Less than a month ago, the New York Times published an article about the future of a plot of land known as the Triangle located outside St. Vincent’s Hospital in the West Village, which is now closed and in the process of being transformed into luxury apartments. One idea for the land’s reuse, which was floated by the Queer History Alliance (now AIDS Memorial Park Coalition), spearheaded by Chris Tepper and Paul Kelterborn, was to create an AIDS Memorial Park. As St. Vincent’s was “Ground Zero for the AIDS epidemic on the East Coast” and as there is no significant memorial in the city recognizing the more than 100,000 New Yorkers who lost their lives to AIDS, it seemed a good idea and apparently others think so too!
On November 29, organizers and sponsors, which inlcude Architizer and Architectural Record, launched an open, international competition to design an AIDS Memorial Park and assembled an impressive jury that is headed by Michael Arad, designer of the National September 11 Memorial, and includes Kurt Anderson, Barry Bergdoll, Elizabeth Diller, Robert Hammond, Richard Meier, Ken Smith, Suzanne Stephens, Bill Jones of New York Live Arts, and Dr. Marjorie Hill, CEO of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Entries are due Janurary 21st, 2011. For complete details follow the link to the competition website provided http://bit.ly/rQSArX .