“The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future” is a new iPad app that looks at the World Trade Center using scores of videos and photos. Since being released last week, it’s quickly risen to be the #11 downloaded app in the News category in the iTunes app store. It’s by far the best 9/11 iPad app released so far this year, and begs the questions why haven’t others done this?
The app covers the building of the original Center, the tragedy of Sept. 11 itself and the future plans for the new memorial. Videos include interviews, site tours, and never seen before footage, the site’s Memorial Fountains, The Plaza, the Memorial Pavilion, and the large artifacts including the historic remains of NYFD Ladder 3 and massive steel ‘Tridents’ recovered from the site are all seen here.
The app was created by Steve Rosenbaum, the CEO of Magnify.net, a video curation platform, and the man behind the award-winning documentary “7 Days in September.” The app includes 400 photographs and about 40 videos, including some scenes from ”7 Days in September.”
The three sections of the app include:
Past: This section features never before-seen-footage, photos and videos of the devastation on September 11, 2001.
Present: Rosenbaum gained access into the entire building process of the actual memorial site, from start to finish. Here, viewers have a bird’s eye view of the initial planning meetings, the various architectural renderings, the chiseling of the names on the parapet, and the construction of the nation’s largest man made waterfalls.
Future: To date, the 9/11 Memorial is fenced off and unavailable to the public. The 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2011, on the 10th anniversary, and will open to the public on September 12, 2011. This section features a comprehensive look of the enormous waterfalls and two reflecting pools, each about an acre in size. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.
The app is free until Sept. 12 and will be $9.95 after that, so get it now. It’s worth the download not just for the material itself but to see how good an app can be created simply by curating content.