|Date:||August 27, 2002|
|To:||Imagine New York, a project of the Municipal Art Society|
|From:||Dr. Alexey P. Stakhov (Doctor of Engineering Sciences in Computer Science and author on the Golden Section, Ukraine)|
|Gary B. Meisner (CFO, CIO, CPA and MBA and author on the Golden Section, United States)|
|Dimity Torbett (Journalist, Australia)|
|Subject:||A Proposal for the Design Elements and Museum of the World Trade Center|
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL
Concept: Use the golden section as a unifying theme in the WTC site design and include a Museum of Harmony in the site plans.
DETAILS OF PROPOSAL
Our proposal for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center is to create overall harmony in the design of the WTC site through use of the timeless and universal principle of design known as the Golden Section or, as it was called by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Divine Proportion.
The Golden Section can be applied in many ways and has been used by the designers of the world's greatest architecture since the beginning of civilization, appearing in the Great Pyramid of Egypt, the Parthenon of Athens, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and, more subtly so, in the United Nations Building (Exhibit A). It has been used for centuries by artists, including extensive use in the paintings of Da Vinci and Seurat. (Exhibit B).
The Golden Section, unlike any other principle of proportion, creates a unique and innate sense of balance and harmony with nature. Why? Because nature itself is designed on the same proportion. Examples of its appearances include:
The Golden Section has been studied and applied in many separate fields, but nowhere in the world are all its diverse applications presented in a single place. Nowhere is there a place that allows people to understand and appreciate the beauty and harmony of all that is around us. This is a "golden" opportunity to make the 21st century a golden era of civilization that recognizes the inherent beauty and harmony of life and the universe in which we live.
There are 49 Visions presented for the WTC site. There is no other principle of design that has the same power to meet so many of the Visions, and also to unify them, as illustrated below:
The Golden Section is simple in concept but incredibly diverse in its application (Exhibit I). It would thus create harmony, balance and unity in the design of the center, but still allow for great creativity and wide diversity in its appeal. We believe it would create a site with stunning beauty and, at the same time, make an undeniable statement about the foundation of peace and harmony upon which life is based. It would also serve to foster a worldwide recognition of the ongoing opportunities for exploration of the Golden Section, as illustrated by the recent discovery of quasi-crystals, a new form of matter based on its geometry. This project could unite architects, artists, engineers, scientists and mathematicians from around the globe, all in a pursuit that would rival those of the Ancients in aesthetics and nobility of intent and spirit.
The inclusion of a Museum of Harmony and Golden Section on the WTC site would make the memorial complete. Such a museum would serve to educate visitors about the appearance of the Golden Section in nature, as well as its use throughout the memorial, museum, and grounds. This would foster a deeper appreciation for the symbolic meaning of a WTC site based entirely upon the Golden Section. If it is too ambitious a goal to design the entire WTC site on the Golden Section, it could still be applied to the Memorial Museum alone, and a Museum of Harmony could stand on its own to provide the same message. Dr. Stakhov has already developed a plan for such a museum that could be used for this purpose, if so desired.
We would be pleased to present any additional information needed to help others to understand the timeless and universal appeal of the Golden Section and to see how it can provide an integrated theme and harmonious design for the World Trade Center site.
Respectfully submitted by:
|Mr. Gary B.
570 Church St. E, #909
Brentwood, TN 37027
Author of web site at:
|Dr. Alexey P.
Cosmonauts Avenue, 42/130
Author of web site at:
|The Golden Section - An Overview|
The Golden Section is simply a ratio or proportion which results in number called phi (Phi), or 1.6180339..., similar in concept to the number pi (p).
It can be constructed by taking a line and dividing it so that the ratio of the large piece (B) to the whole line (A) is the same as the ratio as the small piece (C) to the large piece (B):
So A is 161.8% of B and B is 161.8% of C.
Divide the line again and again in the same way:
Combine the segments to create a measuring stick or "Golden Ruler"™ that is found throughout nature.
or use the same relationship to form the Golden Rectangle:
|Exhibit A - In Architecture|
|Exhibit B - In Art|
Used the golden section extensively.
"Attacked every canvas by the golden section".
|Exhibit C - In The Human Form|
|Exhibit D - In Animals|
|Exhibit E - In Nature's Spirals|
|Exhibit F - In the Solar System|
|Exhibit G - In Geometric Shapes|
|Exhibit H - In Human DNA|
|Exhibit I - Other Design Applications|
|Tiles||Spiral Staircases||3D Shapes|
Harmony With The 49 Visions
Below are additional illustrations of the ways in which this proposal for the design of the World Trade Center Site meets and unifies many of ImagineNY's 49 Visions for the site:
There are at least three possibilities for the
application of the Golden Section to the WTC site:
1. The entire WTC site.
2. A Museum of Harmony on the WTC site as a complement to the Memorial Museum.
3. A cultural center.
The design of the whole site is too vast for us to approach on our own, but we could provide general education on the application of the golden section or input to the architectural firms that are designing the whole site.
Added thoughts on option 2, the Museum, include:
Use a classical design, perhaps in the style of
the Parthenon, as modern architecture often does not rival the ancients for
aesthetics because of economic
Have the museum enclose a large garden of
remembrance, tranquil, aromatic and shielded from the clamor of the city outside, and
conforming to the divine proportion.
The centerpiece could be a simple classical fountain while the garden would be divided into five or eight sections, some lending privacy with high plantings and some devoted to plants that readily illustrate the Golden Section.
The garden would be surrounded by a classical colonnade, providing more
seating. Here in the peace and quiet would
presumably be the place for the names of the victims of September 11 to be
recorded in some form to be decided by their family and friends. There
should be an opportunity for them to plant roses
or shrubs and flowers of their choice, subject to the overall botanical
The museum would be the centerpiece of a park that could feature all sorts of golden mean sculptures such as, for example, massive lolling glass icosahedrons or other polyhedra, such as the great designs by Wentzel Jamnitzer on fanciful stands, or huge carved wood pinecones.
There could be for plaques that could be set,
perhaps, in the colonnade walk or on its walls, engraved with suitable
poetry and thoughts from various cultures. Examples
What does my name mean to you?
But when you grieve, say it
In the silence, sorrowfully . . .
Speak that shall be my memorial
A heart where I live in the world.
- Alexander Pushkin
But he heard high up in the air
A piper piping away
And never was piping so sad
And never was piping so gay.
- W.B. Yeats
Life leads the thoughtful man on a path of many windings.
Now the course is checked, now it runs straight again.
Here winged thoughts may pour freely forth in words,
There the heavy burden of knowledge must be shut away in silence.
But when two people are at one in their inmost hearts,
They shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze.
And when two people understand each other in their inmost hearts,
Their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live
- Mahatma Gandhi
You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Jesus Christ