On September 11, 2001, "… in an instant I became a New Yorker and felt this tremendous sense of kinship and connection to other people in the city, and wanted in some ways to capture that in the design of the memorial, a sense of place that is of New York and that is there for New Yorkers to bring them together, a place of assembly," says Michael Arad, the architect of the 9/11 Memorial. Joao Costa/Yahoo! News
The 9/11 Memorial
In his own words: Michael Arad, the architect of the 9/11 Memorial, on the project.