We propose an emotional experience that captures the palimpsest of historical events, creates a comprehensive memory and unifies, over time, the park by reclaiming the land in honor of those murdered and buried. A central space will proliferate plant species, endangered and symbolic, that will sustain the park's horticulture.
For the sites of execution, we propose to add "fill" for walking, surfaced with 100,000 pavers, and reserve the ground where atrocities took place and remains exist as unwalkable. From the air, the outline of Babyn Yar appears as a tree root. We extend this metaphor, creating a land turned inside out and filled with calcified roots. The ground above the burials at Babyn Yar and Pavlov are voids.
The reclaiming of sacred ground proceeds from all burial sites to a central place where the ground opens, sheltering a protected island of local endangered plant species, a gift of life, of possibility, a place to honor the righteous and survivors of Babyn Yar and nurture our future– the ones that almost disappeared but survived with the help of the righteous.
Our proposal continues with a diamond matrix superimposed over the entire site that is both map and paths for reconstituting and documenting the site's historical palimpsest. Plantings and meadows infill the diamonds. The paths are 40 meters apart. The matrix is both the map and the endless, contemplative paths.
These paths and meadows will reclaim land surrounding existing non-park uses and their design bridges current use with the memorial mission. The desecrated tombstones will be recovered from the site and returned "home" to these infill areas within the borders of each cemetery.
Six million lives.... rings of enduring memory
The memorial foundation is water, flowing across a shallow infinity pool.
Two Judaic symbols are at the heart of the memorial: the parting of the Red Sea and a simple unbroken ring.
The Jews were delivered from annihilation 5,000 years ago when the waters of the Red Sea parted. The ring symbolizes love and infinite faith, with no beginning, no end. We recreate the “parting of the sea” with two walls comprised of six million rings, each ring a tribute to the enduring memory of Jewish Holocaust victims. The rings are layered in rows of eighteen – the Hebrew number for chai ... life. They will shimmer in the wind and yield to the touch. The rings envelop visitors as they ascend a modest ramp to an upper level.
From the upper level, seen over the dune, is the expansive, enduring Atlantic Ocean.
Our playscape is a stage for play, a greenway in the heart of Newark, reducing the carbon footprint, developing sustainability, where Newark residents can create their lives “playing” with the tough issues in Newark and improving their health, emotional life and quality of life. Uniting the city’s large university population with residents, many of whom live below the poverty line, with profes- sionals with Newark’s youth, the playscape is an environment for building community through partnerships for development, both economic and human.
The design not only provides for different kinds of play - skateboarding, basketball, bocce, urban farming and gardening, art, water, and chess and checkers ...it merges types of play so that greenway users are constantly invited to explore other activities and meet people who are not like them and create something new together.
The playscape is linked to the Broad Street rail station that provides regional and local transportation to commuters. Many residents, commuters and students pass by the site and while waiting for a bus or the light rail can spend time in the greenway playscape. They will meet residents who are creating gardens and university faculty experimenting with sustainable practices and food science. Skateboarders can meet these scientists, commuters can watch and join a basketball game, bocce players can easily garden and young chess players can teach their elders how they play. Performers can take to the outdoor stage and create impromptu concerts and plays.
greenway playscape is both a place for commuters to visit and would be a destination, planned as an afterschool program in partnership with the local universities and colleges for new- ark’s youth to become engaged in the world and where they could be exposed to and engaged by professionals and adults with whom they build relationships.
Newark is a city of 282,000 and like many American industrial cities, the economy has shrunk as the manufacturing base left and the city, over the last several decades, has declined. Citizens of Newark, living below the poverty line, range between 35-40% of its residents.
The greenway playscape is sustainable, producing enough power through the solar panel array to power lights for night use and the bathrooms located beneath the basketball bleachers.
The site will be graded with clean land fill provided by the demolition of buildings and site preparation in Newark. Local universities will use the greenway to set up science botanical and farm projects, and showcase their work to the community.
A farmer's market will sell the produce grown on the site and more; the urban gardening will allow residents to learn skills and artists will be able to lease inexpensive outdoor work space.
The central entry portal to the Business Innovation Factory, as the main entry point, would serve three main visitor groups: conference attendees, prospective business model users, and the public.
If one were to imagine the three programmatic areas – Conference Center, Tenants’ Program, and Innovation @ Scale – diagrammed as overlapping (as in a Venn diagram), the intersection of any two spaces would represent a more permanent zone where the building architecture would be timeless and permanent, serving the users and public. The content delivery to these areas would be changing constantly and continuously and its integration onto the building architecture would be seamless. This would be an iconic, public space – a node – where content is ubiquitous and people are meeting, conversing, gathering information, and communicating.
A ring, circling this central intersection tells the story of innovation, where content is provided that displays the real-time ecosystem mapping and networking in Rhode Island, and where the history of innovation, using a narrative construct of the network, is told.
The central intersection of all three-program elements would be the beginning and ending point of a tour for users and the public. This central intersection functions to integrate the Business Innovation Factory services, becomes a theater for a seminal meeting, broadcasts dialogues and signature events, where time-sensitive activities are conducted, where visitors can observe a significant business modeling activity.