Memorial in Alabama acknowledges violence against African Americans

A memorial and museum dedicated to the legacy of racial violence and injustice in America are set to open in Montgomery, Alabama. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice was designed by Boston-based Mass Design Group and set up by Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) – a non-profit organisation that works to advance national reconciliation around race.

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Snøhetta and Local Studio build tribute arch to Desmond Tutu in Cape Town

Architecture firms Snøhetta and Local Studio celebrate South African anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu with this monumental arch, which was unveiled in downtown Cape Town during this year’s Design Indaba. Called Arch for Arch, the memorial structure was created to commemorate the tireless efforts of Tutu – the nation’s first black archbishop – in campaigning for democracy in

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Grenfell Tower site to be turned into memorial to fire victims

The site of the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in west London is expected to be turned into a memorial to the 72 people killed in last year’s disaster. A government document outlining the potential future uses of the site state the “voice of the bereaved” will lead the decision-making process. The most likely outcome is a

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Corn factory in Mexico by Atelier Ars includes memorial garden for facility’s founder

A memorial to the founder of a corn-processing facility in Jalisco sits at the heart of this complex designed by Mexican architecture firm Atelier Ars. The Novasem factory complex in the western Mexican state includes several buildings that the architecture studio designed to have very different appearances. The facility controls everything from harvesting to sorting,

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Spiralling memorial by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects is dedicated to Israeli soldiers

Israeli practice Kimmel Eshkolot Architects has created a memorial dedicated to Israel’s fallen soldiers at the country’s national cemetery in Jerusalem. The memorial incorporates more than 23,000 commemorative bricks, each engraved with the name of a soldier and the date of their death. Creating a “wall of names”, the bricks form a 250-metre long corridor that spirals

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Outrage at luxury Chipperfield development on site of Nazi torture cellars in Hamburg

Protesters have clashed with a developer over plans to transform the Hamburg townhouse where the Gestapo interrogated victims during the second world war into a new urban quarter designed by David Chipperfield Architects. Developers Quantum enlisted Kuehn Malvezzi Architects, Stephen Williams Associates, and Agn Leussmann alongside Chipperfield’s practice to convert a group of four buildings centred around

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Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial breaks ground in Washington DC

The controversial memorial to former US president Dwight D Eisenhower, designed by Frank Gehry, has finally begun construction in Washington DC after years of opposition. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held yesterday, at the site on the National Mall where the $150 million memorial will be built. Honouring the 34th president of the

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Gay rights activist Harvey Milk to receive stepped memorial in San Francisco’s Castro

The work of late gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk will be celebrated in San Francisco’s famous Castro District with a large set of ramping steps, designed by New York architects Perkins Eastman. The stepped memorial will be built on Harvey Milk Plaza, an open square named to commemorate of Milk and his work in

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David Adjaye to design UK Holocaust memorial

British architect David Adjaye has been named the winner of a competition to create the UK’s National Holocaust Memorial in a park near the Houses of Parliament in London. Adjaye Associates is working with Ron Arad Architects on the design of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, which will be located in Victoria Tower Gardens. The architects have

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Studio Libeskind completes Canada’s first Holocaust monument in Ottowa

Daniel Libeskind’s architecture firm has finished work on the National Holocaust Monument in the Canadian capital, formed from tall concrete walls laid out like a warped Star of David. The country’s first monument dedicated to the Holocaust officially opened on 27 September 2017. It honours the millions of Jews murdered under the Nazi regime, and

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“The architectural world seems to be responding to Charlottesville with deafening silence”

When Neo-Nazis are marching in the streets, architects need to to step up and confront the issues surrounding colonial monuments, argues Phineas Harper. Baying Neo-Nazis grasping flaming torches on the steps of the University of Virginia’s Rotunda, designed by president-turned-architect, Thomas Jefferson in the 1820s, was the chilling prelude to the events of Saturday 12

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Norway scraps plans for controversial memorial near site of 2011 Utøya terrorist attack

Plans to cut a “wound” into a Norwegian peninsula in memory of the victims of terrorist Anders Breivik have been abandoned following years of opposition from locals. The Memory Wound memorial, by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg, was intended to commemorate the 77 people who died in the 22 July 2011 attacks, which centred on a

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BBGK Architekci uses stained concrete walls to create Katyn Museum inside Warsaw barbican

Red concrete walls frame a chasm leading to a memorial inside Warsaw’s barbican, which commemorates the thousands of Polish citizens murdered by the Soviet secret police during the second world war. Designed by local studio BBGK Architekci, the Katyn Museum– one of five projects in the running for this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award – is split across three 19th-century buildings of

