SWA’s Sandy Hook memorial, designed by Ben Waldo and Dan Affleck, opens in Connecticut

On November 12, the permanent memorial to the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting opened in Newtown, Connecticut. Titled The Clearing and designed by SWA, the landscape project honors the 20 children and six educators murdered in the tragic mass shooting that took place on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The design was selected from a pool of 189 international proposals submitted through a public competition, and construction began last year.

“Yesterday we had kind of a steady stream of people from the public; today it’s a little bit quieter,” Ben Waldo remarked during a press visit. Waldo and his colleague

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