Posts Tagged ‘temporary urbanism’

Will This Restaurant Pavilion Thing at St. Elizabeths Actually Work?

Yesterday, the District announced with much fanfare a request for proposals to design and build some sort of structure on the East Campus of St. Elizabeths that, theoretically, will house lots of little restaurants come this time next year. Think Boston's Faneuil Hall, San Francisco's Ferry Building, or hey, the reborn Union Market. It's gonna [...]

Temporary is the New Permanent

Two weekends ago, something happened in Anacostia that nobody could remember in recent memory: The streets were full of people. White people. On a Saturday.
They came on bicycles and parked at a bike valet, gallery hopped along Good Hope Road SE, browsed vintage clothing, lined up at food trucks, smoked cigarettes while listening to jazz [...]

To Fix Awful Federal Triangle, Feds Go Temporary

One of D.C.'s more godforsaken public spaces.

The construction of Federal Triangle—that monolithic block of offices between Pennsylvania and Constitution on either side of 12th Street NW—didn't do much for downtown public space. This was an era when America was still trying to assert its dominance in the world, after all, through mimicking the imperial aesthetic [...]

Skyland May Get Active Before Getting Built

Temporary Urbanism is all the rage these days for languishing developments, but interim uses haven't made their way east of the river in the same way as Rosslyn or Georgia Avenue or the waterfront. That may finally change soon, as the Office of Planning is looking at ways to activate the giant parking lot and [...]