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Art of Space: Skyscraper story: "16 Acres" explores new building at the World Trade Center site

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 5:00 am

The story of the rebuilding of the devastated World Trade Center site is enormously complicated. The process has involved many people and parties. Some believed that nothing at all should be built there, but it was a certainty that whatever was  built would be far from ordinary. All the challenges, controversies, and accomplishments are covered well in 16 Acres, a film that opened last September in Zurich and shows at the Center for Contemporary Arts on Wednesday, April 10. Presented by the Santa Fe chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the film features an assemblage of news snippets, new footage, and interviews with major  players, among them developer Larry Silverstein, Gov. George Pataki, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, architects David Childs and Daniel Libeskind, and Rosaleen Tallon, whose brother died at the site on 9/11 and who worked to make sure con- cerned families’ voices were heard in the planning process.

“I started out with this project basically filming and doing a lot of videos as an independent producer working for the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties since 2004,” said producer Mike Marcucci, who made the film with screenwriter/co-producer Matt Kapp and director Richard Hankin. “The first hire was Matt. We got through the timeline and then we hired Richard. He was a typical New Yorker, who was not aware of a lot of the drama that was going on. People tuned out early on and just stopped listening to everything about the site.”

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