“Memorial Garden? Is There a Type of Architect Who Does That?”

News today from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that architectural designer Rodney M. Cook Jr. has been chosen to head the project to build a memorial to Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their wives. The memorial will be close to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and take the shape of a “library in a garden.”

From the article:

The concept of a library in a garden stems in part from John Adams’ lifelong devotion to the writings of the Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero.

“Cicero’s great idea of heaven was a library in a garden,” Benjamin Adams said.

Although the foundation has not formally chosen a site, the memorial likely will be on Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House.

Cook’s main responsibility

“will be to coordinate a competition among architects to come up with a concept that carries out the foundation’s ideas….” The Dirt will keep you up to date on when the competition opens, because we certainly know what type of architect should win this competition!

2 thoughts on ““Memorial Garden? Is There a Type of Architect Who Does That?”

  1. Alfredo 11/23/2009 / 9:41 am

    A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.

  2. Lauren 12/10/2009 / 4:25 pm

    Wondering what to do with an empty wall. How are our walls decorated? One or two large pictures, drawings or paintings on one wall? Or rather a group of many smaller pictures and drawings next to and above each other?

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