the Memorial Bridge functions as
a living architectural statement linking the past and the future
with the creation of an Atrium and World Botanical Garden, with
plants from each of the 55 nations who lost citizens in the tragedy.
you design any other buildings to honor those who lost their lives?
The full concept of form and function is to create a cohesive whole
and to integrate the theme into a modern, inspirational site, which
should include a Memorial Museum. This small museum will house all
the architectural records of the buildings and of the terrible event
that occurred on Sept. 11th. It will include a media center displaying
pictures and biographies of the heroes, the survivors and those
who perished. It will serve as a learning center for all future
generations. I also designed the Rings of Life, stained glass
rings hovering over the lakes that were formed on the footprints
of the original twin towers. The Maze of Memories is a garden
designed around a bronze ring of names of those lost. The Bronze
ring supports a fountain with a globe of the world turning on hydraulic
water pressure centerpiece as the centerpiece.
Did you create a place for people to assemble
and attend services based on their religious beliefs?
I created what I call a Chapel of Wings. It is a non-denominational
chapel made from stained glass with a soaring ceiling to inspire
the Spirit of those who wish to honor the people who lost their
you included in your 7th Proposal the requirements necessary for
the commercial and residential aspects of the site?
It was my intention to create a tourist destination that would invite
visitors from around the world to experience the beauty and harmony
of this new, cutting-edge design, to enjoy the museums, the Children's
Expo, the shops, restaurants and galleries. The site was designed
to inspire creativity and imagination. I have created six commercial
towers, three at Victory Plaza, three in Freedom Plaza, which are
based on 7-story, tiered bases, that include offices, retail, commercial
and residential property. The residential area forms part of the
base and has tiered terraces with views of the park.
would you consider as the basis of your site design?
The basis was to create an integrated, harmonic design that would
pull together the pieces of the puzzle, each building interacting
with all the other buildings of the site, to establish a functioning
energetic whole. This site design also includes the landscape and
water features: lakes, fountains and a river, which links the structures
into a flowing, energizing dynamic site in which to live and work,
visit and worship.
did you create such futuristic designs for the World Trade Center
I felt it was necessary to look forward instead of backward. This
is a world site, and as such belongs to the people of the world.
What we are creating is a new World Vision, which should be born
from passion, love, and inspiration for all future generations.
The 7th Proposal
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