I can’t believe it has been 10 years already. I’ve seen a lot of remembrances in the media this week…it’s one of those moments in time when we’ll never forget where we were, what we were doing, who we were with, how we felt. I was about 6 weeks away from having my first child, and I first saw the television coverage at the midwife’s office. They had turned off the TV in the waiting room, but had it on in an inner office…I guess it was best to keep the pack of pregnant ladies calm and deal with our anxiety one-on-one.
One of the things I remember most about that day was the brilliant blue cloudless sky. I still get tears in my eyes when I see that same sky – 10 years later. I didn’t lose anyone I knew on September 11th, but lost my feeling of security and I wondered what kind of world I was bringing my child into. Now that my first daughter is old enough to learn more about the events of 9/11, I feel lucky that she is insulated from the first-hand feelings of that day and is learning about it as a moment in history. Maybe that’s selfish, but as a mother I want to protect her from that pain. May we all be spared from feeling that pain again.
Engineering Ground Zero – NOVA
The Reckoning: America and the World a Decade After 9/11 – New York Times
A decade after 9/11, new innovations in skyscraper design – SmartPlanet
Twin Towers Forensic Investigation Helps Revise Building Codes, Despite Critics – Scientific American
Building Safety Codes Changed as a Result of 9/11 – International Code Council
How 9/11 shaped the development of some of NFPA’s most important codes & standards – how that process continues – NFPA Journal
After 9/11, safer skyscrapers rise – MSNBC
Ten years on: The 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero revealed in pictures for the first time – The Daily Mail