AIDS MEMORIAL PARK COMPETITION

NEW YORK CITY

AIDS touched the lives of millions of New Yorkers, yet this city remains hopeful, surviving in spirit even with so many lives lost. With a population that is especially hard hit by this devastating disease, Greenwich Village remains a vibrant neighborhood instilled with the memory of those who have passed away during this epidemic. The triangle across from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital complex serves as a fitting location for a memorial. SPG’s proposal incorporates a sloped gathering space; a landscaped plaza; a skyward-pointing light monitor; and two continuous lighted benches configured as a ribbon, a symbol of the AIDS movement. Continuous bands of illuminated information lead directly to the light monitor, visible throughout the immediate neighborhood. A ramped passageway leads visitors to an underground memorial where digital imagery exhibits the history the AIDS movement. LED displays in sequestered areas create space to call up names and faces to remember the 100,000+ New Yorkers who have been lost to this destructive disease. It affirms that life is strengthened as a result of tragedy.

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memorial from street

plaza

interior gallery

courtyard

memorial at night

section

detail

site plan

plan - underground