World War I Memorial Design Competition

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On December 19,2014 President Obama designated Pershing Park in the District of Columbia as one of two National World War I Memorials. The designation allowed the World War I Centennial Commission to redevelop Pershing Park to properly honor the service of members of the United States armed forces in World War I. The Commission launched a two stage design competition to solicit responsive designs to the unique site and context. PUSH studio submitted a design that envelops the user within the spirit and shadows of those who served in the war and reflect their bravery and honor in remembrance.  The visual and sculptural experience is enhanced by the integration of the historic trench warfare symbolism in the organization of the site. There are three components to the memorial grounds design that are representative of Spirit and Reflection: The Trench of Honor, Spirit Pylons and the Plaza of Reflection


Competition / 2015


The WWI Centennial Commission


 Pershing Plaza, Washington, DC 

Project Team

Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal

Vinson Hustvedt-Camacho, Principal

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