In recent years, imperative discussions over the significance of legacies, memories, and the meaning of public monuments and memorials are taking place throughout the world. While memories can differ, and historical facts can be emphasized (and/or obscured), many institutions, monuments, memorials and public spaces have become much more ‘visible’ than ever before. Politics and the political can evolve — hopefully towards a more just society — and marches, protests and actions against racism, violence and injustice continue to re-affirm that the democratic public space is indeed a space for assertion of political and cultural rights. This category asks students to creatively and critically consider novel approaches towards a new monumentality and the conception and creation of democratic public spaces for the twenty-first century. Students are invited to submit design proposals that will address a plurality of publics and generations, and that, as agents for culture and dialogue, can serve to question, illuminate and encourage new kinds of public engagement, aiming to make the world a better place.
The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one’s key to the experience of others.
— James Baldwin