The National Park Service (NPS), the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), and Van Alen Institute in New York are collaborating on 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.
The entries will be narrowed to three teams to participate in a research and design process, working closely with the 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.
Van Alen Institute will accept requests for concepts beginning April 11. The deadline for registration and electronic submission of the request for concepts is 11:59 PM EDT on May 4, 2016 at the competition website.