The submission “Memorial Grove” by nt21: Andrew Ruff and post-professional M.Arch.(CMT) student Caitlin Turski has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the AIDS Memorial Park competition in New York City. The competition, in conjunction with Architizer and Architectural Record, was chaired by Michael Arad (designer of the National September 11 Memorial) to generate ideas for the memorial park design. Designers from around the world were invited to submit designs that would create a new neighborhood park and meaningful memorial. The competition jurors selected the winning design, three runners-up, and 11 honorable mentions from 475 entries from 26 U.S. states and 32 countries.
Founded in 2011 by urban planners Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn, AIDS Memorial Park is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to the recognition and preservation of the ongoing history of the AIDS crisis. The organization’s goal is to produce a design for a memorial park to honor New York City’s 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists who responded to fight the disease, and to recognize the ongoing crisis.