AIDS Memorial Park Competition Lifting the Living Memorial [with Andrew Weigand and Mark Shahlamian]
AIDS, like many crises, was addressed through education and advocacy. By hosting an future outreach function, the memorial will bring together spaces not only for reflection, but also for living and education. Maintaining an educational role, the memorial park will serve many needs for the community - as a living, well used monument to personal struggles with AIDS. To better link living with remembrance and outreach, the park is fractured, allowing interaction between what might have been isolated activities. The intention is to remind visitors that while most memorials are commemorative toward an isolated event or moment in time, AIDS is an ongoing issue, and as such, part of memorializing the lives lost to the epidemic is to bring the spaces of living and remembering into conversation with one another. Lifting the park allows light to penetrate below, improving the outreach spaces. From below, three caissons for quiet contemplation support the park: A moment of remembrance amidst the activities of daily life. The lower level also holds spaces for exhibitions, meetings, and an office for a community organization.
Portfolio as of March 2013