1. All analyses of the current failure of the Promenade, and the proposals for its rehabilitation, development and/or repurposing begin with the removal of at least the northern, east-west portion (“elephant on giraffe's legs”) of the Forrestal Building. If plans for the redevelopment of Virginia Avenue with a through view to the Washington Monument are realized, the whole building will need to be removed. Given the ...more »
Washington was created to be and is our capital, the place where the functions of government take place at the highest level. In planning any part of Washington's monumental core, I believe we'd all agree that one highly desirable result would be winding up some new features or tools that would let us govern ourselves even a little bit better: Tools that would let the three branches of our government work together better; ...more »
The current owner of the land that the plaza part of L'Enfant Plaza occupies plans to replace it with yet another office block. A far higher use of this land and one in keeping with the objectives of this project would developing it as an extension of the Mall that would provide would provide a sheltered space for the sort of activities currently conducted on the Mall itself (festivals, etc). GSA: Get creative in working ...more »
Asking your forbearance (I'm not an engineer or architect), but imagine if the Forrestal Building were re-modeled into two cuboids (3-dimensional rectangles) or towers on either side of 10th Street. These two towers could be connected by an enclosed bridge/walkway (or bridges/walkways) whose walls would be largely glass. DOE would give up the office space that is elevated above 10th Street but they would regain it ...more »
Why not have an audacious goal of generating enough energy in this area to power the area? Given that we have DOE headquarters in the area we have a lot of local expertise. Now that 4th street is included, the co-ops on 4th street could be included, so that they can do solar roofs. Federal buildings could use geothermal and wind.
The DC Fish Market is an important piece of local culture, a vibrant meeting-place for community socializing, and a commercial hub for local businesses. While the addition of retail food space might detract from the DC Fish Market's business, the plan could offset this impact and even enhance the Fish Market's role in the community by adding safer pedestrian access routes. Currently, pedestrians from 10th Street SW ...more »
Please consider inclusion of one or more community gardens into the plan, whether along Maryland Avenue or 10th Street. This would compensate for the planned removal of the Independence Community Garden at 6th St. SW/Independence Ave/Maryland Ave, and it would help fill a crucial local need, as many (if not all) community gardens in the DC area have a multi-year wait-list. There is ample room along 10th Street SW and ...more »
I realize that this is a connection that is out of the development zone, but you said to think out of the box. There should be a shuttle from L'Enfant Plaza and a bike share station on the other side of the bridge in East Potomac Park to make access to Hains Point's recreation and picnic areas more accessible to residents in SW as well as to tourists.
Please enhance Banneker park as tribute to this great regional native. A prominent statue and commemorative monument should be erected, as Banneker was responsible for mapping out Washington, with his extensive knowledge of astronomy (he also published several accurate almanacs, invented a fully functioning wooden clock, an irrigation system, etc. etc. etc.). Banneker was beloved by George Washington who appointed him ...more »
A "Green Decathlon" could be a crown jewel for the Ecodistrict. Like DOE's Solar Decathlon (which is being moved this fall to a site adjacent to the FDR Memorial) the contest would harness huge amounts of free talent and energy from universities around the world in a competition to design and build the "best" green housing units. "Best" would be defined by the contest sponsors (DOE? HUD? Modular, or Manufactured Housing ...more »
Since one of the main goals of the Ecodistrict project is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all possible energy sources should be evaluated. While geothermal is probably the most promising, there are a few places in the Ecodistrict that could might be able to produce modest amounts of energy with vertical wind turbines. In general average wind speeds in the Washington area are low but there are a few places where ...more »
Tap private donations to pay for improvements. We are in an era of increasingly tight resources. If someone is willing to make a big donation to help pay for a park and decking over I-395 let them have their name on the park located there. If someone else were willing to pay for a green roof with public access let them pick the name for that feature. Smaller donations could go for things like permeable, resilient ...more »