Announced by the White House in October 2015 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Challenge.gov, Memorials for the Future Idea Competition will re-imagine Washington, D.C.’s traditional approach to permanent commemoration.
Memorials for the Future is an competition that reimagines the way we think about, feel, and experience memorials.
This competition will look at Washington, DC’s traditional approach to permanent commemoration, and then create new ideas for honoring our diverse histories, heritage, and culture.
Memorials for the Future calls for designers, artists, and social scientists to develop new ways to commemorate people and events that are more inclusive and flexible, and that enrich Washington's landscape while responding to the limitations of traditional commemoration. As NPS celebrates its centennial in 2016, Memorials for the Future creates new ideas for honoring our diverse histories, heritage, and culture.
Memorials enshrine what we as a society want to remember. But the places, people and stories that we choose to memorialize and the audiences who encounter them are constantly changing. Memorials for the Future challenges entrants to imagine the possible future of memorials: How can they look forward and not only back? How can we commemorate in more adaptive, interactive, and ephemeral ways?
Entrants are challenged to consider how the next century’s memorials will be woven into the capital’s urban public spaces.
The competition proposals should be based on specific places or areas in Washington, DC. Proposals may take a physical form or may be virtual. Preference will be given to teams that propose a site or sites outside of the National Mall.
Teams must include at least one designer (e.g. architect, landscape architect, urban designer, planner, artist), and are encouraged to include members with expertise in storytelling, history, commemoration or the social sciences.
There is no entry fee for partecipate on this idea award!
It's free to enter!
This competition is open to the public. Teams must include at least one designer (an artist, architect,landscape architect, urban designer and/or planner), and are encouraged to include members with expertise in technology, storytelling, history, commemoration, visual arts, and the social sciences.