The Federal Planning Agency for the Nation's Capital

December 2011 


Next Commission Meeting

January 5, 2012 | 12:30 PM

Weigh in on Urban Design


NCPC is developing a new Urban Design Element for the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital that will establish policies designed to make federal public spaces, campuses, and buildings more livable, functional, and sustainable...and we'd like your help. Our new online interface makes it easy to weigh in on what values you think should inform the federal urban design policies and provide examples
of urban design that you like
or dislike. 
New in NCPC Cinema 



Castle Top
Check Out Our First
Ever Live Video
Q&A with

Tune into the December

 Unbuilt Washington


Includes iconic NCPC models, artwork, and plans.


Through May 28, 2012
at the National
Building Museum


Happy Holidays from NCPC!
Georgetown Waterfront Park   

(r)Evolutionary Parks Event Explores the

Future of Public Space

On January 11, the popular NCPC Speaker Series returns with what should be a lively discussion on the future of public spaces: how they will be designed, who will use them, and what it takes to create a great public space. The panel discussion will be held in the elegant confines of the National Archives' McGowan Theater. Join us as a dynamic group of experts from diverse disciplines, including Tupper Thomas, former president of the Prospect Park Alliance, provide fresh perspectives regarding where public space is heading. Co-sponsors include the Trust for the National Mall, the City Parks Alliance, and the National Archives. The program is a companion event to the Trust-sponsored National Mall Design Competition that seeks to redesign three spaces on the National Mall. RSVP


Man and Horse Heritage Trail for Federal Triangle Approved

At the November meeting, the Commission approved preliminary and final site development plans for a Federal Triangle Heritage Trail. The self-guided walking tour will include 16 stops highlighted by free-standing signs placed at key landmarks along the way. Sign content will include images and text telling the story of the art, history, and architecture found in this key slice of the city.  Watch the Commission meeting excerpt >> 


Agency Simplifies Homepage

To make our website easier to navigate, staff recently completed a minor overhaul of the agency's home page. Our goal is to make it easier for people to learn about ongoing initiatives and Commission meeting activities, find out about upcoming events, or provide commentsProminent icons and links focus attention on pertinent information. Social networking links are located on the top of the page, along with details on a featured event, meeting, or plan. The agency's most recent video can be viewed directly from the site's bottom right corner. Be sure to check
out the current video featuring our recent Q&A session with Walter Hood, featuring questions submitted live during the recording via Twitter.