2010 Speaker Series:
Density and the Form of the City in the 21st Century
In June, Washington's Height Act celebrates its centennial. Many credit the Act with helping to shape one of the most unique skylines known around the world.
Join us on May 18 when Larry Beasley, former Vancouver planning director challenges our basic assumptions about building heights. This self-described evangelist for urban density shares his views on whether the Act can coexist with the needs of a contemporary city. Event begins at 6:30 at the Burke Theater at the Naval Heritage Center.
Coming in June: Washington, DC Film Premiere
Make No Little Plans
Daniel Burnham & the American City
From Chicago to the National Mall, architect and planner Daniel Burnham changed the way American cities were conceived and built. Join NCPC, the Archimedia Workshop, and partners for the film's debut on America's front yard. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama will provide the evening's keynote address.
The outdoor screening will take place rain or shine on the National Mall at 4th Street. Remarks at 8:30 p.m. Film begins at 9:00 p.m. Event Details.
CityVision Focuses on Washington's Waterfront
The spring 2010 CityVision semester welcomed 31 students from John Burroughs Education Campus and Stuart-Hobson Middle School to explore the waterfront in Southeast DC and design plans to develop the emerging area. The National Building Museum brought together local architects and urban planners, including staff from NCPC, to mentor the students. The spring program encouraged the students to reconnect the waterfront to the community and to consider ways to improve the Anacostia River. The students will present their final projects before a jury of design professionals On May 21st in the Museum's Great Hall.
Commission Approves V.A. Master Plan
On May 6, the Commission approved the master plan for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Northwest Washington. The plan will modernize faclities throughout the 35-acre site. It will increase patient areas and research space, add long-term living quarters, and consolidate administrative functions.