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National Capital Planning Commission

August 2011 


Next Commission Meeting

September 1, 2011 | 12:30 PM  
Upcoming Events


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Memorial Dedication
August 22 - August 28 | Details 


NCPC Speaker Series:

Redefining Security
A Decade after 9/11 

September 12, 6:30 PM | Details


 A Conversation with
Ana Gelabert-Sanchez
September 16, 9:00 AM | Details


NCPC Speaker Series
A Conversation with Bing Thom

at the Embassy of Canada

 October 18, 6:30 PM | Details


New in NCPC Cinema
Rogers Marvel Design Image
Comment on Comp Plan


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Mapping the Memorials of Washington, DC



If the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial has sparked your interest in Washington's other monuments, check out NCPC's interactive commemoration map. You can learn the history and significance of 130 federal commemorative works, and sort them by theme. The map is linked with Foursquare, a location-based social networking site. So, you can check in to a location, upload photos, and compete to become the mayor of your favorite monument. We welcome your feedback on the map's usability and accuracy. Tell us what features you would like to see added to future versions of the map.


Also, join summer intern Deborah Schrimmer for a video tour of three fascinating but lesser-known Washington memorials.

Test Drive the Map >>

Redefining Security a Decade After 9/11


Ten years after September 11, temporary and permanent security features are commonplace across Washington's important public spaces. On Monday, September 12, NCPC and the US Department of Commerce will host a panel of experts to examine the current state of security and effective ways to balance security with good design. Join us for a discussion on the balance between securing facilities, while maintaining the access and openness of our city.


Further Details >> | RSVP >>

Conversations on Urban Design


This autumn tune into the latest thinking on urban design, transportation, and land use. First up is former Miami Planning Director Ana Gelabert-Sanchez on September 16. She will discuss Miami 21, the citywide comprehensive plan based on new urbanist and smart growth principles. In 2011 the American Planning Association recognized the initiative with its Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan, one of the group's top honors.


The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)provided over 50 small grants to regional organizations to study innovative approaches to transportation and land use connections. Immediately following Ms. Gelabert-Sanchez's talk, you can also participate in a forum at NCPC's offices, where COG will launch a peer exchange network to bring together interested parties to share information on these grants, best practices, and other land use and transportation topics. 


On October 18, our popular Speaker Series will feature architect Bing Thom, designer of the new Arena Stage, who will explore the legacy of mid-century Modernism in Washington and how we can preserve the recent past without losing the future.


View all upcoming events >>