The Meaningful Algorithmic Placement Of Names On The 9/11 Memorial

The Meaningful Algorithmic Placement Of Names On The 9/11 Memorial
technology

Data visualizer Jer Thorp created a program that would depict the relationships between the victims through the location of their name.

Dylan Schenker
  • 11 september 2011

Today, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a memorial to commemorate the lives that were lost will be dedicated to its planners. The names of the victims will adorn bronze etched panels surrounding the memorial pools that represent where the towers once stood. Although initially the names appear to be placed at random, their placement is in fact completely deliberate. Family and friends worked in the towers together and architect Michael Arad wanted to do justice to those relationships. The placement will commemorate both the 2,983 lives lost as well as the victim’s relationships to each other when the towers fell.

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