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Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
Hello,

I am pursuing my master's thesis (landscape architecture) in "Commemortaive symbolism: An interpretation through memorial design".

By tracing the habit of commemoration through human history, this thesis attempts to understand the connection between symbolism and principles of design(more specifically through landscape design) and also their expression in terms of natural, physical and visual culmination. The ultimate objective would be to demonstrate these principles through a design in the Indian context.

As part of the research for this, I am supposed to understand the history and idea of commemoration in the past 20 years.

The idea is to understand the following

-WHY?
-HOW?
-WHAT?
-WHEN? commemoration

Your suggestions are very valuable in this regard and I am looking forward to immediate responses.
Monika Pillai
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Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
The memorial design depends on the nations' deep affiliation with their heroes. The architect must know why the people like them? How they take rooms in the nations' history? What did they do for the nation? When do they need to recommemorate in the nations' collective minds? After careful thought, you will be able to create a master piece of architecture of memorial design.
Alamzeb Akhund
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
Thank you Alamzeb.

I am in fact trying to understand a more deeper meaning within the idea of memorials. What could be the reason for the whole idea of commemoration to have occured to the human mind, because as time progresses the patterns of commemoration, the expressions have changed, yet the basic fact remains unshaken and that is that a memorial is "to remember and to recognize"...

Also, what do you feel about the different types of memorials? How are memorials different from tombs or cemeteries?
Monika Pillai
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
Hello monika,

I suggest to make your symbol more public to present your culture. Maybe, if you study the cycle of the human from the sand to the sand, or something like that, it could be nice...
Ibrahim Karsou
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
erratum

i would like to bring to the attention of everyone that i am supposed to understand the history and idea of commemoration in the past 2000 years of human history and not 20 years..

please see that your suggestions and advices take this matter into consideration

Monika Pilla
Monika Pillai
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
Hello Ibrahim,

Could you elaborate a little on your phrase "sand to sand"?

Also, I would like to mention here that I too am planning to propose a memorial to the masses in context to the culture of my country, at the same time I have this question in my mind: Are memorials only for the dead? Can a memorial be erected for recognizing something more cognitive, maybe symbolising the cultural ambitions or even the disparities?
Monika Pillai
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
What I'm saying about the life cycle (from soil to soil): All religions say that a human was created from soil and he will return to it at last. (It was an idea to begin at.)

About the people... Whether it's a memorial for a dead person or a person still alive, I don't think the symbol must be for a specific people... It would be stronger if it's for all religions and cultures, especially for India, which is almost continental...
Ibrahim Karsou
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
What do you think is the earliest memorial?

Is there a clear line of distinction between a memorial and a monument?
Monika Pillai
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
Very interesting. A memorial serves to remind about the person/event and to glorify the past from the perspective of the present, while a monument is a magnificent building with history. A memorial has pre-concieved thought whereas a monument outperforms the timecapsule. A memorial has a proposal, a monument is disposed. Architectural expression in both get reflected, in the memorial by virtue of the proposal, whereas in a monument by virtue of history. Good exploration.
Dushyant Nathwani
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
thank you Ar. Nathwani. your thoughts and distnction between the memorial and a monument was very valuable for me in my study.
the present aprt of my thesis am trying to understand commemorative landscapes in an urban setting. any suggestions regarding the examples i could look at to do an appraisal, i.e. memorial landscape which is part of a large urban setting
Monika Pillai
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
In the US, Washington DC has many examples , some termed memorials, some monuments. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the recently opened World War II memorial are just some of them. An interesting example is the memorial in Oklahoma City which commemorates the tragedy of the bombing of the Edward P. Murrah building. That website is http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/
memo.htm , if you would like to read about it and see photographs. Your question on how memorials compare with tombs or cemetaries makes me consider the Egyptian pyramids, which must be both monuments and tombs. Generally, I believe visitors to cemetaries go to commune in some way with deceased loved ones. Visitors to memorials go for a sense of historical, cultural reflection. Good luck with this interesting thesis topic.
Margaret Waring
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
Hi Monika,
I am doing a research about" Memorial Landscape: between concept and context". It will be really great if we can exchange ideas, resources, and references.
Good luck
Omar Mohammad
Memorial design - the concept of commemoration
You know as designers, we always evaluate landscape value as part of the context as a whole. Is there any contradiction between the conceptual basis of the commemorative landscape and the contextual harmony of its context?
Omar Mohammad
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