The Crescent of Embrace 2
While we're all pondering the Mumbai bombings, here's a subject we may have forgotten.Error Theory notes that comment time for the Flight 93 memorial has begun. "The Flight 93 Memorial Project has opened up a comment period (through August 14th) on whether it should proceed with its plan to build a slightly modified version of the original Crescent of Embrace design, or start over by adopting a No Action alternative. Starting over is imperative because the Crescent design was, and still is, a plan to build the world’s largest mosque." Is this still true?
It was true of the old design. The old Crescent of Embrace plan was extensively discussed on the Internet. It consisted of a stand of trees planted in a crescent oriented toward Mecca which when in bloom would have been the color red.
Current plans are described at the Flight 93 memorial site. Two renderings for the new design are shown. The old crescent is now simply called the Bowl. However, there are two versions shown. The first shows the Bowl with a different orientation from the old Crescent of Embrace. As can be seen from the figure below, the opening of the Bowl is oriented considerably differently from the direction of Mecca. This is arguably different from the old Crescent of Embrace.
However, the other rendering on the plan gives a different impression. We are back, more or less, to a Bowl oriented toward Mecca. Other than the fact that it is Green, we are back, essentially to the architectural elements of the old Crescent of Embrace. Perhaps it was just a drafting error. This is one of the things which might be suitable for clarification in comments.