U.S. WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL COMMISSION TO ANNOUNCE MEMORIAL DESIGN
WASHINGTON, DC: The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission has
scheduled a press event to formally announce the selected design
concept for the national World War I Memorial design competition.
The event will take place at the National Press Club in Washington,
DC at 2pmon Monday, 25 January 2016. All media members are invited to
The Commission was established Congress in 2013 to ensure a
suitable observation in the United States of the centennial of World War I.
In 2014 Congress authorized the commission to establish a national
World War I memorial in Washington, D.C. Congress designated
Pershing Park as the site for the memorial.
Pershing Park is located one block from the White House on
Pennsylvania Avenue, adjacent to the Willard Hotel and the District
of Columbia’s Wilson Building.
In May 2015 the commission opened an international design
competition. In Stage I of the competition, the Commission received more than
360 design concepts from designers around the world. In August, an
independent jury of design professionals and historians selected
five of the design concepts to advance to Stage II of the competition.
The five design teams consulted with representatives from the
Commission, the National Park Service, the U.S. Commission of Fine
Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, and other
stakeholders to develop and refine their design concepts.
The designs must must meet a number of criteria related to design merit, site
considerations, environmental impact, historical preservation,
sustainability, and cost. The designers submitted their final
concepts in December 2015.
The competition jury reviewed the finalists' submissions earlier
this month, and recommended a team for selection by the Commission.
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