Archinect - News 2015-10-06T02:09:33-04:00 "The Clearing", memorial to Norway's July 22 attacks, opens on the tragedy's fourth anniversary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-22T19:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:40:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called Lysningen or &lsquo;The Clearing&rsquo;, it has been designed by the Bergen-based architects 3RW. [...] &ldquo;It is actually much better than I had thought,.&rdquo; [J&oslash;rgen Watne Frydnes, the general manager of Ut&oslash;ya,] said. &ldquo;The frame around the woods and the silence of nature, makes it feel like a well.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>On July 22, 2011, on the island of Ut&oslash;yah, a lone gunman named Anders Breivik attacked a youth summer camp run by the Norwegian Workers&rsquo; Youth League (AUF), killing 69 people. Today, on the fourth anniversary of the attack, a memorial to the victims officially opens on the island. Known as &ldquo;Lysningen" (The Clearing), the memorial is designed by Bergen-based firm 3RW, and was selected through a competition hosted by AUF.</p><p>The design features a large metal ring, inscribed with the victims' names, suspended from pine trees over a clearing made by 3RW.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Vegard Gr&oslash;slie Wennesland, a survivor of the Ut&oslash;ya attack who served on the memorial committee, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">says of 3RW's design</a>: "the idea is both sophisticated and unpretentious. No matter what social, cultural or religious affiliation, you can feel welcome here. It will be a beautiful place for remembrance."</p><p>Another competition, for two public memorials &ndash; one in Ut&oslash;ya and one in Oslo, where Breivik perpetrated a bombing attack on the same day &ndash; was wo...</p> Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-07-15T12:54:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry&rsquo;s modified design for the National Eisenhower Memorial received final approval from the National Capital Planning Commission Thursday, the final step in the federal approval process that has dragged on since 2011. The commission voted 9 to 1 to move forward with the design for a memorial park on a four-acre site along Independence Avenue in Southwest Washington.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s designs</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Panel rejects design for Eisenhower Memorial</a></li><li>...and <a href="" target="_blank">many more</a></li></ul> Plans for 'Mother Canada' statue face harsh opposition Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T12:50:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T13:17:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A plan to erect a 10-storey statue in a national park on one of Canada&rsquo;s most scenic shorelines has prompted outrage and sparked a growing political row [...]. The statue of Mother Canada &ndash; a cloaked female figure with her arms outstretched towards the Atlantic Ocean &ndash; is intended to honour the country&rsquo;s soldiers who died overseas. But growing anger over the plan has made it a new focus of opposition to the increasingly unpopular government of Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> That new Texas Confederate Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T14:28:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="678" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Orange, Texas, the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans just built a large Confederate memorial park, complete with a classical-ish monument featuring 13 columns&mdash;one for each of the states in the short-lived, and utterly defeated, Confederate States of America. [...] And this being Confederate sympathizers, they did not hesitate to build the memorial where the highway meets Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building the First Slavery Museum in America</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How America is failing to preserve its historic slave markets</a></li></ul> Snapshots of Cristián Undurraga's Alberto Hurtado memorial museum Justine Testado 2015-03-24T15:18:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2010, a sanctuary in Santiago was completed in [Hurtado's] honor &mdash; at the very site where he founded the Hogar de Cristo back in the 1940s. The building was designed by Chilean architect Cristi&aacute;n Undurraga, of Undurraga Dev&eacute;s Arquitectos, and it is elegant and serene &mdash; a true space of contemplation. It also makes the most of simple materials: rough B&eacute;ton brut concrete, glass blocks and blond wood ceilings that don't overwhelm the artifacts on display...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Calming photos of the Santiago-based memorial museum, which Chilean architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cristi&aacute;n Undurraga</a> designed in honor of Jesuit priest Father Alberto Hurtado and his humanitarian work.</p> "She had got it." Razan Abu-Salha remembered by her architecture professor Alexander Walter 2015-02-18T15:18:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T21:04:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha was killed on Feb. 10, she had an epiphany in her architecture class. [...] "Within a few moments after we began the demonstration, she lit up like she completely got it. In her eyes, I remember the most, just the kindness in her eyes. Behind those deep eyes, a little bulb went on, and she no longer needed me. It's the moment any teacher wants to have with their students, like, 'OK, they get it, you can go now.