Archinect - News 2017-07-24T08:50:09-04:00 Four Freedoms Park and Modern Memorial Design Places Journal 2012-11-05T17:47:00-05:00 >2012-11-05T22:20:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The creation of a public monument is a fraught business these days. That the pristine work of an architect nearly 40 years dead should rise intact, in today&rsquo;s contentious political, legal and aesthetic climate, is a wonder. And how timely it is that the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt should be honored in such eloquent fashion at a moment when powerful political forces in this country seek to dismantle it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Why is the design of memorials so fraught? Belmont Freeman reviews the design and politics of diverse memorials to American presidents, with a focus on Four Freedoms Park in New York City, the memorial to Franklin Roosevelt designed by Louis Kahn that opened last month.</p> Louis Kahn’s Memorial to FDR opens on Oct. 24 Archinect 2012-10-12T16:10:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T19:47:03-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn drew up the design in 1973, rendering it with soft charcoal on yellow tracing paper. He had readied it for construction in 1974, but New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, a prime mover of the project, became vice president to Gerald Ford and got distracted by mightier demands... Then Kahn died of a heart attack in a public bathroom in New York&rsquo;s Pennsylvania Station at age 73.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> An early look at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Nam Henderson 2012-05-18T20:17:00-04:00 >2012-05-22T22:17:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect Editorial Contributor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Plewke</a> recently visited the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park</a>, which opens officially Fall 2012. Designed by&nbsp;Louis I. Kahn the park is on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, New York City. Check out more photo's via his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flickr stream</a>.</p>