T+L Design Awards 2013
Paul Warchol - Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
Best Public Space
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, New York City
Designed by Louis I. Kahn, with Architect of Record, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects
Freedom of speech and expression, freedom of religion, freedom from poverty, and freedom from fear—Franklin D. Roosevelt’s noble aspirations for all of mankind, articulated in a 1941 speech, are given forceful gravity in architect Louis Kahn’s memorial. Designed in the early 1970’s but shelved after Kahn’s death in 1974 and the city’s fiscal crises of that decade, the project is all the more powerful for having survived. Granite promenades and allées of linden trees lead visitors to the very southern tip of Roosevelt Island, to a bust of the president and views of the East River and the New York City skyline. fdrfourfreedomspark.org.