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Jan Kempenaers documents Soviet-era war memorials in black and white photo series

Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers has documented a series of second world war memorials across Europe, from a neglected lattice-wrapped library to the star-shaped entrance to a fortress. Like the photographer’s Spomenik series, The Untitled photoset focuses on a series of ruined concrete monuments built in the 1960s and 70s across the former Yugoslavian territories. This time, Kempenaers has also included structures in Germany

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Rudy Ricciotti sinks Rivesaltes Memorial Museum in furrow at former French military camp

This museum on the site of a former French military and internment camp near Perpignan comprises a 240-metre-long concrete block with large openings puncturing its gently inclined roof. The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum was designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti and completed in 2015. It is among the five finalists for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. The

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Giles Miller and Forbes Massie imagine towering monument with walls of offset bricks

Designer Giles Miller has worked with visualiser Forbes Massie to draw up designs for a huge monument with a cross-shaped plan and textured brick walls. Miller and Massie’s 14-storey Monument is designed to be completely hollow, allowing visitors to inhabit it. Working alongside structural engineers from Arup, Miller’s studio took on the conceptual project to “push our creative discipline as composers of materials to

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“However brutal, the Yolocaust website gave meaning to Berlin’s Holocaust memorial”

By juxtaposing selfies taken by visitors to Peter Eisenman’s Holocaust memorial with archive photos from concentration camps, artist Shahak Shapira has revealed why design that shames is important, says Owen Hatherley in his latest Opinion column. I came across Yolocaust on the Twitter account of historian Alex Von Tunzelmann. Clearly unsure about whether or not to link to it at

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Foster, Adjaye and Libeskind shortlisted for UK Holocaust memorial

David Adjaye, Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and Daniel Libeskind are among the ten shortlisted teams competing to design the UK’s National Holocaust Memorial in London.  The shortlist for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was revealed earlier today – Holocaust Memorial Day. The ten contending teams are: British firms Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects; Zaha Hadid

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Monument by RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon will commemorate “Dutch struggle against water”

RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon have revealed plans for a monument commemorating the huge feat of engineering behind the Dutch Delta Works – a vast network of dams, sluices, locks and levees designed to prevent flooding in the Netherlands. Amsterdam-based RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon plan to convert a huge concrete test model used by engineers at the former Dutch

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Belarusian Memorial Chapel by Spheron Architects is dedicated to Chernobyl victims

Spheron Architects has completed a small wooden chapel for the Belarusian community of north London to commemorate victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The Belarusian Memorial Chapel stands in the grounds of Marian House – a cultural centre for the Belarusian community in Woodside Park – and features a decorative shingled roof. It is dedicated to the memory of

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Berlin Holocaust memorial wouldn’t be built today, says Peter Eisenman

The memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin wouldn’t get built in today’s xenophobic social climate, according to its architect Peter Eisenman. The American architect, whose Holocaust memorial opened in 2005, said that growing hatred and anti-semitism across Europe would prevent the project from being realised if proposed now. “I believe that my

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Bourgeois Lechasseur erects memorial on fish factory ruins in Quebec

This monument to seamen by Canadian studio Bourgeois Lechasseur Architects stands on the site of a fish processing plant that was destroyed in a fire. Called The Place des Gens de Mer, or The Square of Seafarers, the memorial is situated in the heart of Cap-aux-Meules – a village in the Magdalen Islands. Part of the Quebec

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Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial finally approved by former US president’s family

The Eisenhower family has withdrawn is rejections to the Frank Gehry-designed memorial, proposed for Washington DC to honour the 34th president of the United States (+ slideshow). After years of opposition, the almost $150 million project has finally gained approval from the family of Kansas-born Dwight D Eisenhower – who led the US from 1953 to More

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Norway moves to scrap plans for controversial Utøya memorial

The Norwegian government has offered to abandon plans for a memorial to the 77 people murdered during the terrorist attacks of 22 July 2011, after fierce opposition by local residents. Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg intends to sever a strip of headland from the coastline in the village of Sørbråten, in tribute to the victims of the bombing in Oslo and the More

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Utøya massacre site given “new beginning” by architect Erlend Blakstad Haffner

The cafe building where 13 people tragically lost their lives in the Norwegian terrorist attacks of 2011 has been enshrined within a new learning centre by architect Erlend Blakstad Haffner (+ slideshow). Blakstad Haffner has spent the last five years on the rehabilitation of tragedy-stricken island Utøya, where 69 people – mostly teenagers – were murdered in More

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“Architecture can feel like a paltry gesture in times like ours”

