UK Holocaust memorial – time for a rethink

The dream team, led by David Adjaye, chosen to design the proposed UK Holocaust memorial are at the mercy of a bad brief

Really, there should be no argument. Given the appalling news that one in 20 British adults don’t believe that the Holocaust happened, the proposed national memorial to this catastrophe is the least that could be done. There’s a case for putting it close to London’s Palace of Westminster, as is proposed, as a reminder to decision-makers of the future. The choice of designers of the memorial is also in principle fine – the architect David Adjaye, the designer Ron Arad and the landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman are all of them talented and respected.

But an argument there is. The overwhelming majority of public submissions to Westminster City Council, who must decide whether to grant planning permission, beg them to refuse. A cross-party group of Jewish peers wrote to the Times to object. And, indeed, in the three years since David Cameron announced his support for the project, its promoters have done little to allay reasoned objections.

Adjaye himself said that 'disrupting the pleasure of being in a park is key to the thinking' of the project

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