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Description - Remembrance Now: 21st-Century Memorial Architecture by Michèle Woodger

Memorials have long been an important part of our built environments. In recent decades, there have been enormous changes in who and what we commemorate, and how. This increasing need for unique and sensitive memorials opens up new creative horizons for architects tasked with translating complex subjects and feelings into emotive spatial experiences that are as memorable as they are commemorative.

This book showcases 45 contemporary memorials dating from since the beginning of the 21st century. Hauntingly eloquent, or starkly confrontational, each example highlights the effectiveness of such structures in focusing society’s consciousness on important and diverse issues. From Argentina to New Zealand, Comoros to South Korea, the memorials represent a wide geographical spread, and each interacts in original and surprising ways with its context.

Interspersed with the memorials are interviews with leading international architects, including Carmody Groarke, MASS Design Group, Michael Arad, Moshe Safdie, Philippe Prost 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.

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