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This lecture will reflect on how designers might create memorials in the wake of 2003’s 9/11 memorial competition. The past fifteen years have been marked by numerous tragedies and memorials to remember and process these events. The design of these memorials has generated a complex dialogue within the design community about how to memorialize victims.

“Memorial Visions” will reflect on the ideas expressed in the 9/11 competition and consider methods to promote better design and construction of future memorials. Lester Levine will provide a retrospective on the competition by presenting example entries, highlighting the characteristics of this seminal competition. The approaches presented will represent the confluence of tendencies in memorial design as well as innovative ideas and precursors to contemporary trends. This presentation will be followed by a panel and audience discussion to reflect on the trends explored in the 9/11 competition, driving a broader dialogue about how societies and the design community should memorialize tragic events.

Lester Levine, Author, 9/11 Memorial Visions: Innovative Concepts from the 2003 World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition
Harriet F. Senie, Professor, Art History and Director of Art Museum Studies, City College of New York; Author, Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11
Mabel O. Wilson, Professor, Columbia University; Founder, Studio And

Joy Bailey Bryant, Vice President of Cities and Cultural Development, Lord Cultural Resources

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Organized by
AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee
Laser light veil - "A Letter to Our Future". Image: David Marlatt.
Wednesday, 7/25
6pm to 8pm
Center for Architecture
Member: Free
Student with Valid ID: Free
General Public: $10
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