Memorials have been an integral part of our built environments for a long time. In recent years, there have been significant changes in who and what we commemorate, as well as how we do so. This increasing need for distinct and sensitive memorials opens up new opportunities for architects to translate complex subjects and feelings into emotive spatial experiences that are as unforgettable as they are commemorative.
This book showcases a selection of 45 contemporary memorials built since the beginning of the 21st century. Hauntingly eloquent, or boldly confrontational, each example highlights the effectiveness of these structures in focusing society’s consciousness on important and diverse issues. Spanning from Argentina to New Zealand, Comoros to South Korea, the memorials represent a broad geographical range, and each engages with its context in original and surprising ways.
Interspersed with the memorials are interviews with renowned international architects, such as Carmody Groarke, MASS Design Group, Michael Arad, Moshe Safdie, Philippe Prost, WISE Architecture and others. Their words offer insights into how architects have given form to such abstract concepts as loss, love, permanence, peace, justice, hope and memory itself. Also featured are works by Studio Libeskind, Adjaye Associates, Lee Eunsok, Eisenman Architects and many more.
“In terms of architectural challenges, how we commemorate the past is second only to how we live. This fine book serves as a poignant testament to how architects have risen to that challenge”
– Simon Jenkins (Guardian columnist, author and BBC broadcaster)