Designers Selected for National Mall Revitalization

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The National Mall is a busy place these days. Work is wrapping up on a new Lincoln Reflecting Pool. The World War I Memorial was given a facelift and preliminary work is being conducted on the future National Museum of African-American History and Culture. But after years of neglect, the National Mall is one step closer to getting the up-keep it requires. According to The Post, Roger Marvel Architects + Peter Walker will design an upgraded Constitution Gardens. The team used the original design for inspiration. OLIN/Weiss/Manfredi will create a “bowl” like setting around the Sylvan Theatre near the Washington Monument. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Davis Brody Bond will re-design Union Square near the U.S. Capital.

Of the three projects, the designers for Union Square were the only team we endorsed. Their plan is elegant, yet modern. It adjusts the trajectory of the pool and wider area – uniting the landscape with the rest of the National Mall. Consider it a vertical “salute” to the Lincoln Reflecting Pool. During the solicitation and design process, the management of Union Square was transferred from the National Park Service to the Architect of the Capital. It will now be responsible for raising the funds to overhaul the site. The Trust for the National Mall, which spearheaded the design, will forward the proposed design to the federal agency.

Work is expected to start in 2014.

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Credit: Roger Marvel/Trust for the National Mall/GGN

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