Land-markings: 12 Journeys through 9/11 Living Memorials
NRS-INF-1-06. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 49 p.
Living memorials are spaces created, used, or reappropriated by people as they employ the landscape to memorialize individuals, places, and events. Ranging from single tree plantings, to the creation of new parks, to the rededication of existing forests, hundreds of groups across the country created a vast network of sites that continues to grow. "Land-markings: 12 Journeys through 9/11 Living Memorials" is a multimedia exhibition that compresses four years of research data and analysis on over 700 living memorials into 12 digitally authored journeys. Social science researchers, urban ecologists, designers, and architects collaborated in order to collect, analyze, and present this dispersed collective response to the tragedy of September 11, 2001. As a result, this interpretation presents memorials not only as mechanisms by which we mark events and individuals, but also interprets the function and spatial location of these remembrances, treating them as emergent forms that outline how we interact with our public landscapes.
Keywordshealing landscapes, public space, community forestry, stewardship, collective memory, 9-11
Svendsen, Erika S.; Campbell, Lindsay K. 2006. Land-markings: 12 Journeys through 9/11 Living Memorials. NRS-INF-1-06. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 49 p.