Opinion: meaningful architectural reactions to crises may take time, but quick temporary structures can be just as effective, and both are far preferable to not responding at all says Mimi Zeiger. I admit it; I’ve retreated. In the midst of a scorching summer of bigotry and violence, where every day serves up another horror at More

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Nizio Design commemorates the Holocaust with angular weathering-steel museum

This wedge-shaped, pre-rusted steel museum by Nizio Design is dedicated to the role that Polish citizens played in protecting the lives of Jews during the second world war (+ slideshow). The Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jewish People is located in Markowa, a village in southeast Poland, and is intended to commemorate the lives of both Poles and More

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Pay respects to the best memorials on Dezeen with our new Pinterest board

A towering steel Holocaust memorial in Italy was popular this week, so we’ve revisited the best commemorative architecture published on Dezeen. Visit our latest Pinterest board to explore more examples, including a concentration camp house shrouded in glass, a fan-shaped stone structure in Japan and a tribute to suspected witches burnt at the stake in 17th-century Norway. Follow More

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SET Architects installs towering steel Holocaust memorial in a Bologna square

The space at the heart of this rusting steel memorial narrows to a width of just 80 centimetres, designed to make visitors empathise with the “feeling of oppression” experienced by Holocaust victims (+ slideshow). Designed by Rome-based office SET Architects, the Bologna Shoah Memorial is located on a city square in Bologna, Italy, close to the newly installed high-speed train station. More

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Second world war memorial mausoleum nears completion at Polish massacre site

Polish architect and sculptor Mirosław Nizio has unveiled the first photographs of a mausoleum he is building to commemorate the victims of Polish village massacres during the second world war (+ slideshow). Set to open in 2016, the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages will pay tribute to thousands of citizens who were murdered during the […]

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Oving Architecten shrouds concentration camp house in glass as a memorial to the holocaust

The former home of an SS commander at Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, the Netherlands, has been enclosed within a giant glass vitrine by Dutch studio Oving Architecten. Intended as a memorial to the second world war, the large glass box creates a vitrine-like enclosure around the clapboard residence of SS commander Albert Konrad Gemmeker. According to […]

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Flight 93 Memorial opens in Pennsylvania to mark 14th anniversary of 9/11

The Flight 93 crash-site memorial built to commemorate the victims of 9/11 opened to the public today in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, marking the 14th anniversary of the attacks. The Flight 93 National Memorial is constructed on one of the three sites that were attacked on 11 September 2001 – the others being the World Trade Center in New York and […]

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Memorials by Beomki Lee would pay tribute to victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami

Graduate shows 2015: MIT graduate Beomki Lee has developed a proposal to commemorate the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan, with a series of spaces themed around air, earth, and water (+ slideshow). The design proposes inserting different memorial types – based on the three elements – into a devastated area of Sendai’s coastal landscape. […]

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Wise Architecture erects bamboo temple on South Korean coast for victims of a ferry disaster

Each of the 304 ribs of bamboo that make up this Buddhist temple represent a victim killed when a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea – a disaster for which the captain has today been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison (+ slideshow). The prayer hall is dedicated to victims […]

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Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall honours a Korean independence activist

A grid of 12 regimented blocks forms this Seoul memorial centre designed by D Lim Architects to pay tribute to the life of Korean independence activist Ahn Jung-geun (+ slideshow). The Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall presents the history of the Korean nationalist who, when the country was on the verge of annexation by Japan, led a doomed campaign to […]

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“Serene” concrete pavilion marks the entrance to a First World War cemetery

This minimal concrete and glass pavilion in Flanders, Belgium, by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architectuurburo houses a visitor centre for the world’s largest Commonwealth war cemetery, where 11,956 servicemen of the First World War are buried or commemorated (+ slideshow). Bruges-based Govaert & Vanhoutte created an entrance pavilion and a new toilet block in response to the increasing number of […]

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Philippe Prost’s elliptical concrete memorial marks the centenary of World War I

This concrete oval, designed by Parisian architect Philippe Prost to be “the colour of war”, stretches out across the site of one of the world’s largest French military cemeteries to commemorate the centenary of the First World War (+ slideshow). Philippe Prost was asked to design the memorial for the military cemetery of Notre Dame de Lorette, which is […]

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Construction starts on David Adjaye’s spiralling stone extinction memorial

News: construction is now underway on a memorial to extinct species of the present and future, designed by David Adjaye for the Isle of Portland, England. A ground-breaking ceremony took place last week for the Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO), a 30-metre-high stone spiral that will house an information and exhibition centre for the 860 species […]

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