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Pritzker Military Museum & Library announces finalist for Cold War Veterans Memorial

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Pritzker Military Museum & Library announces finalist for Cold War Veterans Memorial

Four finalists will move to Stage II.


By Pritzker Archives and Memorial Park Center | September 21, 2021
Orbits of Time
Courtesy Oyler Wu Collaborative

After launching a competition to design the new Cold War Veterans Memorial in Somers, Wisc., the Pritzker Military Museum & Library has narrowed the decision down to four concepts. The Cold War Veterans Memorial, when complete, will be a critical piece of the Pritzker Archives and Memorial Park Center (PAMPC).

The concepts were judged against criteria including individuality, relevance, and conceptualization. The challenge was to provide a conceptual design for the Cold War Veterans Memorial that embraces the mission statement, exemplifies the guiding vision, and achieves the design goals. The four finalists are from the U.S., Italy, Japan, and Jordan.

The finalists include:

Infinite life
Courtesy AMDL CIRCLE
  • INFINITE LIFE - Michele De Lucchi con Francesco Forcella (project architect), Nicholas Bewick, Junmei Liu, Emanuele Novembre, Guido Tarantola, Mayya Sargsyan of AMDL CIRCLE in Milan, Italy
    • Although this Memorial project was born out of the importance of respecting and honoring those that served during the Cold War period, we also see its relevance as a heroic symbol towards our continually evolving universe and the existence of human life. 
The Conflict
Courtesy m+j architect studio atelier
  • THE CONFLICT - Mai Abu-Shanab and Jalal  Al-Sadi of  m+j architect studio atelier in Amman, Jordan 
    • This cold war memorial is intended to honor individuals and groups and give a permanent recognition to accomplishments, as quietly made, by countless individuals and groups as they pursued the expansion of freedom and democracy, creating a place for reflection and remembrance, inspiring the public to perceive freedom for centuries to come.
Orbits of Time
Courtesy Oyler Wu Collaborative
  • ORBITS OF TIME - Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler of Oyler Wu Collaborative in Los Angeles, California, USA
    • The proposed design envisions a memorial that embodies the ideals and mission of Memorial Park, making more tactile a context that can’t be measured in a single name or event: only in glimpses of history. Within these glimpses is layered a timeline of both personal and collective experiences emblematic of the Cold War – a paradigm that rebalances the interconnected narratives of American innovation and service.
Eternal Circulation
Courtesy Shinsaku Munemoto & Associates
  • ETERNAL CIRCULATION - Shinsaku Munemoto of Shinsaku Munemoto & Associates, Architects in Kyoto, Japan
    • This memorial intends to preserve the memories, records, and achievements of the veterans in perpetuity. By uncovering the layer of land, one space separates into two. The space of the “past” underneath meets the layers of the veterans’ work and time, where one can relive the veterans’ history and memories of the Cold War. The satellite dish formed above forges the “present” space to transmit the histories and memories. Through the hole opened in the unfolded land, the archive is seen, bridging the “past” records to the “present,” creating an ETERNAL CIRCULATION of education and communication.

The finalists will now move to Stage II to evolve their concepts and create more fully defined designs by late February 2022. Stage II will include a virtual competition briefing, Q&A, mid-course review, and design exhibit. The winning design will be announced publicly in March 2022.

The finalists' submissions can be viewed here.

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