National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — October 2012

You’re Invited to the Federal Urban Design Element Open House

On November 14, NCPC will host an open house to present the draft policies for the first-ever Federal Urban Design Element for the Comprehensive Plan. The policies will provide guidance for the design of federal facilities and promote more active public spaces. Join us at the District Architecture Center (421 7th Street, NW Washington, DC) anytime between 6:30-8:30 pm.

Want to view the draft policies before attending? Not available to attend, yet want to weigh-in? We’ve got you covered:

Info about the Open House
Preview the Open House (video)

Next Commission Meeting
November 1, 2012, 1:00 PM

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Tentative agenda [PDF]
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NCPC on Commemoration

At the November 1 Commission meeting NCPC will release a new report titled “Memorial Trends & Practice in Washington, DC.” Developed in coordination with the National Park Service and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the report provides an overview of the commemorative works planning process and identifies key areas where it can be improved. The report also highlights data on memorial subject matter themes and locations, and features case studies from capital cities worldwide.

NCPC Urban Planner Lucy Kempf, the staff lead for the report, participated in a recent discussion on lesser-known memorials on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show, featuring Kirk Savage, author of "Monument Wars," and Phil Kennicott, the Washington Post’s culture critic.

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Listen to Lesser-Known Memorials radio discussion

Happy Birthday Canberra!

We're wishing our fellow capital city a happy 100th birthday. Australia’s national capital is celebrating its centenary with events throughout the year. We’re particularly intrigued by a choral performance using the writings of Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, and Walter Burley-Griffith (who developed Canberra’s city plan).

Learn more about Canberra’s Centenary

Take Aways

On October 29 at 6:30 pm transportation guru Jeff Tumlin will share his sixteen points for “Getting Parking Right.” Sponsored by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, the event is at NCPC.

The Calvin Coolidge High School Greenhouse Garden Legacy Project received the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) Community Service Award this month. NCPC’s Elizabeth Miller served as the project’s volunteer chair.

NCPC is pleased to announce that Dereth Bush and Maureen Tighe joined our staff as community planners.

Phyllis Vessels, Human Resources Officer, retired after 40 years of federal service. We wish Phyllis the very best.