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The 9/11 memorial, an ambitious renunciation

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General comprehension

1) Who is Clifford Chanin?

2) What is the function of the 9/11 memorial?

3) In what way does it change the New York skyline?

Detailed comprehension

Part 1

1) What were the dimensions of the original WTC site?

2) In what part of New York City was it located?

3) Match the WTC data together:

Number of stories
Surface of each floor
Floor space in both buildings

1 square acre
10 million square feet

4) What was the intention behind the creation of the WTC?

Part 2

1) Fill in the blanks:

Once the attacks came and the buildings __________, it emerged very quickly in the planning process that the actual __________ of the buildings, those places were the buildings stood, were considered ________ ground. The ___________ was made very early on that there would be no building in those ___________, that they would be preserved as part of whatever memorial would ultimately emerge.

2) How many names of victims are inscribed on the parapets of the memorial pools?

3) Did all those people die during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center? Justify your answer.

Part 3

1) How many architects took part in the international competition for the memorial?

2) What was the name of the winning project by Michael Arad?

3) Looking at the images of the memorial, explain why that name was chosen.

4) What is the key concept of the memorial?

Going further

Follow that link towards the complete interview of Clifford Chanin and answer the following questions:

- What portion of the original site is intended for commercial reconstruction? What makes this memorial ‘an ambitious renunciation’?

- Why do people come to the memorial?


Phonetics: the <-ion> rule

1) Listen to the pronunciation of the words 'education', 'million' and 'competition'.
On which syllable are these words stressed?

2) Complete the following statement: words ending in _____ are always stressed on the _____________ syllable.

Précis de phonologie - Règle de -ION et extension
Mise à jour le 31 mars 2014
Créé le 15 janvier 2013
ISSN 2107-7029
DGESCO Clé des Langues