Roosevelt's Four Freedoms

In design, as in life, patience is a virtue. Plenty was required, to be sure, in the case of New York City’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Progress on the presidential memorial located on Roosevelt Island and named for FDR’s 1941 State of the Union address halted shortly after its architect, Louis Kahn, completed the design in 1974, at which time financial turmoil crippled the city. Only following an unexpected resurgence of interest some 30 years later did Kahn’s final work regain momentum.

“ I dream of a new age of curiosity. We have the technical means for it; the desire is there; the things to be known are infinite; the people who can employ themselves at this task exist. Why do we suffer? From too little: from channels that are too narrow, skimpy, quasi-monopolistic, insufficient. There is no point in adopting a quasi- protectionist attitude, to prevent 'bad' information from invading and suffocating the 'good'. Rather, we must simply multiply the paths and the possibilities of comings and goings."

Philosopher Michel Foucault