(Honorable Mention – Peace Corps Competition)
The Peace Place memorial aspires to celebrate rather than passively commemorate. Departing from the prevalent formal language and hardened material vocabulary of monumental architecture, it shapes a garden and active public space – an urban artifact that is alive, continuously in flux and that remains welcoming to its surrounding urban context
Revisiting the traditional columnar monument, a triangular array of flowering vine covered columns rise to inscribe an intimate public garden and event space. Connected together as one, these green towers offer a striking and memorable presence to the Capital’s civic landscape.
Not built in stone or steel, immutable and unchanging, this work remains alive to manifest the Peace Corps ethos – the need to labor, not only to achieve peace, but to maintain it.