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International call to design September 11 memorial

The competition to design the memorial to the victims of September 11 - which will form the centrepiece of Daniel Libeskind's design for Ground Zero - will begin next week.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is planning a 'global outreach campaign' to attract entries from across the world to 'the most awaited design competition in history'. To reflect the international dimension of the attacks - 91 nations suffered losses - the competition, which begins on 28 April, will be open to 'anyone, anywhere, who is 18 years of age or older without regard to nationality or professional accreditation'.

The 13-strong jury has already been named and will include architects Enrique Norten, Michael Van Valkenburgh and Vietnam Veterans Memorial-designer Maya Lin, philanthropist David Rockefeller plus a relative of one of the victims and a local resident. The public will not be consulted on individual designs.

The competition will take place in two stages.

The jury will review the submissions in late summer and narrow them down to a group of finalists, who will be given a stipend to develop their concepts.A final winner will be chosen in the autumn.

Entrants will be charged $25, which will go towards funding construction.

Libeskind, in his winning masterplan for the site, has defined the setting for the memorial, placing it at the centre of his design - a 2ha sunken void surrounded by the exposed slurry walls of the original World Trade Center.

Foster and Partners, which was on the shortlist to masterplan Ground Zero, said it would not be entering the competition.

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