No a single moment did more to define the 20th century than the dropping of the atom bomb. It was a culmination of centuries of scientific research, an event that touched off the Cold War, and a divisive technology that fueled a generation’s perpetual fear and profound optimism. Given all this, news of a ‘Manhattan Project National Park,’ recently approved by Congress, presents a wholly unique opportunity. What story will curators and architects tell when constructing such a national park? With almost seventy years of perspective, are there new and nuanced ways to view the science, ideas, and people that shaped that critical event? Read on to find out.
Top Image: The Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park designed by Kenzo Tange. Image by Wiiii/Wikipedia.