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Razan Abu-Salha, Architecture Student: A Small Memorial</a></p> How America is failing to preserve its historic slave markets Alexander Walter 2015-02-13T14:36:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s easy enough to blame economic forces for the postwar destruction of slave markets, but not for the persistent concealment of their history. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, the South has no shortage of memorials to the Lost Cause, while memorials to the slave trade remain few and far between. [...] After the Civil War, Johnson says, &ldquo;the price of moving forward for the white United States was the forgetting of slavery.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Protesting context, not form, of Ottawa's "victims of communism" memorial Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-15T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T21:15:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="244" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blumberg doesn&rsquo;t understand why a memorial to victims of communism was given such an &ldquo;incredibly prominent, almost sacrosanct&rdquo; site. &ldquo;It is so centrally placed that it would seem to quite overshadow Canada&rsquo;s true history.&rdquo; [...] "I have a massive problem, a huge problem, with this memorial going on that site. I think it completely misrepresents and skews what Canada is all about.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winner of the Canadian National Memorial to Victims of Communism</a></p> Winner of the Canadian National Memorial to Victims of Communism Justine Testado 2014-12-12T15:23:00-05:00 >2015-04-28T11:00:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture was chosen to design Canada's future National Memorial to Victims of Communism in Ottawa...The team was selected out of six finalists at the end of the two-phase national design competition held this summer. The memorial will pay tribute to the more than 100 million people around the globe who suffered or perished under communist dictatorship, as well as educate the public about the heavy consequences caused by communism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a national memorial, it will also signify Canada's role in offering refuge to those who escaped that oppression. It will be located on Confederation Boulevard beside the Supreme Court of Canada, the Library and Archives Canada, the Peace Tower, and other key federal institutions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Protesting context, not form, of Ottawa's &quot;victims of communism&quot; memorial" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protesting context, not form, of Ottawa's "victims of communism" memorial</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind design wins Canadian National Holocaust Monument competition</a></li></ul> In honor of Veterans Day, respecting and celebrating our veterans through architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-11T18:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T18:33:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In honor of Veterans Day 2014, Archinect put together a collection of memorials and architectural projects devoted to U.S. veterans.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Recovery: IDEO and Michael Graves Design a Home for Disabled Military Veterans</a>: The Wounded Warrior homes aim to personalize and make accessible veterans' living spaces, to help adapt back to life at home.</p><p><a title="D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets</a>: Nearly half of the complex's mixed-income and affordable units will be reserved for homeless vets, with onsite facilities for case managers and social workers to engage with tenants.</p><p><a title='Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a>: Michael Graves' designs for the Wounded Warrior homes align with geriatrician Louise Aronson's desire to create a new architectural style for the elderly.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Turns 25</a>: Maya Lin's design is now in its 32nd year.</p><p>Veterans Day also gives us a chance to reflect on how we historicize war and those involved, begging the que...</p> Proposal for the future of Auschwitz-Birkenau Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-11T14:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T22:13:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When a well-intentioned Alabama teenager tweeted a smiling <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selfie taken at Auschwitz-Birkenau</a>, she attracted a deluge of hatred and outrage from across the internet. Lambasted as disrespectful, insensitive and inappropriate, the selfie was later explained as a means of memorializing her visit to the camp for her father, who had passed away exactly a year prior to her visit. Her gesture was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by no mean the first or last of its kind</a>, and represents an inevitable schism in memorial politics &ndash; as traumas recede from lived-past into historical contexts, how should cultural inheritance be balanced against personal experience? And how can this balance be articulated in the memorial space?