a memorial for all wars: the Polynational War Memorial

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Valentina D´Efilippo launches an interactive dataviz based on data from the list of wars link

Update of the list of wars


September - November
a new master plan was created for the project. link

Comprehensive update of and attempt to standardize the list of wars. link


presentation at a Voc Pacis Seminar at the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Stockholm


Dec 8 - 22
Study trips to Berlin and London

Nov 5, 2009
Participant in a workshop at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Alnarp for a research project about memorials in urban environments. link

Oct 5 -19, 2009
Study trip to Damascus, Ramallah, Jerusalem and Betlehem with Art and Architecture at The Royal Art Academy in Stockholm.

Aug 18 - 26, 2009
Research trip to D-Day landing beaches in Normandy and Caen Mémorial.

April 4, 2009
Lecture about the project at KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm.


Oct 10, 2008
Lecture at Box Gallery in Göteborg.

May 18 - Oct 19, 2008
The first full scale test of the master plan is presented at the exhibition Loss/Förlust at Wanås. The show includes the video "The Polynational War Memorial, Part 3: the Interfaith Centre". more

Jan 15 - feb 15 2008
The first animated video "The Polynational War Memorial, Part 3: the Interfaith Centre" is exhibitied at the Clarion Hotel in stockholm, curated by CRAC and organised by node.stockholm.


May 2007
Sara Stiber and Andreas Karlsson present their exam work and bachelor thesis at Malmö University’s School of Art and Communication, in which they use the Polynational War Memorial as an example. Read more at  stiber.se and their research blog.

April 20, 2007
Lecture about the Polynational War Memorial at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

March 22, 2007
The fourth issue of articles is published on the website, including a long essay by Kieran Long and a report from the Dossin-Mechelen workshop.

March 13-18, 2007
Jon Brunberg was invited to lecture about the Polynational War Memorial and tutor a group of architect master students at the Dossin-Mechelen workshop in Mechelen-Belgium.


Dec 2006
The Dutch architecture magazine A10 publishes an article about project written by Claes Sörstedt.

August 2006
A commission is given to the group Raumlabor for the university/museum/conference complex, the Unimune.

January 2006
A commission is given to the group Servo for the main memorial.

September 2005
The design phase of a proposal for a polynational war memorial starts with a commission to the Swedish architect firm Testbedstudio for an Interfaith Centre.


May 5 - June 6, 2005
Visits Berlin to document the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and the opening of the Holocaust Memorial in central Berlin. A series of articles are published on the web site during this period.

January 15, 2005
The second issue of articles are published on the web site. The theme is commemoration events and efforts to establish civilian casualties regarding the war in Iraq and includes interviews with Ruth Boswell of the Stop the War Coalition in the UK, Mary Zerkel of the Eyes Wide Open exhibit and John Sloboda, initator of the Iraq Body Count project.


November 1, 2004
The first issue of articles are presented on the web site www.war-memorial.net. It includes interviews with Australian architect Peter Tonkin and Irish artist Hilary Gilligan.

May 2004
I receive a substantial stipend from the Swedish Art Grant Committee for the Polynational War Memorial project.

March 2004
I was invited to hold a one-week course at the School of Architecture in Stockholm with this project as a starting point. Students were assigned the task to create a proposal for a Polynational War Memorial which should address at least on of the issues regarding accessibility, differences of cultural expression or location. The proposals are presented briefly in the article "Drafts for a Multilateral War Memorial" on this site which also features a special presentation of participant Kristina Cedrins‘ proposal.


October 4 - 26, 2003
Solo exhibition at Gallery Hlemmur, Reykjavik. This solo exhibit featured an animation titled "101 Years", which shows all wars in the 20th century on 32 seconds. The animation was projected onto one of the walls in the largest room of the gallery. The animation was also shown at a one-day open studios event at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin on September 6, 2003. More information about these events can be found at www.brunberg.se.



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