Cold War Veterans Memorial,Wisconsin, US Wall of Resistance, Collaborative Architecture Design

Cold War Veterans Memorial, Wisconsin

October 21, 2021

Architects: Collaborative Architecture, India

Address: Wisconsin, United States of america

The Wall of Resistance

Cold War Veterans Memorial, Wisconsin, USA

Design Research and International Competitions-3

The Wall of Resistance – Cold War Veterans Memorial, Wisconsin

The following is Collaborative Architecture’s proposal for the Cold War Veterans Memorial International Competition, by Pritzker Foundation. Even though the project could not make it to the shortlist; the design studio reckon the entry as a significant work in the studio’s oeuvre, as the proposal successfully translates a difficult & abstract idea into an absorbing experiential architecture.

Cold War Veterans Memorial Wisconsin, USA

The Dog Tags populate the Wall of Resistance seen with destabilized Iron Wall

The memorial encapsulates, layered and often contradicting complexities of the Cold War, through a series of immersive visitor experiences. The proposal explores Walls, as a metaphor for divided ideologies. The Berlin wall remains the most paradigmatic example of the conflict infrastructure of the Cold War era. It’s manifestation as a symbol of anti-democratic and repressive governance is prominently depicted.  In that sense, the archetypal element is pushed into the political space, deforming / distorting its perception, scale and associative meanings.

Cold War Veterans Memorial Wisconsin, USA

Zone of ConflictReplica of the Watch Tower and sections of theBerlin Wall 

The visitors are engaged with experiential spaces, artifacts related to and reminiscent of the era that draws light into the cultural, economic and technological impact the Cold War had, and continues to have on American lives. These are depicted as timelines on the walls and through digital interfaces, accessed by the visitors via their devices.

Site Plan:
Cold War Veterans Memorial Wisconsin, USA

Two curved walls, 9m in height, represent the bi-polar world, driven by two economic and social systems, which take diametrically opposite premises. The socialist premise is represented by an impervious steel wall. (The references are the Iron Curtain and for most socialist economies, steel production was seen as the idea of self-reliance /economic index). Punctured exposed concrete forms the other.

Two straight walls, 12m in height cut across these intertwining curved walls, represent the competing political ideologies. The Iron Curtain is depicted to become unstable, after violently intersecting a more stable world order. The concrete wall is depicted as the Wall of Resistance / Memory, commemorating the service and sacrifice of the veterans. Dog tags of the military personnel, who served and lost their lives, populate the wall.

Cold War Veterans Memorial, Wisconsin design

Zone of Triumph– Showcases the technological and economical leap by the US

The Memorial is dived into two zones; the visitors enter the Zone of Conflict, which takes them through some of the most tumults years of proxy wars and near nuclear annihilation. There are zones meant to honour the Wisconsin regiment and celebrates its central role as the force of resistance. The visitors enter the Zone of Triumph, after passing through dedicated area for the Wisconsin Regiment.

The Wall of Resistance Cold War Veterans Memorial, Wisconsin, USA

This zone depicts the accomplishments of Cold War in the economic, technological and cultural realms. This area also features an abandoned Fallout Shelter; a reminder of how close the world had come to a catastrophic nuclear conflict.

The Wall of Resistance Cold War Veterans Memorial, Wisconsin

Collaborative Architecture

Collaborative Architecture is going global with their first international studio based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Cold War Veterans Memorial Wisconsin, USA images / information received 211021 from Collaborative Architecture

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