During the ceremony held at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, many gathered to celebrate the installation of two Lummi Nation healing totem poles, "Liberty" and "Freedom." These totem poles were designed to commemorate the tragic event on September 11th, 2001 and to ultimately provide a living memorial to mourn and heal the losses of that day. ºlai's involvement with this special project helped bring the poles to several locations in DC: the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Kingman Island and the Congressional Cemetery -- all of which the firm has previously led in the landscape design process. View the ceremony program here.
The American Society of Landscape Architecture’s national magazine featured Lee and Associates’ award winning landscape design for Korean Embassy Residence in the Design section of Landscape Architecture's July 2004 issue. The issue features an interview with Jeff Lee describing the personal connection he has with this project and the discovery of the site ’s hidden past. Read more about it here.
WASHINGTON (January, 2004) – Lee and Associates have begun work on a local memorial tree grove initiative planned to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. The Kingman Island 9/11 Memorial Grove will be the centerpiece of a total of nine memorial groves to be created in the District of Columbia, partially funded by the U.S. Forest Service’s Living Memorials Project. The project is being implemented by a coalition led by Green Spaces for DC, a local non-profit that works in partnership with the District’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
ºlai partnered with New York City’s Dirtworks to develop the winning concept, which was chosen following a multi-part competition that culminated in a public presentation of the top three designs. The jury included family members of September 11 victims, community representatives, landscape designers, planners and park managers.
This news article, written in Korean, details information about the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. In remembrance of the tragedy, the U.S. Department of Defense decided to build a memorial park, with a projected cost of approximately 30 million USD. The article cites Principal Jeff Lee, a Korean-American architect, who is leading the construction of the memorial. He is working on this project to convey the message that nature heals itself through time, and hopes to provide comfort to the victims and their families during their visit to the park. View the article here.