</p><p>Currently, Auschwitz-Birkenau is memorialized in a variety of ways, but the structures themselves are not being actively preserved. In 1947, the Polish government established a memorial to all victims, and opened an exhibition of prisoner paraphernalia at Birkenau in 1955. Auschwitz I, the original death ca...</p> Bed-Stuy In Memoriam Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T15:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T15:48:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods of contemporary New York are primarily defined by the choices and actions of the people who call them home. They are collages fashioned from layer upon layer of small accretions that we plaster and paint onto our environments. Sometimes, this paint is literal [...] rich diversity of murals in memoriam found throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn &mdash; public artworks that reflect a particular history of violence, racial prejudice, and, in some cases, the mixture of the two.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy Prices Soar</a></p> Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T13:37:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Frank Gehry has once again revised his design for a long-delayed memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, removing two controversial metal tapestries that would have flanked the installation and two columns. The revised design was shown today to the National Capital Planning Commission, whose members for the most part seemed receptive to moving forward with the plan. But discussion over remaining 80-foot columns &mdash; from placement to height to necessity &mdash; hinted at possible issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T15:16:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Regardless, there are two paths forward. One is to scrap the project and start over with an open public competition, which would cost around $17&thinsp;million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The other is to push forward with the existing plan to finalize the memorial design and begin breaking ground. We favor the latter. [...] And the current design is nowhere near a &ldquo;monstrosity,&rdquo; as some have called it; it is a novel take on memorialization [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> "The Mound of Vendôme" digs up Paris' dirty revolutionary past Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-02T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-03T12:22:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Situating&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Mound of Vend&ocirc;me</strong></a>,&nbsp;the current exhibition on view at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Centre for Architecture</a>, requires looking back into Paris' history after the French Revolution. For a tumultuous two months in 1871, the city was under the control of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Commune de Paris</a>, a socialist revolutionary government.&nbsp;Their distaste for imperialistic brute force and Bonapartism led to their demolition of the Place&nbsp;Vend&ocirc;me Column,&nbsp;a monumental column celebrating Napoleon's military victories -- and so on May 16, 1871, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Column was felled</a>, and the statue of Napoleon from the Column's peak melted down for coins. After the Commune was ousted, the Column was rebuilt in 1874, topped by a copy of the original Napoleon statue.</p><p>To control the Column's fall and protect surrounding buildings, Communards piled a large mound of&nbsp;sand, straw, branches, and manure&nbsp;at its base, a large architectural intervention that completely disrupted the Column's imposing icon. These days, however, all traces of these events...</p> Architecture review: At 9/11 Memorial Museum, a relentless literalism Alexander Walter 2014-05-27T14:23:00-04:00 >2014-06-04T00:20:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many New Yorkers, still trying to make sense of the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center, have had a single question as a museum was being built at ground zero: Too soon? Now that the 9/11 Memorial Museum, as it's officially called, has opened to the public, they and others may find themselves asking something else: Too much? The museum is an overstuffed answer to the appealing minimalism of the 9/11 memorial and its cascading pools, which opened in 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sept. 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero Prepares for Opening</a></p> Sept. 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero Prepares for Opening Alexander Walter 2014-05-14T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:34:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a decade marked by deep grief, partisan rancor, war, financial boondoggles and inundation from Hurricane Sandy, the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero is finally opening ceremonially on Thursday, with President Obama present, and officially to the public next Wednesday. It delivers a gut-punch experience &mdash; though if ever a new museum had looked, right along, like a disaster in the making, this one did, beginning with its trifurcated identity.