It all began with a question: Why didn’t New York City have a proper memorial to mark the many who had experienced HIV and AIDS in the city over the decades.
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Designed by Studio a+i, a Brooklyn-based architecture firm, the memorial will feature an 18-foot steel canopy that will serve as a gateway to the new St. Vincent’s Hospital Park at the intersection of West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in the West Village.
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In an atmosphere of both celebration and anxiety, a capital campaign for the New York City AIDS Memorial was formally launched at a March 27 press conference, with a new rendering of the triangular park — reflecting the design’s latest tweaks — unveiled as the project’s board of directors made an appeal for funds. Read the full article
The New York City AIDS Memorial planned for Greenwich Village has emerged sleeker, lighter, more sculptural and a lot less verdant after months of scrutiny by city agencies. Read the full article.
Some might see an echo of the pink triangle and think of Act Up, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. Some might see an echo of the letter lambda, the symbol of gay liberation when AIDS began decimating the gay population. Some might see a V for virus, or for St. Vincent’s, the hospital across the street where so many of the first victims went to die. Read the full article.
New York City’s first large-scale monument to those affected by AIDS took one step closer to reality tonight, when Manhattan’s Community Board No. 2 approved the latest design for a $2-million, 1,600-square-foot memorial in Greenwich Village. The affirmation follows a months-long process that involved scrapping a preliminary design, downsizing the proposal to 10 percent of its initial size, and fielding community concerns about security and graffiti. Read the full article.
Last winter Studio a + i, a Brooklyn-born architecture firm led by Lily Lim and Mateo Paiva, won a competition to convert a small triangle of parkland next to St. Vincent’s Hospital into an AIDS memorial. Read the full article.
AIDS Memorial Divides Village People: Tiny Triangle Tears Community Between Reflection and Recreation
By Elise Knutsen and Matt Chaban
New York Observer
Happy hour had just ended at the Stonewall Inn on Monday night (2-for-1 well, beer and wine). Rob (dirty martini) and Steve (Budweiser) were sitting at a table discussing the merits of Tom Brady and Eli Manning.
“Brady is better in the pocket, he’s better by the numbers, but Eli just always pulls it out for you,” Scott said. “No pun intended,” he quickly added.
“I think Brady’s better. He’s just past his prime,” allowed Rob.
So they were in agreement, a rarity, they said.
Among the things they disagreed on—Thai food (Rob prefers pad thai, Scott pad see ew), books (Rob thrillers, Scott histories)—was a recent proposal for an AIDS memorial on a triangle of land across from the shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital.
“I think it’s a lovely idea,” Scott said. “It had a huge impact … Read More »
Team of New York Architects Takes First Place; Jury Selects Three Runners-Up and 12 Honorable Mentions
Organization Aims to Create Memorial Park to Honor 100,000+ New York City Residents Lost to AIDS and to Recognize the Ongoing Epidemic
NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Organizers of New York City’s proposed AIDS Memorial Park (http://AIDSMemorialPark.org) today announced the winners of their design competition. First place was awarded to Brooklyn, NY’s studio a+i: Mateo Paiva, Lily Lim, John Thurtle, Insook Kim, and Esteban Erlich, with a rendering by Guillaume Paturel, for their design “Infinite Forest.” The design was selected from 475 entries submitted between November 29, 2011 and January 21, 2012, representing more than 26 U.S. states and 32 countries on six continents.
“The proposed AIDS Memorial Park commemorates the past while embracing the present and the future,” said Jury ChairMichael Arad, Partner, Handel Architects and Designer of The National September 11 Memorial. “The winning design creates a space for … Read More »
By Elise Knutsen
New York Observer
With all the negative attention surrounding Rudin Managment’s plan to turn the old St. Vincent’s hospital into condos, there has been one piece about which people have been genuinely excited—even if it is not officially part of the plan: a new AIDS Memorial Park proposed for a triangle of land at the corner of 7th Avenue and 12th Street.
Today, the AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition jury announced the contest winner and selected a local design team from 475 submissions from around the world. The Brooklyn-based crew, studio a+i, proposed a design called “infinite forest.” Stands of trees are set against polished surfaces reflecting the “forest” on-and-on as well as those inside. It creates a space of quiet contemplation that hides the busy city beyond.
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