Design Debate Over Flight 93 Memorial Revived – New York Times

It has been more than two years since two college professors first made their claim that the winning design chosen for the Flight 93 National Memorial had evolved to contain elements of their proposal to honor those who died fighting the terrorists who hijacked the plane on Sept. 11, 2001.

And after an investigation by the Department of the Interior a year later found no merit to the claim by the professors, Lisa Austin and Madis Pihlak, that the winning design by Paul Murdoch, an architect based in Los Angeles, contained some of their ideas, most of those involved thought the debate over the design of the $58 million first phase of the memorial to be built near Shanksville, Pa., was over.

But the debate and rancor has been reignited in anticipation of Ms. Austin and Mr. Pihlak’s presentation of a paper on the issue on Tuesday at the “Designing the Parks” conference in Charlottesville, Va. The conference is co-sponsored by the National Park Service, which is overseeing the Flight 93 National Memorial.

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