Oculus - Spring 2014 - (Page 34)

©studio a+i feature How to Remember a Plague Two New Yorkers form a coalition of individuals and organizations to memorialize the city's AIDS crisis with a special place for remembrance, reflection, and education B Y R I C H ARD S TA U B ortality statistics for the early days of the AIDS epidemic are sobering. Prior to 1981 there were 49 diagnoses of AIDS and 15 deaths in New York City. But with no effective treatment for the disease, the number of diagnoses and deaths rose to a 1994 peak of 11,598 new cases and 7,725 deaths, or 21 deaths per day. The majority of them were gay men. The response by the gay community and its friends was forceful. The epicenter for AIDS care was St. Vincent's Hospital, New York's third oldest hospital, located in Manhattan's West Village and near Chelsea, both areas with large gay male populations. In Chelsea, a group of gay men founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis in 1982 to provide crisis counseling, legal aid, and social work for people with AIDS. Approximately a block away from St. M 34 Oculus Spring 2014 Vincent's at the LGBT Community Center, the activist group ACT-UP formed in 1986 to challenge the slow response of drug manufacturers and local and national governments to the crisis. Other AIDS-focused groups, such as Housing Works and AMFAR, emerged as well. Fast forward to 2010. While there was still no cure for AIDS, a variety of treatment options meant that the disease was no longer a certain death sentence. In a controversial move, St. Vincent's was declaring bankruptcy, with luxury housing, designed by FXFOWLE, being planned for the site by Rudin Management Company. Christopher Tepper, a 29-year-old urban planner, having read Randy Shilts's seminal history of the AIDS crisis, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, began talking with fellow urban (above and opposite page) The New York City AIDS Memorial by night and by day. CLIENT: New York City AIDS Memorial ARCHITECT: studio a+i DESIGN TEAM: Mateo Paiva, RA, Lily Lim, RA, Esteban Erlich, RA STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Robert Silman Associates 2x4 GRAPHIC DESIGN: LIGHTING DESIGN: Fisher Marantz Stone WATER FEATURE: Delta Fountain ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Jaros, Baum & Bolles CIVIL & PLUMBING ENGINEER: Langan COST ESTIMATING: RENDERINGS : Ellana a2t Civic Spirit: Civic Visions

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2014

Letter From the President
Letter From the Editor
Center for Architecture
Some Blocks Over
Opener: Open to the Public: Civic Space Now
The Search for the Soul of Cities
A Different Tale of Two Cities
Public Space Reasserts Its Political Role
Gatherings of One
Time to Welcome Woonerfs
Redesigning the Crossroads of the World
A Magical Place on the Water
How to Remember a Plague
Sustainable Models for a Just City
In Print
50-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

Oculus - Spring 2014

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