memorial - Courtesy - January 26 2011
The winning submission for the Holocaust memorial. Photo by Courtesy
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A Holocaust memorial design created by two graduate students at Columbia University's architecture school has beaten out an Israeli design to become the winner of a competition for a memorial that will go up on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

"Fractured Landscapes," which was chosen from between the two finalists last month, is a "fractured landscape and a river of light" that "stitch together disjointed surfaces, expressing our hopes for peace," according to the text of the submission.

James Young, a University of Massachusetts professor of Judaic studies who has curated a museum exhibition on Holocaust memorials in history and was one of the judges on the panel, said the winning design resembles a broken section of the boardwalk in the New Jersey city that is perhaps best known for its casinos.

"It reflects something broken in all of us," Young was quoted as saying shortly after the December 2 vote. "It's subtle and powerful at the same time. It takes you off the boardwalk and leaves you on the boardwalk."

Patrick Lausell and Paola Marquez's design was one of 700 projects submitted from around the world.

The second-prize winner was "Fields of Memory," an urban garden of light stalks that sway with the wind. It was proposed by the Jerusalem-based architectural firm SAYA.