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MEMORIAL DESIGN IS IN PROCESS.
The Allen County Veterans Memorial Foundation has signed a contract with LSG Landscape Architecture of Tysons, Virginia ( http://lsginc.com/ ) to design the Allen County War Memorial based on design criteria we provided to them. The lead architect on this project, Mr. David Norden, received his Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech. His Masters Thesis topic was "War Memorial Design"
LSG Landscape Architecture is a world renowned company whose projects include the new Mississippi State Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
We hope to have the initial design phase completed next spring.
We believe their design philosophy, experience, especially in "place making" and Memorial Design, capabilities of their designers, standing/reputation among their peers and the world at large as well as past and current projects in several venues and fields of expertise make them uniquely qualified to "Make A Place and a Memorial" for the type of memorial we want to build.
We have been communicating with a member of this firm for the past 5 years who has provided us with substantial help in planning and organizing this project with no expectancy that they would be hired to do the design work. The individual that provided this help is a Godly Christian man whose main purpose in helping us was simply to see the project successful. His insights have been invaluable. We were first drawn to him via a search where we found his Masters Thesis. A couple excerpts from it are included below.
"Many war memorials today face loss of relevant meaning to the members of their community over time, an inability to adapt to evolving historical perspectives, and a lack of ability to engage visitors in a deep and authentic way of creating meaning and understanding. New war memorials should provide opportunities for visitors to engage with them in an active, conscious, and dynamic relationship with the built site. Encouraging such a connection facilitates deep and authentic meaning making that continues beyond the site visit, and that allows the memorial’s form to evolve over time in response to visitor interaction. The constructivist model for war memorial design incorporates ten strategies, and the Active Physical Interaction strategy in particular, that allow designers to create places that encourage visitors to have personalized interaction. These strategies are built on the constructivist philosophy that explains how individuals and groups of people understand the non-objective world through experience."
Introduction to David Nordens Masters Thesis position.
Modern war memorials are markers of memory and history within our cultural landscape. They are a type of place that embrace meanings in their design to remind and foster understanding among members of a community that they represent. My position in this document is that war memorial designers should implement constructivist-based design strategies, and specifically elements supporting ‘active physical interaction.’ These strategies will be used to create places that facilitate visitors taking an active and personal role in their making of meaning. This facilitation is through a dynamic relationship unique between each user and the site but also within a range of expected messages provided by the designer and the clients he represents. Elements in a design characteristic of active physical interaction are based largely in constructivist philosophy and its application in educational pedagogy. Constructivist epistemology explains how people create knowledge and meaning in their world. The purpose of the construtivist connection is a direct one. If this theory of knowing the ‘world’ and creating knowledge is accepted, and it is accepted that memorials are intentional and important features of human identity, then the constructivist pedagogy can be applied in significant ways by a memorial designer to better facilitate the connection of meanings with the visitor.
Above all, landscape architecture is a social construct. Whether the aesthetic vision is shaped by the dictates of urbanity or driven by a more pastoral imperative, the result should be informed and elevated by something larger. Our expertise includes master planning, site design, environmental assessments, and landscape architecture. Our portfolio includes projects throughout the Eastern Seaboard, China, and India. LSG Landscape Architecture believes in place making that is smart, sustainable, creative, and transformational. Our design approach embraces the notion that we can say something new while maintaining a dialogue with the past. Whether we are seeking to enliven, guide, heal, educate, or inspire, our goal is to create an engaging sense of place in which to live, work and play. ( Taken From LSGINC.COM - Philosophy )
Newton, Mississippi Taken from LSGINC.COM
As part of an architect-led team, LSG provided cemetery master planning and design services for this new project, which is situated on a 76-acre site donated to the State Veteran’s Board by Mississippi State University.
LSG sited traditional veterans cemetery elements including an avenue of flags, an assembly area, burial areas, a committal service shelter, carillon tower, memorial walk, administration building, landscape plantings, maintenance building, roadways, and parking. The project’s recently opened first phase comprises 22 acres of the southern portion of the site with direct access to US Route 80, and includes all operational buildings and one committal service shelter.
The completed grounds will support 3,300 interment spaces, which will provide adequate burial space for the region for at least 10 years. The plan is the first of its type in Mississippi and is funded through the Department
Monument dedicated in Harrod : Click here for full article.
We remember; Larry Allan Gracely, John Alan Sauvey, Edward Phillip Hess, James Edward Dykes III
By J Swygart
HARROD, OHIO — Aug 12, 2017
Flags were lowered to half staff at Memorial Park in Harrod on Saturday August 12 at the start of dedication ceremonies honoring four Ohio sailors — including one from Lima — who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans in a 1969 accident.