Peace Pentagon Competition:

A Call to Action

The Peace Pentagon was an iconic building, which served as the headquarters for a community of peace and justice organizations. In 2008, the building was in danger of being sold. The competition broadened the circle of concern by inviting a worldwide constituency to consider how the building could become more active in the community's work. 128 entries were submitted. An 80' lettering installation announced the exhibition of competition entries, "How Can a Building Mobilize for Peace and Justice?" The theme of re-connecting the Peace Pentagon with its neighborhood was expressed through a parade to Storefront for Art and Architecture for a launch party, interactive maps of NYC peace actions, a public presentation at the Center for Architecture, and an exhibition at the NYPL Mulberry St Branch, McNally Jackson Books, ABC No Rio, and Common Room. Funding was provided by the Fund For Creative Communities and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund.


Maureen Shea