Architects Honor Vietnam Memorial

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Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington has been chosen by the American Institute of Architects to receive its 2007 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award. The accolade honors architectural design that has stood the test of time for 25 years. “The memorial speaks to the power of design and resonates with all of us,” said Richard Logan, the chairman of the association’s 2007 Architecture Jury. “It creates a magical moment of the living and the dead touching, and it is still as potent as the first time you saw it.” The two-acre memorial on the National Mall was dedicated on Nov. 13, 1982, after having been chosen from among 1,421 entries in a public design competition held by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Its principal feature is its highly reflective black-granite V-shaped Memorial Wall, inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 men and woman who died or were classified as missing in action

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