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Smriti Van Earthquake Memorial

Rebirth and Hope

Vastu Shilpa Consultants

On 26 January 2001, an earthquake devastated the Indian State of Gujarat, claiming the lives of 13,805 and causing widespread destruction in the space of just a few seconds. Earthquakes and other natural calamities like droughts and cyclones are not infrequent in this region, so a memorial to the victims of this catastrophe takes on an even wider significance. However varied in shape or size, a memorial is often a piece of monumental architecture, its tangible materiality “crystalizing” remembrance and compassion. A commemoration of those who perished that gives pause to the living, it is also a vehicle of reconciliation and recovery for the grieving. Although pursuing the same broad aim of “rebirth and hope”, key to any return to living after disaster, the Smriti Van Earthquake Memorial eschews the “monumental architecture” approach. The...

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