By UNC Charlotte
A “constellation garden” that follows the orientation of the stars above the Kennedy Building on April 30, 2019, is the basis of the conceptual design of the UNC Memorial of Remembrance in Charlotte.
The memorial will honor and forever remember Riley Howell and Reed Parlier, who lost their lives, and honor Rami Alramadhan, Sean DeHart, Emily Houpt and Drew Pescaro, who suffered physical injuries, and all who were present in Kennedy 236.
Brook Muller, dean of the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte and chairman of the memorial jury, announced the permanent memorial’s decision on April 30 during this year’s virtual commemoration of Remembrance Day, two years after filming . The design, submitted by TEN x TEN Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, Hypersonic Collaborative and Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture, was selected from four finalists and a total of 36 submissions from renowned local and national design teams.
“All of the finalists’ designs were incredibly creative,” said Muller. “The presentation led by TEN X TEN Landscape Architecture and Town Planning was, however, moving and moving. Each element is active, engaging and strongly connected to the UNC Charlotte community. The representation of the stars, represented by lights that are activated when people touch the vaulted structure of the memorial; the adjacent gathering spaces which feature plants imbued with deep symbolism represent emotions such as pain, divine sacrifice, strength, hope, love and peace; and stone benches engraved with the names of Reed and Riley create an atmosphere of contemplation and reflection, with earthy textured elements that complement high-tech ones.