Competition Entry for the Memorial to the Victims of the 9/11/01 Attack on the Pentagon

We began the design process by searching for associations between memory and healing that would enable us to align qualities of the American landscape with the needs of the memorial’s visitors.  We were drawn to images of water, which has been long associated with death and rebirth, to images of Native American mounds and landforms, and to images of other landscapes that specifically address the connections between land and sky.


We wished to design a memorial that would utilize the local site to remind visitors of the complex local and global repercussions of the event.  The project’s primary structure is a series of concentric mounds of earth through which a pedestrian path leading to the crash site has been carved. 


The mounds are designed to allow visitors to position themselves against the earth and study the sky, thereby contemplating the event itself and the complex relationship between land and sky.


Competition Entry for the Memorial to the Victims of the 9/11/01 Attack on the Pentagon, 2002

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