onePULSE Foundation launches design competition for Pulse memorial


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The onePULSE Foundation is launching an international design competition for architects to create a national Pulse memorial and museum in honor of the 49 lives lost in the June 2016 shooting.

The design competition will be conducted in two stages, according to a news release from onePULSE Foundation. The winning team will be selected by a panel made up of onePULSE stakeholders, local leaders and architects.

The winning design will be announced in October.

"Our Task Force and Board of Trustees have been charged with asking and answering the difficult question of how to honor the lives taken and support the survivors, while ensuring this story is told with accuracy, historical context and educational intention," says onePULSE Foundation executive director Barbara Poma. "We hold the sacred responsibility to create a special place that will tell this story long after we are gone."

The 30,000-square foot memorial and museum is expected to open sometime in 2022 and will include public gathering and community spaces. It'll be located on the site of the Pulse nightclub and nearby properties, and the onePULSE Foundation says it will be free and open to the public year-round, regardless of the time or day.

Included in the stipulations for potential designers: The national Pulse memorial and museum must include a pedestrian pathway, or a "Survivor's Walk," that will trace the three-block journey victims were forced to take on their way to the Orlando Regional Medical Center after escaping the gunman.

"Understanding the context, beauty and historical significance of the response to the horrific terrorist attack on Pulse is the essence of what we seek to memorialize, teach and inspire," says onePULSE Foundation Board Chair Earl Crittenden.

For more information about the design competition, visit onePULSE's website.

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