Welcome to the Polynational War Memorial, a proposal for a war memorial for all wars since World War II, which will include the names of more than 10 million killed soldiers and civilians. This website presents the project in detail. New sections have recently been added to the site.
The design proposal for a polynational war memorial, which is currently being created, will serve as a prototype for the future building complex. This section outlines the program of the war memorial and its institutions and is updated as the project evolves.
A new section - Presentations - has been added to this website. This section includes information about the public presentations of the project, such as exhibitions and lectures. You can now preview the video that explains the program of the Interfaith Centre that was designed by Testbedstudio.
There will be plenty of work for the Polynational War Memorial project in 2013. After a couple of years low-intensity work due to a series of other commitments the project will intensify its efforts to move forward with the ongoing design projects and the research into the memorials and conflicts of this world. You should, in other words, expect to hear more about the project in 2013 and I wish you all a Happy New Year!
In my country of residency, Sweden, there has recently been a heated debate about the less flattering ways, to put it mildly, in which some internet users use commenting functions on blogs and social media to mock, threathen or spew hate over their antagonists. So it’s with a bit of hesitation that I’ve decided to upgrade the commenting system on this site to include all news and memorial articles. I must however compliment basically everyone that has commented here over the years for your respectful tone. I must admit that I was expecting a lot of confrontation in the comment threads when I launched the site but much to my surprise there have been zero to none and rarely have I been forced to remove comments that expressed hate or disregard for others.
This is the full interview with Peter Tonkin of TZG Architects in Sydney that was made in 2003. Peter Tonkin has designed several war memorials, sometimes in collaboration with artists, for example the Memorial to the Australian Forces in the Vietnam War, in Canberra, and the Memorial to the Australian Forces in WWI and WWII, in London. In this video he´s talking about those and other projects, about utopianism in architecture and war memorials in general. Camera: Karin Willén. Interviewer: Jon Brunberg
You can now view an excerpt from the video "Polynational War Memorial, Part 3: the Interfaith Centre". The Quicktime player is needed to view the video. The video explains the program of the Interfaith Centre that was designed by Testbedstudio. Soundtrack by Fred Saboonchi and voice by Lisette Merenciana.