Over the next five Fridays Roads to the Great War will be presenting each of the finalists for the design of America's long-awaited World War One Memorial. Over 350 concepts have been reduced to five outstanding concepts. In the next stage of the competition, the finalists will work in consultation with the Commission, public agencies with ultimate approval authority over the design, and other stakeholders to further develop and refine their initial design concepts. At the end of Stage II the jury will make recommendations to the World War I Commission, which expects to announce a winning design concept in January 2016.
During that process, however, the selection jury will be soliciting public comment. In order to encourage that commentary, Roads to the Great War will be sharing details about each of the designs with our readers. We will be including pieces of the original submittals and commentary from the jury and other designers. The designs will be presented in the order the were originally filed with the Commission. We begin with:
0013 "Plaza to the Forgotten War," submitted by the design team of Brian Johnsen, AIA; Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, and Andrew Cesarz, at Johnsen Schmaling Architects, in Milwaukee, WI.
Major Design Features:
- Grid of 1,166 illuminated bronze markers. (one for every 100 U.S. war deaths)
- Terraced, gently sloping landforms with tree-lined paths and secluded spaces
- Colonnade of memorial pillars with inscribed text with historical accounts of the U.S. involvement in the war
|An American Cemetery in France: Inspiration for the Illuminated Markers|
|Daytime View of Intersection of a North-South Path and the Promenade|
(Note Illuminated Markers and Informational Columns)
Jury Comments: Situated on a seam between the National Mall and the dense urbanity of downtown DC, the Plaza to the Forgotten War commemorates the service of World War I American forces by creating a place that devotedly holds on to the memory of the tragic losses endured by the United States. The concept is simple, elegant, and open with a strong and integrated form and meaning that reveals itself in layers. The memorial message is clear and there is great potential for the creation of an outstanding park. The field of lights presents a technological challenge that will need to be resolved and the Pershing statue and walls will need to be integrated in the evolving design.
|Night-time View of Colonnade on Main Promenade|
|Detailed Plans of Illuminated Markers and Pedestrian Pathways|
Submit you comments at: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/stage-ii-finalists.html