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Memorial Inscription’s Grim Origins Alexander Walter 2014-04-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:30:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens next month at the World Trade Center, visitors will find a stark wall separating them from a repository containing about 8,000 unidentified human remains from the 2001 terrorist attack. On the wall is a 60-foot-long inscription, in 15-inch letters [...]: &ldquo;No day shall erase you from the memory of time. Virgil.&rdquo; [...] I asked a half-dozen classicists about the use of this inscription at the memorial museum. All but one questioned the choice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Going Bats: German Reunification Memorials Hit the Wall Alexander Walter 2014-03-06T19:02:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:19:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two monuments to East Germany's peaceful revolution of 1989 were supposed to be unveiled in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this autumn. But due to a raft of obstacles, from roosting bats to technical challenges, neither project will be ready on time.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg to design July 22 Memorial sites in Norway Archinect 2014-03-05T17:35:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:24:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Upon the recent conclusion of Norway's July 22 memorial site competition, Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg was unanimously selected by the competition jury to be the designer. Dahlberg's designs will become the two public-art memorials, each commemorating the 77 victims who tragically lost their lives in the Oslo bombing and Ut&oslash;ya massacre on July 22, 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Frank Gehry rebuffs pleas to revise Eisenhower memorial designs Archinect 2014-02-27T15:35:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T18:17:13-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Commission of Fine Arts [...] has praised Gehry&rsquo;s designs in the past but asked him to consider minor revisions. [...] In response, Gehry submitted a redesign that incorporates a few dozen more trees &ndash; but left the basic components of the memorial untouched. Gehry did not attend the presentation of the new designs last week, and an architect at his firm said: &ldquo;We are staying with the overall big ideas for the project.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Results of the Remember the Triangle Fire Memorial competition Justine Testado 2013-11-21T21:19:00-05:00 >2013-11-22T15:28:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="837" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Results for the Remember the Triangle Fire Memorial design competition have been announced. The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition hosted the competition to find the design for a permanent memorial at the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in Greenwich Village, New York. The fire occurred on March 25, 1911 in the Asch Building (now New York University's Brown Building) and killed 146 workers, many who were young immigrant women.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Out of 176 entries from over 30 countries, the jury chose three winners and four honorable mentions. The top three winners are:</p> <ul><li> First place: "Reframing the Sky" by Richard Joon Yoo and Uri Wegman</li> <li> Second place: "United Ribbon" by Courtney Hunt and Alex Witko</li> <li> Third place: "Points of Light" by Carmen Potter</li> </ul><p> First-place winners Yoo and Wegman will further develop their design with members of the RTFC and NYU.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition</em></p> CSA’s “Ribbon of Memory” memorial in Krakow, Poland being built to honor Polish WWII resistance Justine Testado 2013-11-21T18:27:00-05:00 >2013-11-21T18:35:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Ribbon of Memory" by Vienna-based team CSA is currently being built into a memorial dedicated to Polish World War II resistance fighters in Krakow, Poland. CSA's proposal was the winning entry for the international competition held in June 2013 by the World Association of Polish AK veterans. The memorial celebrated its groundbreaking on Sept. 27, and completion is expected in 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of CSA.</em></p> Six finalists listed for last phase of the Canadian National Holocaust Monument competition Justine Testado 2013-10-30T19:49:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:18:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six finalist teams were invited to develop design concepts for the National Holocaust Monument that will be built in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. The two-phase national competition began with a Call for Qualifications in May 2013. The teams &mdash; which had to be led by a Canadian citizen &mdash; consist of architects, artists and other design professionals from around the globe.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Some notable architecture team members include David Adjaye, Daniel Libeskind, Gilles Saucier of Saucier+Perrotte, and Jeffrey Craft of SWA Group.