This month marks the 20-year anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center’s iconic Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. This site in New York City’s Lower Manhattan, has had a much richer history. When completed in 1973, the Twin Towers replaced a viable neighborhood and were widely disliked and for many, became a symbol of American imperialism. Their destruction, brought a kind of horror not previously seen in the United States, and triggered years of wars and political instability in distant countries. MacArthur Fellows Ben Katchor, a cartoonist and keen observer of New York City, and Camilo José Vergara, photographer and sociologist, offer their personal experiences and insights on one of the most discussed urban districts in the United States. The program is moderated by Elihu Rubin, associate professor of architecture, urbanism, and American studies at Yale. This program complements the Museum’s latest collaboration with Vergara in the exhibition The Towers of the WTC: 51 Years of Photographs by Camilo José Vergara, on view at the National Building Museum through March 6, 2022.