Four Freedoms Park

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On the southern tip of Roosevelt Island sits Four Freedoms Park. The last work of architect Louis I. Kahn before his death in 1974, the project was completed just recently in 2012 by the park conservancy. Louis Kahn spoke eloquently and concisely about the ideas behind the project:

“I had this thought that a memorial should be a room and a garden. That’s all I had. Why did I want a room and a garden? I just chose it to be the point of departure. The garden is somehow a personal nature, a personal kind of control of nature, a gathering of nature. And the room was the beginning of architecture. I had this sense, you see, and the room wasn’t just architecture, but was an extension of self.”

— Louis Kahn, Excerpt from a lecture given at Pratt Institute.