</em></p> Shortlist announced for Norwegian July 22 Memorial Sites Justine Testado 2013-10-11T20:11:00-04:00 >2013-10-11T20:21:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eight finalists were revealed for the international competition to design two memorial sites in the Norwegian Goverment Headquarters in Oslo as well as the island of Ut&oslash;ya. The public art memorial sites will commemorate the victims of the Oslo bombing and the Ut&oslash;ya massacre on July 22, 2011 &mdash; Norway's shocking day of terror when 77 people tragically lost their lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Below are the candidates who will advance to the second and final stage of the competition:</p> <ul><li> Jonas Dahlberg (SE)</li> <li> Jeremy Deller (UK)</li> <li> Estudio SIC (ES)</li> <li> Goks&oslash;yr &amp; Martens and Sn&oslash;hetta (NO)</li> <li> Olav Christopher Jenssen and LPO arkitekter (NO)</li> <li> Haugen/Zohar arkitekter (NO)</li> <li> Paul Murdoch Architects (US)</li> <li> NL&Eacute; &amp; Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi (NL/NG)</li> </ul> These Walls Speak, Recalling Victims of Violence Alexander Walter 2013-08-29T13:55:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:48:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The memorial to Mexico&rsquo;s victims of violence looks like it has been dropped from the sky by an angry God. Welcoming it is not, with its rusted slabs the size of movie screens standing next to a busy intersection. Nor is its mission clear. [...] But then, you walk a little closer and the slabs begin to speak.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Find many more photos and a personal review of the Memorial to the Victims of Violence in Mexico on Alec Perkins' fantastic Archinect blog <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tacos at dawn: exploring Mexico City's architecture and urban culture</a>.</p> Winning Entry Selected for Sobibór Museum-Memorial Competition Justine Testado 2013-08-02T21:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T12:52:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marcin Urbanek, Piotr Michalewicz, and &#321;ukasz Mieszkowski of Warsaw, Poland recently received the first prize for the international Sobib&oacute;r Museum-Memorial competition executed by Dr. Tomasz Kranz on behalf of the State Museum at Majdanek. The competition is part of a multi-stage international project to build a memorial museum in Sobib&oacute;r, the site of a former Nazi-German extermination camp and a mass grave for the camp's victims.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gezi Park Monument by Studio Vural Alexander Walter 2013-07-22T18:56:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T17:03:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York-based Turkish architect Selim Vural, founder of architecture and interior design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Vural</a>, has shared with us his design for a Gezi Park Monument. The memorial commemorates the recent protests on Istanbul's Taksim Square against the planned construction of a shopping mall in place of the historic Gezi Park &mdash; which sparked the nationwide <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 protests in Turkey</a> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Project Description from Selim Vural:</strong></p> <p> Beyond commemorating important events, monuments come to being through significant ideas. Their bodies are usually aesthetic, dynamic, communicative and distinctive yet beyond all, they are clear embodiments of their generative ideas.</p> <p> It is also significant that all monuments of liberty in history are made of or derived from female figures. There is a soft power, an illuminated fearlessness in their stance, which is not evident in the singularly powerful male figures. On the one hand they are complex, conflicting, and plural and on th...</p> Libeskind's design selected for Columbus Holocaust memorial Archinect 2013-05-08T17:58:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T19:09:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The specially appointed Holocaust Memorial Artist Selection Committee overwhelmingly favored Daniel Libeskind&rsquo;s design for an 18-foot tall brushed stainless-steel memorial accompanied by a 40-foot walkway and memorial words etched in limestone.</p></em><br /><br /><p> After a daylong meeting in which the panel heard extensive presentations from all three artists, Richard H. Finan, chairman of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, which will make the final decision on the design, strongly opposed Libeskind&rsquo;s proposal. He said a memorial with a Jewish religious symbol would immediately open the state to legal challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations because of the separation of church and state.</p> Luxury Project Suspended: Protests in Berlin Save the Wall for Now Alexander Walter 2013-03-05T14:24:00-05:00 >2013-03-11T18:34:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The investor behind a controversial luxury housing complex in the German capital has suspended construction after thousands protested plans to remove a section of the Berlin Wall to accomodate the building. He will try to find a compromise at a meeting with officials later this month.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see the full photo gallery. The online petition "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Save Berlin's East Side Gallery from being torn down for luxury condos</a>" can be found on</p>