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2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR REGIONAL AND URBAN DESIGN RECIPIENT

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Regional & Urban Design

Monumental Core Framework Plan


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Notes of Interest

The Monumental Core Framework Plan is a proposal sponsored by two federal agencies, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission, to transform federal precincts surrounding the National Mall into vibrant destinations and to improve connections between the city, the National Mall, and the waterfront. Proceeding from the context of visionary planning for the national capital, the Framework Plan is a practical tool to guide decisions and investment over the next thirty years and complements concurrent planning efforts in Washington.
The Plan proposes a series of sector-by-sector strategies that are designed to protect the National Mall, create distinctive settings for cultural facilities and commemorative works, overcome barriers between the National Mall and the surrounding city, and enhance the monumental core of Washington as a symbolic and sustainable place to work, visit, and live. Initiated to address immediate needs of accommodating national commemorative sites in the monumental core, the Framework Plan also maintains the federal workplace in the central city while providing opportunities for new parks, infrastructure and transportation improvements, and mixed-use public and private development. The Plan is guided by a foundation of best practices to achieve a high quality of urban design, smart growth, and sustainability in strategies for buildings and infrastructure as well as the urban ecological environment.

Architect

U. S. Government

   

Owner

U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
National Capital Planning Commission

   

Location

Washington, D.C.

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

   

Associate Firm

EDAW-AECOM

   

Photo Credit

© National Capital Planning Commission


JURY COMMENTS

Led by the caretakers of the
National Mall in Washington,
D.C.—the U.S. Commission of
Fine Arts and National Capital
Planning Commission—this plan
has four goals: protect the Mall
from overuse, create cultural and
commemorative settings, improve
Mall-river-city connections, and
bring vibrancy to the District’s
monumental core. Marking the
bicentennial of the original
L’Enfant/Ellicott plan and
centennial of the McMillan Plan,
which created the Mall as we
know it today, this phased
framework promises to stop
degradation of heavily used areas
and open less-used venues to
greater appreciation and public
enjoyment—all within the context
of Washington’s expanding
downtown.


2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR REGIONAL AND URBAN DESIGN JURY


John F. Torti, FAIA (Chair)
Torti Gallas & Partners, Inc.
Silver Spring, Maryland

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA
Lance Jay Brown Architecture & Urban Design
New York City

Brenda Scheer, AIA
University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Salt Lake City

Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA
Uhlir Consulting, LLC
Chicago

Debby Wieneke
Habitat for Humanity of Benton County, Inc.
Bentonville, Arkansas

 

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