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The question - Twin tower replacement

Last weekend thousands of New Yorkers spoke out against the six short-listed schemes to replace the World Trade Center as including too much office space, and urged planners not to rebuild on the footprints of the collapsed twin towers. What would you like to see constructed?

The best memorial to those who died would be something significant and on a scale to reflect the impact on the world, not just America. I do not think that a park in the middle of one of the busiest areas of New York will be relevant or a comfort to the relatives. The memorial should be in keeping with the scale of the original buildings.

Stephen Coyne, 40, project manager, Perth

Studying in America, it is impossible to ignore the patriotism which exists here, and will almost inevitably lead to the developments being a 'tribute to the lost'.

Personally I dream of a modernday 'round-table', where today's knights (from world leaders to rural African co-operatives) can meet to tackle issues such as terrorism, inadequate water and sanitation provision, unfair trade restrictions and global pollution.

Pete Wilkie, 24, student, Cincinnati

Building bigger, taller towers would be sticking two fingers up to the terrorists while sending out a strong the message that they will never succeed in knocking us down. The towers could also stand as a proud monument to the thousands that died.

Dave Garratt, 33, structures examination manager, London

A suitable memorial must be at the heart of any scheme, as so many people lost relatives and friends and have never had a funeral at which to mourn. A European style plaza with places to meet and quiet corners for contemplation is needed. Another tall tower would be in bad taste; a range of smaller towers would be more appropriate.

Capitalism must take a back seat for a change.

Kenneth Brown, 29, structural engineer, Edinburgh

There really is only one way to rebuild the World Trade Center and that is to build an even bigger, taller building than that which was demolished.

Mat Toy, 37, principal engineer, South East

The idea of constructing both a church and a mosque on the site, together with some kind of remembrance park, did cross my mind. A mosque would probably be seen as an extreme form of appeasement by most people but I think it would a first step in demonstrating to the Arab world that we continue to recognise Islam as a peaceful religion as practised by the majority of Moslems and that fundamental freedoms remain a foundation of Western beliefs. Not an olive branch, but a progressive gesture.

Bruce Walton, 30, deputy contracts manager, Manchester

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