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 »
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 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 »
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 »
I'm so pleased with the attention being paid to this part of the city. I wonder whether the proposed streetcar alignments will be revisited if all this redevelopment takes place: It may make more sense for a streetcar to somehow make its way up 10th, instead of up 7th as is planned now. This would also serve more of the proposed waterfront development sites. the circulator could still serve 7th street proper, and once ...more »
I would like NCPC to consider how demolishing the Forrestal Building (and constructing new buildings) is a green practice? The energy used in demolition and rebuilding will far outweigh any LEED rating a new building is given. Not to mention the amount of debris and greenhouse gases that will be generated. The Department of Energy recently did a study to figure out how the building could be renovated to achieve LEED ...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.
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 »
If we are thinking as big as possibly decking I-395 in this area, why not also consider the possibility of highway deconstruction. Many urban areas have recently demolished stretches of highway in downtown areas to reconnect the urban fabric.
This may be completely infeasible, but no more extreme than decking the highway - and probably more beneficial and more in line with the L'Enfant plan.