National Capital Planning Commission

The Federal Planning Agency for the Nation's Capital

October 2011 


Next Commission Meeting

November 3, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Upcoming Events


Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Dedication

October 16, 2011
9:00 AM | Details


NCPC 2011 Speaker Series:
A Conversation with Bing Thom 

 October 18, 2011
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Details  


Managing Change and Being Good Neighbors with Federal Properties in the DC Region 
(with Marcel Acosta)  

Rail~Volution Conference 
October 19, 2011
2:00 PM | Details 


Temporary Commemoration
 Deisgn Competition Planned


NCPC and GSA are partnering to sponsor a design competition intended to explore new forms of remembrance beyond permanent memorials.  

The "hemicycle" ----  an underused section of the Federal Triangle near 12th Street and Pennsylvania Ave, NW, was selected to serve as the installation site for the winner of the juried competition. The competition is planned for kick-off later this year.


New in NCPC Cinema

Ana Gelabert-Sanchez
Ana Gelabert-Sanchez
on Miami 21    
Redefining Security
2011 NCPC Speaker Series: Redefining Security  
Federal Triangle Stormwater Drainage Study and Companion Report Released

Companion Report CoverFederal and District agencies joined together to develop the Federal Triangle Stormwater Drainage Study, which provides in-depth analysis of a flood that occurred in the city's monumental core during June 2006. The study examines causes and six system-wide alternatives to mitigate damage from future flood events. A preferred alternative was not identified, but data derived from the study is already being put to use by the participating agencies.
Both documents are now available online.


Architect Frank Gehry Updates Commission on Eisenhower Memorial


Eisenhower Memorial Design


At the October NCPC meeting, the design team working on the proposed Eisenhower Memorial updated the Commission on the latest concept. Architect Frank Gehry discussed design changes and the subject matter for the memorial's signature metal tapestries. Responding to past Commission comments, evolving proposals for the landscape design of the 4-acre site were also presented. The site is located just north of the Department of Education Headquarters building, between Fourth and Sixth Streets, SW.  


New Format for Agency Actions and Recommendations

Photo of commission meetingIn response to the federal Plain Writing Initiative, NCPC will update the format of the agency's project recommendations and actions. The new formatting is designed to make these offical documents easier to read and understand by highlighting key information and better outlining the agency's review process.

Samples of the new format are available on our website for review and comment until November 7. After the feedback period, NCPC anticipates making any necessary revisions and plans to begin using the new format for the January 2012 review cycle.