NYC AIDS Memorial Park Competition

July 20, 2012
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We envisioned the Aids Memorial Park site as a reflection of the human body; one with an enduring support structure. Our proposal approaches the existing utilitarian building and its structural system as a metaphor for how HIV/AIDS impacts the human body by selectively removing building elements and structure to mirror HIV/AIDS’ impact.

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Among the proposed design elements is an open amphitheater memorial park with an observation tower and educational facilities which have been carved out of the existing building structure.

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Selective building elements such as the “support gate” are new structural elements required to brace the existing facade while outlining the previous building elements profile as a record of the original building scale.

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The existing building facade would be preserved and serve as an observation tower to view the memorial park and surrounding community.

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The Remembrance Beacon is a glass spire with OLED digital film that would display images of the faces of individuals affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The displayed images would be from the AIDS Memorial archives submitted by individuals affected by the illness or relatives who choose to display images of their departed as a memorial. The goal of the Reflection Beacon is to give the disease a human face. Visitors of the Remembrance Beacon will be able to display their images when visiting by imputing the names in a kiosk terminal within the observation tower.


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