AIDS Memorial Park Contest Winner Snubbed by Developer

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Yesterday, the AIDS Memorial Park Campaign chose Brooklyn-based Studio a+i as the winner of its design competition for the AIDS memorial park on the old site of the St. Vincent's Hospital. But now, the developer in charge of actually building the park says that they will ignore the results of the contest and move forward with their own design, by landscape architect Rick Parisi.

Rudin Management's CEO and vice chairman Bill Rudin said in a statement to DNAinfo:

"We stand ready to continue our work with all stakeholders to determine how best to realize these memorial elements as part of the approved park design in a timely manner."

Rudin Management already won public approval from the City Planning Commission for its plan, and the results of the contest were never binding.

The winning design from Studio a+i would have featured a high-concept "infinite garden," a park bound by three mirrored walls, creating the illusion of a forest in the middle of New York City. Parisi's plan is much more generic, calling for some 600 seats amid mixed plantings.

Studio a+i released a statement that they were honored to have been selected as the winner of the contest. However, it appears New York will have to wait for its forest-within-a-city.

[keyana.stevens@keyanastevens]

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