Community Board Approves Latest Design For NYC AIDS Memorial

Thursday night, Manhattan Community Board 2 voted to support the design for the future NYC AIDS Memorial, crafted by Brooklyn architectural firm studio a+i.

It’s an updated and refined version of the company’s initial “Infinite Forest” design, which originally called for a fenced-in grove with mirrors (see below). Now the memorial is a more modest 1,600-square-foot arrowhead shape to be situated, appropriately, across from St. Vincent’s Hospital in the West Village, where many of the first AIDS cases were reported.

The next step is for the memorial must be approved by the Department of City Planning and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

What do you think? Is the new design an improvement on the original plan? Would you come up with something completely different? Break ground in the comments section.