Posts Tagged ‘national capital planning commission’

Choose Your Own Adventure: Presidents Park South Edition

Three months ago, the National Capital Planning Commission announced a design competition for Presidents Park South—and they're not messing around. At what qualifies as warp speed for the federal government, they've winnowed 23 would-be design firms down to five submissions, and this week are putting them on display for the public. To NCPC's great credit, [...]

NCPC Grumbles About Burnham Place, But May Be All Bark

It's time for the National Capital Planning Commission to weigh in on a new zoning district for the air over the Union Station railroad tracks, and in its staff recommendation, the federal body found that the proposed heights of the new buildings would threaten the city's "horizontal character"–but stopped short of outright condemning the measure [...]

Feds Finally Fixing President’s Park South

After September 11, lots of things changed in D.C.'s public space: Bollards went up, streets closed, and federal buildings in general became more difficult to get around. They often became downright ugly, too, with chain link fences and concrete hulks channeling people out of newly secure areas.
Such was the case with the area just south [...]

Chat with the NCPC Here Next Wednesday!

As much as we sometimes hate on the National Capital Planning Commission in this space, they've lately embarked on a laudable transparency initiative, posting all sorts of documents online and reaching out to start conversations about the issues they deal with. To that end, next Wednesday we'll be having one of those online chats here [...]

Prospects Not Looking Good for Eisenhower “Tapestries”

Oh Frank Gehry, can't you make anyone in D.C. happy?
In designing the Eisenhower Memorial planned for the anonymous plot of land southeast of the Museum of the American Indian, Gehry has proposed three alternatives: One with a circle of columns and blocks cut through by Maryland Avenue, a similar design that diverts traffic around it [...]

Should We Care About Views of Union Station?

In today's Post, Jonathan O'Connell sums up the squabble between Akridge and preservation groups over the definition of "sidewalk": That is, from where the developer should be able to measure the 130 feet prescribed by the federal Height Act for its Burnham Place project over the tracks leading into Union Station. Akridge–with the Office of [...]

The Builder: Ginnie Cooper’s blitz of glitzy libraries was pricey—but worth it.

D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper’s office, on the fourth floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, is in some ways a reminder of failure: It’s too big, and a set of fraying modernist chairs, original to the 1973 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building, have grown too delicate to sit on. Cooper, a [...]

Feds Resist Mixed-Use Development Near St. Elizabeths

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m. – At this morning's Council legislative meeting, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry took the NCPC's advice, voluntarily striking language from the Comprehensive Plan that would have encouraged mixed-use development on the west side of Martin Luther King Avenue. The amendment to the amendments states:
It is inconsistent with the plans approved by [...]

Building Around a Relic: The Shaw Urban Renewal Plan

Building most anything in the District requires many levels of review by commissions, councils, and boards, to comply with regulations imposed by overlays, Acts, and districts. In Shaw, there's even one more more hurdle to clear: The Shaw School Urban Renewal Plan, a document adopted by the National Capital Planning Commission and sanctified by HUD [...]

D.C. Courthouse Could Get More Transparent (Literally)

The backside of the Moultrie Courthouse, on C Street NW between 4th and 6th Street, is a pretty bleak view at the moment: Limestone walls with thin slits for windows. But the 1970s-era building that houses D.C.'s Family and Superior Courts is about to get some of the glass that's been sheeting buildings around the [...]