The sheer size of the building distinguishes it from all
others. Larger than the pyramids, without the aid of modern technology, neither the Greeks nor the Egyptians could ever have built it.
As with other soaring structures, designed to impress individual insignificance - while instilling at the same time a sense of awe and pride in the power of
architectural statement by the collective might, that same
sensation in this structure will be magnified by a factor of three. No pillars of this height have ever been attempted before. The closest analogy would be a walk beneath the redwoods of California.
THE OBSERVATION DECK: Three acres of paved marble. Five
hundred feet above ground level. Not only a platform that can accommodate several thousand sightseers at a time, it can also serve as a permanent forum for out-door artists and performers.
Two specially placed apertures, cut into the top deck, will
allow a ray of sunlight, on the 4th of July each year, and again on the 11th of September, to shine three hundred feet down onto the interior floor of the monument.
THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION:
The ray of sunlight will illuminate a granite slab on the floor
.It will be engraved with the text of
theUnited States Constitution. Four soldiers, one from each of the major defense forces, will stand permanently on guard at each corner of the slab.
GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL:
The second ray will illuminate a memorial slab
dedicated to the victims of September 11th
THE PILLARS: Fifty pillars. Each twenty feet in diameter
and three hundred feet high. Each pillar represents one of the States of America. The base
of each is inscribed with a State's name, its constitution, its history, and the
names and deeds of its famous sons and daughters.
THE THREE PEDESTALS: Each tier is sixty feet high. The pentagon shape of the
monument's foundation represents the defense of America. All three tiers act as cultural exchange centers and forums for social/political discussions.
The Top Tier - EUROPE: Four acres of interior space. Three hundred cultures of Europe and the Middle east, together with our Judaic, Christian and Islamic traditions are represented inside. Full to half scale models of our most famous architecture. A living exhibit is envisioned
with on-going cultural productions of music, art and folk dance from every country in Europe.
The Second Tier - ASIA: Four and half acres of interior space. One thousand cultures of Asia represented inside. Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism, architecture and culture. Ongoing and alive.
The Third Tier - AFRICA: Five acres. The home continent of our specie. Our entire evolution, including three thousand surviving Bronze Age cultures serve as a living exhibit of the commonalty of our family group and agricultural origins.
In addition to the forum for global cultures, the complex is envisioned as a home
for aGlobal Court ofAppeal for Racial Rights. A tribunal council is proposed, comprised of a senior member from each of the three races of:
The prime purpose of the tribunal is to give personal assurance to every man or
woman on the planet, no matter what religion or political persuasion, that at the very highest level of human influence, beyond the politics of the United Nations, there is the voice of a single
individual, who's plea can be heard around the globe, upholding the rights of a racial group, on equal terms with the other two.
: Eleven paved acres surrounding the five acre monument. Fountains,
memorials - toancestors as well as those who died in the World Trade center attack. (Twin black marble obelisks, duplicating the World Trade Towers, engraved with the names of those who died, is suggested.)A daily flag-raising and
flag-lowering ceremony is envisioned as well as a four-hourly changing of the guard.
Four large geodesic domes at each corner of the plaza conduct sun light and air
to the basements below.
THE BASEMENT CAMPUS
: Four tiers; each sixteen acres in extent. The bottom tier serves as an underground rail station and parking lot. The next three tiers house the world's largest campus fortechnological training and cultural exchange. Student from the undeveloped world are trained here with the single purpose of helping them to help their own countries to enjoy, within one generation, the same technological benefits that we do.
With each level sixty feet high, with sunlight streaming in
from above, the campus complex, with its gardens, playing fields, gyms and arenas, will give an effect of airy space rather than cramped entombment.