A run in East Potomac Park

The Federal Planning Agency for America's Capital

April 2010

Make No Little Plans
Burnham & the American City
Daniel Burnham 
Few individuals have had a greater
mpact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Burnham. Join NCPC, The Archimedia Workshop, and other sponsors for the Washington, DC premiere of a timely, intriguing story on the man who helped redesign the National Mall as we know it today. 
DC Premiere: June 9 at 8:30 pm
on the National Mall
Next Commission Meeting
 May 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm 
Tentative Agenda 
Now Playing
 at NCPC Cinema:

May 15, 8:30 am Community Clean-Up at Fort Mahon  
 Sponsored by the
U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
May 19, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
The National Building Museum
  Open Gov Logo  
NCPC seeks input to improve
 transparency and
encourage participation.
CapitalSpace Inititative Adopted  Leaves
At the April meeting, the Commission unanimously adopted the CapitalSpace plan following a joint presentation by staff of the NCPC, the National Park Service, and the DC Government. The initiative marks the first comprehensive study of the area's parks in over forty years.  Ideas and suggestions received during a 60 day public comment period helped shape the final report. 
CapitalSpace is organized into Six Big Ideas; Link the Fort Circle Parks, Improve Playfields, Enhance Center City Parks, Enhance Urban Natural Areas,
Improve Public Schoolyards, and Transform Small Parks.
To learn more about how partner agencies
will continue working together on shared park projects, join NCPC and DCMud for a live chat on Thursday, April 29 at 1:00 pm. Watch our website for event details.
NCPC Teams Up for Design Day Design Day at Coolidge High School 
On April 17, the agency teamed up with several local and national partners to design a greenhouse garden at Coolidge High School. The garden will border a greenhouse donated to the school by the Class of 1945. The event paired educators, parents, and the community with landscape architects to design a space that will accommodate a variety of activities and help beautify the campus. The project is an excellent example of Improving Schoolyards, one of six big ideas in CapitalSpace.
2010 Speaker Series: Density and
the Form of the City in the 21st Century

Larry BeasleyLove it or hate it, Washington's Height Act was instrumental in shaping an unmistakable skyline recognized around the world. But can it coexist with the contemporary architecture, density, and sustainable policies of modern times? Join NCPC on May 18 when Larry Beasley, formerVancouver planning director and self-described evangelist for urban density, challenges our basic assumptions about density and the form of the city in the 21st century. 
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Inflatable Seasonal Pavilion at Hirshhorn Receives Favorable Nod
The Commission in April commented favorably on concept plans submitted by the Smithsonian Institution for a seasonal, inflatable pavilion at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The Smithsonian submitted two design alternatives, the "Cork" and the preferred "Soufflé."  
 Hirshhorn Pavilion
Both feature a distinctive, air-filled, egg-shaped, Teflon-fiber dome protruding from the inner courtyard of the museum. When inflated, the structure would provide the museum with opportunities for additional events. The Hirshhorn plans on installing the structure during the months of May and October. View video.