World War I Centennial Competition


Washington, DC



Mnemonic Field abstracts a war that has faded beyond living memory—a tragic, cautionary symbol. This World War I Memorial design competition entry proposes a crumpled sheet of stone across the site, its surface photo etched and milled with literature representative of the period, raised letterforms in places to prevent passage, incised letterforms in others to allow it. These discarded scraps form an artful experience of no man’s land. This surface rises gently, drawing the visitor into its disquiet field, its articulated edges tracing out the defining trenches that allow visitors to experienceMnemonic Field from both viewpoints.

Vertebrae & Jones, Partners: Architecture