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Forever One Memorial

Awards Category

Unbuilt Architecture

Project Summary

On October 1, 2017, one of Nation’s most destructive mass shooting occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, which has become known as the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, took the lives of 58 people in the immediate aftermath. More than 800 were injured. In August 2022, Clark County issued a request for proposals to create a permanent memorial on the site of the Festival grounds. The County sought to create a memorial to remember the 58 and those who succumbed to their injuries thereafter; to honor survivors and the many heroes who inspired the nation with their bravery; to celebrate the collective resiliency and compassion of the community; to provide an experience designed to bring healing, peace, community, strength, unity, love and comfort while educating about the events and impacts of 1 October 2017. The submitting firm was shortlisted (along with 4 other firms) to undertake design. The team worked with designated representatives and stakeholders, including survivors, families, first responders and community advocates. Endeavoring to translate the stories, insights, needs and aspirations into form and experiences, the process resulted in design of the “Forever One Memorial” and was inspired by the concept of infinite memory and everlasting love.

Project Narrative

The initial discovery process involved several listening sessions with small groups made up of families of the 58, survivors, emergency responders and engaged community members. The team gathered valuable insights on the needs and aspirations surrounding the Memorial. This information directly influenced the form and experiential qualities of the proposal. The Memorial has been designed as a holistic journey that incorporates a variety of significant touchpoints, accommodates multiple narratives, and engages a range of audiences. It can be at once a transformative pilgrimage, a place of reflection and remembrance, a thought-provoking storytelling pathway, or a place of gathering and even celebration. The Site. The 2-acre site is located at the corner of E. Reno Avenue and Giles Street. The parcel includes part, but not all, of the site impacted by the events of October 1 and is part of the urban fabric of the Las Vegas Strip. Plan. The Memorial design weaves together many experiences and concepts along a pathway which wraps in and around itself. When viewed from above, the memorial will be seen as an infinity symbol, suggesting a state that extends beyond the confines of time and space, representing everlasting love and eternal memory. The shape will become imprinted into the earth through an expression of light that will be seen from above, including by visitors coming into Harry Reid International Airport. Entry. Visitors will enter the site from Reno Ave, along the north/northeast edges of the site, and will have the opportunity to move into the large Community Plaza or travel along the Pathway leading to the Surround. Pathway. As visitors enter, they will encounter the Rammed Earth Wall, one of the Memorial’s most important and symbolic features. The concept of the site being sacred ground was a significant theme heard in the listening sessions. To express deep reverence for this place, excavated soils will be repurposed to become part of the Memorial. Here, the pathway gently slopes down as the wall extends above. Positioned along the western and southern edges, the Walls are at once symbolic and a device to shield visitors from views of Mandalay Bay. The Remembrance Ring. The Remembrance Ring is a 58' diameter space that will honor each of the 58 victims who lost their lives; 58 vertical, triangular elements are spaced at every 58" on center. These vertical elements - called the 58 Candles – are in recognition of the candlelight vigils that occurred after the shooting. Point of Inflection – The Surround and Tower of Light. A 58’ tall landmark rises where the Memorial’s pathways cross. Two interlocking spirals of colored glass panels rotate, rising upward, can be seen around the site and experienced from below. Underneath, accessible from the path, is the Surround, a 1,600 sf. interior multi-media space that forms a physical and emotional transition point between the northern and southern elements of the Memorial. Community Plaza. Offering a lively and uplifting place to gather and heal, this open-air space will accommodate a range of activities and events.

Sustainable Design & Materials

The team has taken a holistic approach to incorporating green/sustainable principles: - Integration of durable materials that can withstand the desert sun and harsh outdoor conditions will help to minimize the need for replacement or repair. - Incorporating excavated site material into rammed earth walls. This feature is an important symbolic element that will also help to minimize building materials that need to be brought into the site. - Holistic approach to landscape design will incorporate a variety of drought-tolerant plant species adapted for the extreme desert climate. Incorporating native species will help to create a natural fit within the valley desert landscape and help to will minimize water use and supplemental irrigation. - Primary paving materials will be light-colored surfaces that reflect solar radiation, reduce heat island effect, and lower the ambient air temperature within the public circulation zones. - Incorporation of PV panels on the support building, predicted to offset 20% of anticipated energy consumption. - Distinct shaded areas strategically incorporated as refuge areas from direct sunlight. Heavily shaded areas have been integrated into The Surround and Angel Wall cloister, spaces where visitors are likely to gather and linger.

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Project Location

E Reno Ave & Giles St, Paradise, NV 89119, USA

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