Building the 9/11 Memorial Museum: Reflections as opening day approaches

TED Blog

SR-2In today’s moving TED Talk, Jake Barton of the design firm Local Projects shares the idea at the core of the yet-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum: that museum-goers need to be included in the telling of the story. [ted_talkteaser id=1817]”The event is so recent, somewhere between history and current events,” says Barton, explaining that more than a third of people around the world watched the Twin Towers collapse in real time, while another third heard about it within 24 hours. “You can’t have just a historian or curator narrating objectively in third person about an event like that when you have the witnesses to history who are going to make their way through the museum itself.”

Barton’s talk gives a behind-the-scenes look at how these exhibits weave together photos, videos, written history and oral narratives from people all around the world, and how the Memorial itself was designed…

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