A design competition has been launched for an AIDS Memorial Park opposite St. Vincent's Hospital in NYC's West Village, the NYT reports:
At the helm will be Michael Arad, the designer of the poignant and provocative 9/11 memorial in the footprint of the former World Trade Center.
The goal of the competition is to produce a design for an integrated park, memorial and underground learning center to honor the 100,000 New York City residents who have died from AIDS, as well as to commemorate the efforts of the caregivers, many of them St. Vincent’s professionals, who responded to the crisis. Thirty years ago, St. Vincent’s was at the epicenter of the epidemic in the city.
Planners want it to be as much a park as a memorial.
Joining Mr. Arad on the design jury are, among others, the architects Richard Meier and Elizabeth Diller; the landscape architect Ken Smith; the High Line’s co-founder and executive director, Robert Hammond; the choreographer Bill T. Jones; and the novelist and journalist Kurt Andersen.
The coalition is accepting entries through Jan. 21, 2012, on the Web site Architizer.
Watch a video about the competition and the site, AFTER THE JUMP…
NYC AIDS Memorial Park Competition [official site]
AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition from Beechwood Film on Vimeo.