Information Exchange: How Cities Renew, Rebuild, Remember
New York: VAI/Princeton Architectural Press, 2003
Editors: Raymond W. Gastil and Zoë Ryan
Information Exchange: How Cities Renew, Rebuild, Remember is a publication that accompanied an exhibition initiated after the attacks on the World Trade Center. This volume explores how cities renew, rebuild, and remember after disaster. By placing the event within a global, cultural, and historical context, this volume examines the ways in which cities around the world have rebuilt in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. This book explores a range of temporary and permanent public art and architecture projects built in the damaged cities of Berlin, Beirut, Kobe, Manchester, Sarajevo, Oklahoma City, and San Francisco by such firms as Germany's Schneider + Schumacher Architekten, New York's Eisenman Architects, England's EDAW Ltd., Oklahoma City's Butzer Design Partnership, and Sarajevo's Ferhad Mulabegovic. At the center of Information Exchange is a roundtable discussion, "Retread or Reinvention: How Cities Change after Disaster," with participants including the director of the Temple Hoyne Bell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, the chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Also featured are interviews with designers, artists, journalists, cultural programmers, and academics; comprehensive historical narratives in the form of timelines; photographs of the cities' new buildings, including the Nojima Fault Museum in Kobe, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, and the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe; and renderings of upcoming projects, master plans outlining developments, and maps to help further illustrate the various projects in each city.