Client: US World War One Centennial Commission
Location: Washington, D.C.
Status: conceptual design complete
Size: 1.8 Acres
Team: FORGE, Joe Weishaar, Sabin Howard, GWWO Architects
FORGE Landscape Architecture served as the consulting landscape architect through concept design for the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. In January 2016, FORGE was selected as part of the winning multidisciplinary team for the WWI Memorial together with designer Joe Weishaar, sculptor Sabin Howard, and GWWO Architects. The competition scheme proposed by Joe Weishaar and Sabin Howard required iterative and extensive redevelopment to resolve preservation concerns and to sensitively fit the memorial within the existing historic park. Pershing Park was designed in 1979-80 by M. Paul Friedberg with planting re-designed by Oehme van Sweden in 1981. A significant work of modernist landscape architecture, the park was determined eligible for listing on the historic register in July 2016. FORGE worked with Joe Weishaar as co-designer of a new proposal for the memorial, which retains the main commemorative sculptural work originally proposed in the competition scheme, but seeks to integrate this element through strategic and minimal adaptation of the existing park. FORGE led the design team in the analysis of the M. Paul Friedberg and Oehme van Sweden designs, analysis of existing conditions, and stormwater and planting design strategies. FORGE developed the conceptual design to integrate commemorative elements through an iterative process that tested the balance between preservation and commemoration. The resulting “Restored Pool Concept” was awarded concept approval from the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission in early summer 2017.