National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — April 2013

Taking on the Public Realm

London-based artist Helen Marriage headlines NCPC’s next Speaker Series on April 22. As co-director and founder of Artichoke, she produces innovative art events that challenge our assumptions about the use of public space. Joining Ms. Marriage for a panel discussion are the Kennedy Center's Garth Ross, the National Endowment for the Arts' Jason Schupbach, and NCPC's Lucy Kempf to talk about ideas for energizing Washington’s public realm.

Elephants, Spiders, & Puppets, oh my! (more)

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May 2, 2013 | 1:00PM

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Memorial Map 2.0 Launched

Learn even more about your favorite memorial. NCPC updated our interactive map of commemorative works in the nation’s capital. Version 2.0 improves usability and adds more than 80 commemorative works to the sites catalogue. Many map additions lie just beyond the District of Columbia boundaries, including those in Arlington Cemetery. Users can still browse by theme, and find a short description and history of each site. The map is part of Washington as Commemoration, a joint research project by NCPC and the National Park Service.

See the sites with Memorial Map 2.0

Height Master Plan Ready for Public Input

Work is well underway on study components that will inform the Congressionally requested Height Master Plan for Washington, DC, including case studies of other capital cities, and defining federal and local interests related to height management. NCPC and the DC Office of Planning will hold the first round of public meetings to discuss these products in May.

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Take Aways

GSA, ULI, and NCPC hosted a Federal Triangle South Workshop.
NCPC’s Christine Saum talked to WAMU about perimeter security.
Updated Mall Roads Streetscape Manual now available.
Commission reviews proposals for National Mall Turf Reconstruction and Arlington National Cemetery at April meeting.


SW Ecodistrict/10th Street Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 21