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Old Posted Nov 29, 2012, 7:29 AM
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New York City AIDS Memorial Approved by Landmarks

November 28, 2012,
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After almost a year of occasionally hilarious debate about the future New York City AIDS Memorial at St. Vincent's Hospital Park, the agreed upon design from Studio a + i received no opposition from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, who approved the proposal unanimously yesterday afternoon. Studio a + i's Mateo Paiva presented the plans for the "quietly abstract memorial," which will consist of a triangular steel structure covered in vines with a water feature underneath, taking up a 1,600-square-foot triangle in the northwest corner of the park.
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What a depressing memorial.
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Yuck. A Vietnam Veterans Memorial or Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe this most certainly is not.
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I like how subtle this memorial is. This can just as easily be a nice, shaded public space as it can be a testament to those lost during the AIDS crises.
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Thank god it includes a sign saying what it is cause I sure wouldn't have any idea otherwise...
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It looks like a bus stop and nothing more.
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Geesh, so many negative comments. I for one like the design. Sure an AIDS memorial is a little off the beaten path, but it's nice to know people who've had lost family members and friends, will have a beautiful place to respect. Besides, who can argue against public spaces?
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I really like the design...as a shade element for a small park. And I am all for subtlety in memorials. But this is TOO subtle to be a memorial. To the point where its almost an insult to just slap AIDS on the side and call it a memorial to AIDS victims.

I think memorials should at least have the subject matter reflected in the design somehow. This looks like someone experimented with interesting patterns in canopy designs and then when the AIDS memorial project came to their desk they pulled this out of the filing cabinet and moved on to the next project.

Its nice, and fits well with the location. But it seems cheap to tack on that name to a bench and call it an AIDS memorial.
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I quite like it. And the St Vincents conversion into apartments across 7th Ave is flying along.
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Village AIDS Memorial Loses the Greenery, Raises Funding





Thursday, March 28, 2013, by Jessica Dailey

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After raising $1 million in funding, the New York City AIDS Memorial released updated renderings showing a triangular canopy that's much in line with what the Landmarks Preservation Commission hoped to see. The updated 18-foot tall structure, designed by the Brooklyn-based firm Studio a+1, keeps the same general shape and the water feature, but it is no longer covered with ivy and flowers. LPC had raised concerns about the upkeep of the greenery, as well as how much light it would block. Paving stones beneath the canopy will feature poetry and quotes about the city's response to the AIDS epidemic.





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new design sucks. I guess a crappy memorial for a crappy disease is fitting.
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Just the place I want to hang out at, an AIDs memorial. Don't know about you, but Id feel very uncomfortable there.
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a massive improvement over the substation or train ventilation or whatever structure that is there now: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=7th+A...133.7,,0,-8.55

a really welcome addition to a hood that can always use a little more park space
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wait - is this where the depressing former hospital oxygen tank garage or whatever the ef that eyesore is across from the village den diner is? in that case i like it. i like it a lot. tear that ugly useless block down asap!

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Just the place I want to hang out at, an AIDs memorial. Don't know about you, but Id feel very uncomfortable there.

The AIDS Memorial grove in San Francisco's golden gate park is one of the most beautiful public spaces I have ever visited.
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wait - is this where the depressing former hospital oxygen tank garage or whatever the ef that eyesore is across from the village den diner is? in that case i like it. i like it a lot. tear that ugly useless block down asap!
Yes. This will be a great improvement over what's there now.
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^ Yup. Nice to see they included the St. Vincent's condo conversion in the background, which has been U/C for months with no mention anywhere on here.
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Would make a really cool subway entrance. Just doesn't say "Aids Memorial" to me.
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What was the point of having the greenery in the first place? Whatever the reason made the memorial look hideous. This revision looks better.
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I really don't get how some zippy trade-show-esque pavilion is meant to memorialize the millions that have died and suffered from AIDS. There's nothing somber or reflective about the space. I'm embarrassed.
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