No-Man’s Land becomes Every-one’s Land: The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission sponsored an open competition to create a new World War One Memorial in Pershing Park, Washington DC. We collaborated with LAND COLLECTIVE to submit a design that transforms the existing park into both an urban amenity and place of national commemoration.
No-Man’s Land: During World War I, No-Man’s Land emerged between opposing trenches. Shaped by relentless bombardment, it was a place of death, terror and annihilation where all traces of life were destroyed, leaving behind a landscape characterized by craters and mounds. It is the transformation of No-Man’s Land into a public place for all that creates a living memorial.
Palimpsest: Time passes and memories fade. Over the last one hundred years, the landscape has healed and the battleground has softened; craters, mounds, and trenches are now a palimpsest of forms and lines. This serves as inspiration for our memorial expression: a landscape that evokes World War I and healing that continues.