• Description

    9/11 was a terrorist attack on the United States and the entire international community. Thousands perished; innocent citizens from over ninety different nations. It has changed the history much as Japan’s strike against Pearl Harbor. The 9/11 attacks triggered the United States’ ongoing war against terrorism, starting with Afghanistan as a chain of targets intended to overthrow the Taliban, changing the course of world history.


    The significance of the incidence and severity of traumatic loss makes a well-deserved concern for a memorial on the UMass campus in tribute to those loved souls of the blameless victims of that horrifying tragedy, and to the ongoing legacy of pain and horror engendered by that seminal event. It is worth mentioning that a UMass community member (Christoffer Carstanjen, a computer research specialist) lost his life in that violent aggression. It is also worth knowing that many undergraduate students at UMass were only 6-12 years old in 2001, and only experienced the moment of 9/11 as a child.

  • Team Members

    Soroush Farzinmoghadam

    Nariman Mostafavi

    Carey Clouse

    Kathleen Lugosch


    Daniel R. Pepin

    Nariman Mostafavi

    Nevin Gomez

    Soroush Farzinmoghadam

    Matthew Sutter


    Thanks to the many people who have helped to bring this project to fruition

    Auto Express (Amherst/Hadley), Amir Mikhchi, Caryn Brause, Carl Fiocchi, Daniel R. Pepin, Dave Sroka, Dennis Swinford, Donald Lamothe, Farbod Farhadi,  Farzinmoghadam Family, Hormoz Shashani, Jean Crossman, Juanita Holler, Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham, Mark Dunn, Marty Smith, Meredith Schmidt, Patricia O’Flaherty, Peggi L. Clouston, Peter Volpe, Sarvnaz Ghavami, Sh1eema Rahmanseresht, Simi Hoque, Tom Huf, UMass Architecture + Design Program, UMass Building and Construction Technology Program, UMass LARP Department, UMass Campus Center, UMass Facilities Services, UMass Public Art Committee (UPAC)

  • Concept


    The dimension of the structure is 9 by 14 feet (11+2+0+0+1) which is obtained from the date of 9/11/2001, one of many important dates/times/moments/statistics memorialized in this installation. Others are related to flights, buildings and individuals under attack on that day.

    Seven structural columns represent the four flights (Flight 93 in Shanksville PA, Flight 11, Flight 175 in New York and Flight 77 Washington DC) and the three buildings (Twin Towers and the Pentagon) support the memorial. These columns are positioned as to represent the chronological order of the events from 5:45 am to 6:42 pm on the day of 9/11.



    Each individual victim on the 9/11 attack is represented by one of 2,986 Fiber Optic elements.  A parametric design approach was used in order to decide the positioning of the elements. Position and length of the fiber optic elements were determined by an equation with different variables such as age, year and place of birth of the victims. In other words, we have 2,986 distinct fiber optic elements with different lengths and positions, each identifying a unique victim.

    These fiber optic elements are supported by the main structure. They will illuminate the floor and reflect on the ceiling of the waiting hall. Reflections are designed to be a conceptual symbol of the everlasting Eternal presence of the victims in our everyday life. The swinging of these fiber optics resulted from visitors walking through the space will create a dynamic atmosphere and will increase interaction between visitors and those who have died.

    Chronological order of event on the day of 9/11

    A parametric design approach was used in order to decide the positioning of the elements

  • Construction

  • Video

  • Donation to UMass 9/11 Intervention

    Since the victims of 9/11 horrifying tragedy cannot be categorized or limited as individuals from a certain social class, regarding the human solidarity and the moral nature of donations to this project, we will not be separating our backers with respect to monetary value of their support. Names of all the donors will be alphabetically sorted and written on columns of the intervention's structure.