The National Park Service, the National Capital Planning Commission, and Van Alen Institute have issued a Request for Concepts for Memorials for the Future, an ideas competition to reimagine how we think about, feel, and experience memorials.
Memorials for the Future calls for designers, artists, and social scientists to develop new ways to commemorate people and events that are more inclusive and flexible, and that enrich Washington's landscape while responding to the limitations of traditional commemoration. As NPS celebrates its centennial in 2016, Memorials for the Future creates new ideas for honoring our diverse histories, heritage, and culture.
Entries submitted by May 4 will be narrowed to three teams to be announced on May 30. The teams will receive $15,000 each to participate in a research and design process, working closely with competition partners to develop site-specific designs for memorials in Washington, DC, that are adaptive, ephemeral, virtual, event-focused, or interactive. The teams' proposals will advance a framework for the design of 21st-century memorials and provide future memorial sponsors with fresh approaches to commemorating their subject matter.
Get all the relevant information from the Memorials for the Future website. Marcel Acosta (LF ’01), ED of the National Capital Planning Commission, is a juror. He spoke about the initiative at the 2010 Loeb reunion.
And read comments from CityLab about the competition.