The competition to design a World Trade Center memorial has attracted a world-record number of expressions of interest from more than 70 countries.
Some 4,900 practices from around the world - representing all 50 US states, and countries as diverse as Sweden and Ethiopia - have registered their interest in taking part.
Several 'high-profile' British practices - as yet unnamed - have also informed the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) that they are keen to submit entries.
LMDC interim-president John Whitehead said the global interest illustrated the extent of sympathy worldwide after the 11 September terrorist attacks in 2001. 'In just over two weeks individuals from nearly half the world's nations have indicated their interest in taking part in the competition, 'Whitehead said.
'The overwhelming response is a testament to the global impact of the attacks and the world's unwavering commitment to honouring the thousands of innocent victims, ' he added. 'We look forward to many inspirational designs to come'.
The LMDC remains keen to encourage even more practices from around the world to submit entries. The deadline for registering an interest is 29 May.
For details and to register, visit the competition website at www. wtcmemorial. com.